kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle. Poured a nearly opaque dark brown with reddish hues in light. Head was tan, soda-like, and evaporated quickly leaving a slight layer that would lace. The scent was strong of roasted malts with a hint of coffee. Sweet up front with a dry bitter binish that left a lingering bitterness dark-chocolate and coffee are noticeable. Felt a bit thin in the mouth, went down like watery with a very minute carbonated tingle. I enjoyed it but was a little disappointed with this one I was hoping for a bit more robust flavor. f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2006
Nice porter from Great Lakes. Roasted malt takes over a bit of burnt coffee taste. Enough hop presence to balance the malty goodness. Not overly sweet, just a smooth example of a porter. drainey (234) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Light black body with a small, quickly dissipating brown/white head. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate with some roasted malts and a bit of spice. Flavor is a very nice blend of chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of sweetness. Palate seems a bit thin. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2006
On tap. perfect opaque pitch appearance with a thick tan head. Roast malt and charcoal on the nose coffee and some earth introduced in the flavor. Very, very good on tap. csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2006
It’s funny. I bought a six pack of this a long time ago and have been drinking one every now and then. I am down to my last one and I thought, for sure, that I had already rated it, but it appears I have not. 12oz bottle, bb Jan 29, 2005. Served in an english pint at 57.5°. The color is dark red, bordering on black, with some crimson tint around the edges and a small, khaki head. Aroma is roasty and a little sour. The initial taste roasty and mocha-like with milk chocolate sweetning the bitter malts. The midtaste is roasty with some earthy, woodsy hops dancing in the background. The finsh is mildly bitter and the roasty flavor lingers. The mouthfeel is full, but average for a porter. There seems to be an overly earthy flavor in the beer, not sure if it is due to the choice of hops or the age, but it takes away slightly from an otherwise nice beer. Will try again fresh.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - FEB 25, 2006
(Bottle (best by 6/30/06) via trade with <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?UserID=2 target=blank>OhioDad, thanks Scott!) This one pours a rich dark brown with a smallish khaki head. Aroma is fairly mild - coffee, some rich maltiness, also some plum. A bit of fine lacing. Mouthfeel very smooth, maybe a touch watery. Taste is rich roasted coffee blended with malt. A bit of chocolate comes through as it warms, also that bit of plum. Finishes with a touch of bitter. Has just the right amount of alcohol. Very good. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Pours a transparent blackish garnet red, with copious amounts of lasting tan head. Nose is sweet and malty with faint bitterness. Flavor wise this beer will fool you. Nice rich malts give it a for-front sweetness that becomes darker and more complex. Even has a subtle hop bitterness in the finish. Do yourself a favor and do whatever it takes to get a hold of this bad boy! bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 17, 2006
"Good beer. Poured brown with mahoganey edges with a good head that laced well. Aroma was of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor was the same with just the right amount of hops in it. Good solid beer. " bgburdman9 (861) - columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Poured a very dark reddish brown that I had to shine straight into light to even notice. Had a very choclately and coffee aroma which was very nice. The flavor was even better and it felt great in the mouth. Overal a very good beer. decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2006
Poured from a 12oz btl dark reddish brown that at first I thought was black. The head was a rolling frothy tan that changed rather quickly to a nice foamy ring. A roasty, chocolatity aroma laced with coffee and a not overpowering hops background. Taste almost identical to aroma. With medium bitterness that stays with you. A good smooth texture. Overall a good, good beer. The bottle said to drink it at 45* mine got better and better as the temperature crept up at about 55+ I thought it was at it’s best.
Gave my wife a taste and told her to tell me what she tasted first her response was "yuk bitter soap". Go figure?