Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poured a very deep garnet with a light toffee head. Really cool copper sheen on the top as the head dissipated. Some lacing ensued. Deep, roasty chocolate malts (milk first, followed by baker’s chocolate) in the aroma, with bitter coffee coming through as this warmed. Coffee became more pronounced in the flavor, giving a great bitterness around the edges and at the finish. Chocolate also played a large part in the flavor... and there was a nice dose of citric hoppiness at the finish. Heaven on the palate... smooth chocolate across the middle, and roasty & bitter coffee and hoppage around the edges. Citrus twist at the finish. Nice medium-heavy fullness to it. Great brew! blankboy (7689) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2005
Draught at Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Pours a very dark brown with ruby hues and a nice size lasting light-brown head. Looks great. Nice well balanced aroma and flavour of roasted malt, hops, espresso, nuts and chocolate. Full bodied, especially for a Porter. Really good! hopshopshops (4) - napoleon, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005 does not count
pours very dark with little head. smells of chocolate. smooth taste, hops and chocolate and coffee all at the same time. easily the best beer from great lakes. oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Pours dark brown almost black with a thin tan head. Has a roasted, malty and coffee aroma. Flavor is very well balance with a crisp finish with notes of malt, chocolate, coffee, and smoke. HogTownHarry (6872) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2006 Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Poured deep black with a good lasting light brown head (4.5). Aroma of dark roast nutty malt, hops, a touch of coffee and raisins, appealing spiciness emerges as it warms. Taste is burnt aromatic leaves, dray roast malt, toasted chestnuts, there’s some sweetness and spices underlying this - very grassy, quite odd - not unappealing, just odd. Decent body for a porter, extremely dry, this is a complex and difficult to pin down. A real sipper.
whiterabbit81 (244) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Very impressive for a easily attainable, reasonably priced porter. Pours a dark black with a foamy (off) white head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Flavor is wonderfully choclately and creamy with a nicely sweet (and somewhat hoppy) aftertaste. Perhaps a bit of a maple flavor. Very thick in the mouth; one gets the flavor of hop when one licks the lips. Just a great porter. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 This is a re-rate. I think they must be doing something different now as previously I gave this a 3.4. On tap at Kuma’s. Deep brown, red around the edges, huge roasty character with coffee and chocolate shining through. Quite hoppy and robust. Just plain awesome. BeerandBlues2 (13321) - Escondido, California, USA - NOV 12, 2005
Bottle from OhioDad. Pours black with ruby highlights and a small frothy tan head. Sweet dark chocolate roasted caramel malt aroma with raisin and port notes. Bitter acidic hoppy start, creamy dark chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor. Dark and full bodied, lightly creamy, smooth palate. lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 12, 2005
On tap this nice porter hits full stride with a considerable, persistent off-white head and robust hoppy aroma. The hops in the nose subside slightly for a dry sweetness that is all porter roast malt. This parrellels the flavor of this well-balanced brew that is tad on the light side. Could gain a bit in impact and flavor if a little more alcohol and malt complexity were added. On the other hand, its refreshing when a good beer isn’t overdone. A good porter that is a standard bearer for the field. antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Had to break open a bottle I had been saving for Nov. 10th to commemerate the tragic accident with this excellent porter. Pours a dark brown with nice lacing and an off white head. Excellent mouthfeel, with just a little bitter chocolate, but well balanced with the hops. Nicely done porter.