sjohnny (636) - - JUL 13, 2017 novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 One of the best porters around, period. Extremely balanced flavor, pillowy texture and cream colored head sit atop a lovely dark brown pour. Velvet texture, bittersweet baker’s chocolate taste compliment a hoppy, coffee beer.
Toast. Malt. Hint of coffee. Hint of earth. Dark brown almost black. Quarter inch medium tan head that just stays and stays. Burnt toast. Sharp finish. Earthy. Just screams "classic Porter".
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(12oz bottle) AROMA: coffee, roasted malt, smokey, toast, kahlua, leather, some spices, black pepper APPEARANCE: Rich dark brown, dense coffee froth TASTE: coffee, dark chocolate, earth, spice, burnt wood, roasted vegetables, some caramel sweetness up front, residual dryness on the finish. PALATE: medium-to-full bodied, soft and creamy on the front, not overly heavy, lightly fizzy, relatively clean and refreshing through the front and middle, some bitter on the finish, average lingering. OVERALL: very drinkable porter, not too heavy, solid body and flavors, an interesting beer, a good every day porter. DWestrick (758) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 5, 2017
bottle. terrific chocolate and coffee flavor. one of the best porters i’ve had. WillemsUrenkel (1876) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUN 26, 2017
12 fl oz bottle from Sam The Beer Man, Binghamton, NY. Pours out in a darkest red brown. Nearly two finger beige head. A lot of dark malt and choco on the nose. Taste ist smooth, choco, coffee, dark malty and present hop, hints of berriefruits. Intensive. Very low carbonated. Long lasting aftertaste with some bitterness. Really nice one. stevoj (5046) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 26, 2017
Bottle from Consumers Beverage. This one’s reputation precedes it. Excellent throughout. Near black pour with tight, creamy beige head, leaves rings of lacing all the way down. Aroma is chocolate, roast malts, coffee. Taste is sweet, chocolate, burnt toast. Feel is creamy and slick. Sweet bitterness lingers. Perfect porter, benchmark for the style.
randy1969 (46) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017
Dark brown appearance. Aroma is malty with chocolate. Taste is cola with chocolate. More of a bitter finish. eRock_2013 (471) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2017
Was finally able to snag a bottle of this while on a recent trip up North, brought it home to SC and currently enjoying this outside on a beautiful cool spring afternoon. This exceptional rendition of a classic American porter pours a dark brown-black color with translucent highlights of ruby-brown, and has a bright off-white khaki head. Lots of foam and bubbles at the top but not as much lacing from this bottle. Regardless, this brew releases a fresh roasty chocolate malt aroma with notes of wood smoke and mocha. Flavor features a dark slightly smokey cocoa and coffee bean maltiness along with a mild but recognizable northwest hoppy bitterness, and finishes with a bittersweet dark chocolate taste. A hint of vanilla was also present. The hoppiness is clean and herbal, which distinguishes this from the more earthy hops of this brew’s London porter cousins. This beer has a surprisingly light-medium body given the complexity of the flavor, distinctly smooth and refreshing on the palate for a porter. A great example of balanced drinkability with complexity, light enough to drink casually but sophisticated enough to sip and savor. I would love to find this one again, would be a go-to porter for me if only there was the availability down south. Dacrza (980) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - APR 27, 2017
DATE: April 27, 2017... OCCASION: uncapping an Ohio classic--how haven’t I had this already?!--as I expect the Browns to finally find a classic of their own (Myles Garrett?)... GLASSWARE: Stoudt’s autographed pint...pours a nice, dark body that floats a thick brown head, fluffy and effervescent enough... brilliant, thick chocolate, coffee bean, roasted toffee, slight caramel, suppressed hoppiness--slight citrus, yes... boldly announces itself at just 5.8% ABV... instantaneous warmth, with a thick creaminess that acts as a dessert unto itself... peat and chocolate linger at the finish, while teeth buzz with hoppy presence.... medium-bodied, tremendously drinkable... avoids the cola cliche of lesser porters, with the sweet, peaty finish that evokes a scotch ale...caramel, coffee, oak, and soft vanilla--a lot packed into this one... versatile, powerful, rewarding--like Myles Garrett?--and another victory for one of the best things going for Cleveland... what a great everyday porter, as the style was no doubt intended to be... ginotarugo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 20, 2017
Pours a very dark color. Don’t care for the taste - Very bitter with an unpleasant aftertaste that lingers. Absolutely won’t be drinking again. freekyp (2257) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2017
The porter to compare all other American porters to, EF is superbly roast with deep coffee and blackstrap molassses tones. Super drinkable but hearty. Pours dark brown and leaves long legs of tan lacing. Robust yet pairable with any pub grub. True to It’s English roots.