randy1969 (93) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2017
Nutty, chocolate malt aroma. Fantastic appearance of black color with a rocky head. Tastes produced lightly sweet start- full bodied with oily texture, a crisp carbonation, and a long/roasty finish. jcr (2779) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 29, 2017
Draft (on nitro). Dark brown body with a frothy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet chocolate, molasses. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, nitro texture, lively carbonation. Dry finish after a sweet start. The tastes of sweet chocolate and roast bitterness are nicely balanced. AirForceHops (7900) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2017
Draft 5 oz. pour, deep brown. Nose of roasted chocolate with lots of roasted notes. Excellent flavors of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and plenty if hops. Well carbonated and lively on the tongue. High drinkability, very smooth and works pretty well. gripweed57 (2917) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2017
16 ounce can from Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem, PA. Translucent black, brown color. Small creamy tan head. Roasted malt nose. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and fresh baked brownies. A straightforward American Porter. Flavorful and simplistic. Superspak, do us a solid and reduce your words. You are over analyzing in you ratings. Stop repeating yourself. Look up the meaning of self-editing. Less is more. Thanks. Scipio (1238) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours black with a full, tan head that slowly settles. The aroma is bigger on roasted malts and cocoa, and some lesser coffee, chocolate and pine. The taste is quite dry and mildly bitter. Lots of chocolate and roasted malts here, somewhat earthy, cocoa, light vanilla, and some slight pine comes through late. Chocolate and piney aftertaste. Its medium to full in body, creamy and thicker in texture, and has some very soft carbonation. This one is a little heavy overall on the palate to prevent drinking throughout the night, but its solid enough.
tmoreau (4678) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2017
On tap at Ellyn's Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. as a 5 oz. serving listed on the menu as a Schwartzbier ?? showing a black/brown hue, a creamy, tan layer of foam, with curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was roasted, smooth maltiness, with just a slight touch of caramel sweetness, and baker's cocoa & dryness. Medium bodied, with fair carbonation, the taste was similar, less the sweetness, with earthy, roasted/coffee, and slightly resinous astringency, parched & dry, with slight hints of smoke & tar. Not full bodied enough to be a Porter, and not hop forward enough to be a Black IPA, but somewhere pleasantly in between. Strykzone (7715) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2017
16 oz. can. Very dark with amber highlights. Thick lacing remains from the tan head. Aroma is hop forward but a little roast. Grass is noted. The flavor begins roasty with some char. Grapefruit bitterness has a big bite to it and there is coffee roast. I taste some grass and more citrus. Earth becomes prominent. This is bold and robust. mansquito (6972) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 5, 2017
Nitro at Double Windsor: pours black with a creamy beige head. Aroma is roasty coffee plus some chocolate and general maltiness. Taste is lightly bitter and some coffee. Very smooth and easy. superspak (6094) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2017
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 1/31/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, caramel, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of nuttiness, smoke, char, caramel, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent hop/roast flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is a delicious black IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and citrus/pine hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/drying finish. Was expecting it to be more aggressively bitter; but this still had really great balance between hops and malts. Nice well rounded complexity between both. Kind of a more like a hoppy porter instead. A very enjoyable offering regardless. ads135 (5053) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 1, 2017
A pretty solid overall porter. Thick and black with a good amount of chocolatey malts, though a tad on the thin side. Tried with Brandon at the brewery in 2017 after ASEH.