Newk (299) - - SEP 23, 2012
Poured from tap at haymarket. Pours a dark brown color with a foamy head.
Quite pungent with good complexity and aromas of roasted espresso beans, malts, chocolate, and some toffee tones as well.
Full bodied with a real smooth feel. Very good depth as well with some power behind it and flavors of roasted malts, coffee beans, chocolate and there is even a citrus hint on the back end.
This is a real quality porter. The citrus on the feel caught me a little surprised, but it was more in a good way than bad. This is one of the better beers I’ve had from haymarket. BVery (10711) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2012
Tap at the brewpub. Very dark pour with a clingy head. Bold chocolate, light smoke, full yet easy drinking palate. Great stuff. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - SEP 13, 2012
On tap at brewpub. Pours a dark brown color topped with a finger of tan foam. The nose is hop forward with pine and wood followed by roasted malts. The taste is smokey up front with a great floral hop finish. The mouthfeel is relatively light with mild carbonation. novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Superbly balanced porter with a foamy, beige and creamy head. Amarillo hops, dry malts and English chocolate round out this stunning beer. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2012
4oz pour at haymarket. brown black with an off -white head. Loads of roasted/burnt malt on the flavor. Charcoal and that. Very roasty and proportionally less bitter a finish than you’d imagine. Body is perhaps a little thin.
phaleslu (10454) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pour from a growler the night before MWBBF at Perennial- thanks to the Haymarket manager for sharing it with us. Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with a small off-white head. Big toasty malts and chocolate on the nose, with some earth and nuts. The flavor isn’t much different; really toasty and chocolaty, with earth, brown sugar, and nuts. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Solid porter. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin creamy light tan head. Nice rich roasty aroma with strongly evident piney hops. Flavor delivers the same with a nice balance of chocolatey dark roast and a resinous hop finish. Good!
troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2011
[Tap] Sampler at the brewpub. Pours a very dark brown color with a creamy looking brown head. Heavy roasted aroma is dusty and a bit grainy. Roasted grains, chocolate and dry earthy malts in the taste. Hints of leather and licorice in here as well. Good mouthfeel and somewhat chalky finish. Not bad, but honestly nothing spectacular either. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2011
Blacksox porter. 4oz sample at the source... Pours a darker stout pour with a creamy light beige head... Cocoa chocaltey nose although hard to place the hops .. roasty chocolate flavors with a medium sweetness along with an earthy coating feel in the mouth. Very light hoppy feel at the very end... Medium bodied. Solid porter.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
On tap at Haymarket in Chicago. This was a nice and roasty porter with a good balance and flavor. Roasted coffee permeates throughout the nose, but without being overpowering. The rich caramel and powdery dark malts come off just slightly too sweet for my liking in an aroma. Earth and pine bitterness works well in the background. The body is well carbonated, mildly creamy, and well bittered. The flavor is a good mix of roasted dark malt, molasses, sweet dark fruits, earth, mellow citrus, and herb. All notes blend nicely together. This was overall, a porter done right. Well done.