Tmoney99 (14970) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2011
Draft sample. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet coffee flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid drinkable brew that I would recommend to a freind.
deyholla (12270) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2013
On tap at the brewpub. Pours near black with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of roasted malts, with dark grains, chocolate and a hint of dryness. Flavor is heavy with roasted malts and has a bit of chocolate with a dry finish. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Hella good porter from GABF. Dark brown pour, light tan head. Good roasty backbone, really good chocolatey notes, some coffee and a fruity note...not sure I got the mandarin...maybe more of a tropical note. Good stuff. Really nice. BVery (11361) - 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. cubs (10714) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2013
GABF 2013. Pours a black appearance with a thin brown head. Really piney, spicy hoppy, dark chocolate, grapefruity aroma. A touch burnt chocolate malty flavor that is fairly roasty with a hint of smoke and pine.
phaleslu (10668) - 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. nimbleprop (8750) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 5, 2011
4oz pour is a watery, opaque black with a thin, creamy tan head. Sweet, chocolate aroma, toasted breads, crackers, lightly nutty, bread crust. Flavor is sweet, malty, licorice, brown sugar, light coffee grounds, toasted bread, chocolate. Full bodied, lightly sweet but otherwise dry finish. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a near opaque blackish hue, some brown thrown in and a ruby bottom. Cakey brownish head stays as a sturdy film, ok lacing overall. Aromas are roast and cocoa, offering firm dry and bittersweet chocolate, some caramel and toffee, toast, and oranges. Touches of florals, with a chocolate covered orange essence. Fruity and chocolatey. Initial is thinner bodied than expected, a Summer Porter perhaps, with a nice blast of cocoa, sweet and bittersweet mingle, some light roast, more cocoa, touches of toast, faint sweeter caramel grows a bit. Showing some light fruity orange and grapefruit Amarillo hopping influence, a light bitterness from the florals and hops grow on the backend, melding into the dry cocoa and roasty essence. A lot of chocolate in this thing, but not a heavy malt body by any means. A touch of anise, creamy sweeter body grows a bit more as I get further in, staying more chocolatey, with more oranges, touches of gumballs from the Amarillo. I didn’t find this all that appeal up front, but further into the glass it really grows on me. Quite drinkable, a nice palate experience. The hops start to grow a bit more up front, graperfruit and oranges. By the end, I was a believer. nuplastikk (6453) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Tap at Haymarket. Opaque black with a steady beige head. Big American Porter. Oily sweet specialty malt thing going on. They kind of nail it with the self described mandarin orange covered in chocolate. A pretty respectable porter, some odd, chalky edges. kaser (6382) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Coffee and cocoa taste and aroma. Slightly bitter. After sitting on it I can taste the oranges. Easy porter to drink. Poured from draft at Haymarket Brewey in Chicago.