ironprog (96) - Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark (almost black) amber with a creamy, tall, light-tan head that dissipates slowly. Aroma is of sweet chocolate with hints of caramel. Taste is sweet to start with but then has a slight amount of bitter-sour for the finish, which makes for a nice contrast. The beer has a medium body with a silky texture. Carbonation is average. Overall, this is a nice beer. I’ve had better Porters than this, but I would certainly buy (and more importantly) drink this again. Thankfully, this is carried by my local grocer, so I will probably be partaking again very soon! Augdraught1981 (267) - Harlem, Georgia, USA - JUL 10, 2015
Semi-transparent dark pour with a thin, light tan head and strong sweet cocoa & dark chocolate aroma. The line between sweet stout & this porter is very thin. Very nice taste that imitates the smell with some vanilla and the slightest bitterness that cuts some of the sweetness. Flavorful & enjoyable. tderoeck (10955) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 2, 2015
1/VI/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from a trade @ home - BB: n/a, bottled: XI/22/14 (2015-742) Thanks to Scott for the trade!Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Clear chestnut brown to purplish beer, small irregular creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Doesn’t look like a porter to start with. Aroma: nutty, caramel, sweet, some mocha, toast, dried fruits, banana, some cocoa powder. Doesn’t smell like a porter either, more like a brown ale or a Belgian dubbel. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: lots of caramel, bit sourish, yeast, hoppy bitterness, some banana, soft roasted flavour. Aftertaste: hoppy, banana, bit nutty, toast, yeast, caramel, dried fruit, bit yeasty, bread. Nope, doesn’t taste like a porter either. They should sell this as a dubbel. Very weird.
12oz bottle from trade. Pours a thin brown color with a finger of foamy light tan head. Aroma of light roasted malts, cardboard, and a hint of vanilla. Taste is better then the aroma. Roasted malts, some earthy bitterness, burnt toast, and some citrus tang in the finish. tillmac62 (772) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2015
BOD 12/3/14. Pours dark as a starless night. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.
Nice nose of roast and slight chocolate over a subtle malt sweetness.
Light medium body with a smooth texture that has hints of creaminess. Superb carbonation with a nice prickly effervescence from the middle on.
The flavor profile is intense enough, well balanced and reasonably complex. It begins with a blend of roast and weak chocolate that never really delivers a flavor punch. The middle has a slight bitterness and is where the oatmeal quality can be detected. The finish is a slow fade of light roast bitterness. A good starter for the porter/stout style since it has the classic flavor components but delivers them in a "light" style.
TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2015
Pours a very dark, opaque brown color with tan head. Roasted malt, oats not surprisingly, and a hint of cocoa on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes smooth. aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2015
This is a very dark beer that is good on cold nights. Has a distinct oatmeal taste. Good aroma and a creamy head. Nice palate with great overall taste. Well done. ben4321 (6900) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2015
Location: Draft at the Biltmore, 1/1/15
AWISLguy (3497) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Aroma: Light nose with chocolate and roasted notes, caramel, and some hints of ash
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a decent sized tan head on top
Flavor: Flavor-wise, it is pretty similar to the nose, light and a little sweet, ashy and bitter notes
Palate: Light bodied and a little thin, not quite watery, but thinner than I would have preferred
Thought this was a decent one, though it is a little thin overall. The flavor, aroma, and even the feel just come off as a little muted/thin. Decent, drinkable, hardly memorable.
Bottle from Total Wine in Jensen Beach. Pours black with a tannish brown head leaving tons of sticky lace. Aroma has molasses and licorice and caramel with light chocolate & raisin touches. Taste is of raisins, light roast, caramel, some molasses and a bit of cocoa. Medium to full bodied without any alcohol presence. Finishes well blended between bitter and sweet, but quite short. No bottle date, and more raisin-y than sweet or roasty, so that is a concern. Highland continues to supply mediocre stuff. 13.4 Aggiebob (1430) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Bottle: Poured dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma was chocolate and the taste was also of chocolate and black coffee. Medium bodied with a long finish. Overall an ok porter but a little strong on the coffee taste.