slowrunner77 (12040) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"the bar is set awful high in this style by fullers, but this is pretty dang good, and one of Jack Russells better brews. malted chocolate and roasted malt abound. thin, but flavorful and aromatic."
Homer321 (5070) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2014
draft at brewery. Much chocolate and roast in the nose. good here. Taste is astringent, roasty and bitter from a huskiness in the beer. Really drying and not in a good way. Dodgrblu (751) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
4 ounce taster at the Taproom. Reddish color, less roasted flavor than the red. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - OCT 24, 2009
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured dark brown with a beige/tan head. aroma was very pleasant with chocolate and coffee with a touch of hershey’s syrup. flavor was a bittering coffee followed up by subdued dark roasts with a nice bittering. medium body with high carbonation. probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
12 fl. oz. bottle shared by Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a goblet. Likely 3 years old. JA11/09.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 21, 2008
App.: Deep brown-black with ruby highlights, clear, tan head that diminishes quickly.
Aroma: Wow! Really thick, heavy rum, dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, some coffee and milk chocolate, sour cherries, light acidity, black strap molasses.
Palate: Medium-light body, fairly full effervescence.
Flav.: Coffee, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, a little smoke, some fruitiness, a bit of hops (green leafy?), a little cardboard, some light smoke/ash; fairly dry with good bitterness.
Great stuff, held up
Draft. Nutty, malty aroma with light hints of chocolate, coffee and roast. The body is a dark ruddy brown and holds a thin tan head. Chocolate, some sour twang, toast, cocoa, coffee and a decent blast of roast malt. Not bad but not something I’d drink regularly. Just seems a little off. hayduke (5204) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 3, 2008
From a 12 oz bottle purchased from Corti Bros in Sacramento for $1.49. Poured very dark brown that looked nearly black, but when held up to the light turned out to ber a very dark red.. Head was quite dark also tending toward tan. Great lacing rings
Nose is of coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and rich, and medium bodied. Flavor is rich dark malts with light hops in the background. Finish is dry and good to the last drop. A really quite excellent porter. bhensonb (15190) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Bottle from Corti Bros. Nice darkly roasted, nigh toasted, malt aroma. Near opaque black/brown color with a beige head. A bit thin in body, with light, creamy carbonation. It’s definitely dark toast. We are talking antique Guinness, nearly. There’s coffee. Small hint of chocolate. The finish is dry, with a very light sour note, and dark toast. It seems to be a high quality porter that could rival some stouts. Smooth it is. Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 11, 2006
Dark brown ale with reddish hue and light moka head. Coffee aroma, with roasted bitterness. In mouth, roasted coffeee beans, powdery chocolate, medium bodied, very pleasant porter. On tap at brewery, August 2005. fatguys (76) - Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Poured from a bottle purchased at the brewery. Nearly black, but more like a really, really dark ruby red. There’s a nice chocolaty milk head and strong aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, etc. The beer is really isn’t that thick, but it’s not a stout, so it doesn’t have to be.
This beer’s asset is its strength of taste, which is quite strong. Most Jack Russell beers are good, along with a few duds, and this was a better beer than I thought it would be. If I could add one thing, it would be a bit more sweetness.
This and Fuller’s are probably some of the best porters I’ve had. Nicely done. Would like to try on tap.