mephisto (1288) - TAIWAN - APR 30, 2010 cazort (565) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 This beer had a fairly weak aroma. It had a sourness immediately when it hit the tongue--one might say "tangy" as a euphemism. I however am not a fan of the sourness. There is a strong roasted flavour to this beer, with some complexity to the beer. This one is moderately bitter but the hops don’t really stand out, and I don’t taste much malt outside of the roast. The sourness of this beer made it less enjoyable--without it it would be one of the better porters I’ve had, but as it stands the sourness seriously detracts from my enjoyment of it. From my experience, most of the John Harvards beers share this mild but unpleasant bitterness.
pitch black with a thin layer of brown head. it has chocolate aroma and a creamy body. it is nutty and appropriately bitter; the finish is dry. smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 2, 2009
Here is the cask-conditioned version of their "standard".
As a friend of mine said, "this is closer to a stout". I agree, this is firmly on the border between the two style. I like the cask version as it is closer to a homebrew with a notable amount of yeast flavor. Lots of black patent malt in the flavor which provides some of the bitterness. The rest comes from some balancing (and peppery) hop. Full-bodied as expected. An easy beer to have a second. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Enjoyed this brew in while touring Harvard Square. Good looking beer, black with amber head. Good lacing. Heavy aroma of coffe. Thick mouth feel with standard coffee and chocolate flavor with the hops coming in at the end. JFGrind (2054) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2007
I’m 95% sure this was the Porter I sampled at the Wayne, PA location. Black medium bodied with black patent, roast, chocolate malts and additional coffee and bitter finish. Well done porter, hopefully this is a regular in the line-up so I can take a growler home with me. stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Sampled @ John Harvards Brewhouse with the Mad_Indian. Pours Black with a good size tan head. Aroma of roast, cofee, and earthy hops. The flavor is coffee, roast, with traces of chocolate and bitterness.
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Sampled with Stegosaurus during our second Boston Tour. Served at John Harvards brewing. Black pour with off white head. Big nut\roast aroma. A little watery in the mouth feel. It was ok. yespr (45930) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2007
From tap at the brewpub in Cambridge. Pours deep brown almost black with a light red hue, light brown head. Roasted malt aroma, a hint of coffee. Roasted malt flavoured, almost coffee like. Has a minor orange note to it. Chocolate and malty sweet to dry bitterhops finish. Nice. jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Not bad at all. Nice deep color, aroma, and flavor. Most noticeable are chocolate, roasted malts, and some burnt flavorings, though I could have used a little more bite. User37895 (3042) - - MAY 31, 2006
I enjoyed this one from the local John Harvard’s. Nice dark brown color with a head that wasn’t sustained. Modest burnt taste predominated by the chocolate / coffee undertones. Finished nicely with light hops.