tfontana (1185) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2017 Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown pour with a thin off white head. Aroma is faintly of coffee and earth. Flavor is of coffee, bitter chocolate malt, and bitter, dry hops...it seems to be overly hopped for a porter. This beer is lacking any distinguishing features to make it something you would get again. It’s got a light body, thin texture, lively carbonated, with a bitter finish. It is thirst quenching, it’s the equivalent of a light porter with lots of coffee flavor.
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Trader Joe's. Appearance is clear dark brown/mahogany with trace sparkle, 1/2-finger width fizzy off-white head with poor retention and no lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, caramel, vanilla. Taste is roasted, slightly burnt, malts with mild vanilla. Palate is medium bodied with thick, smooth texture but the whole drinking experience is dominated by an overly-carbonated fizzy level with sweet, caramel finish. Overall, carbonation dominates the experience though not high marks to begin with. Skippable. Rex_Remes (284) - Bonyhad, HUNGARY - NOV 10, 2017
(12oz bottle ... Different label and 5.7% ABV) AROMA: dark chocolate, roasted wheat/barley, some coffee, bran, english muffin APPEARANCE: dark brown with a reddish tint, light coffee head, tight foam TASTE: extra dark chocolate, unsweetened capucino, roasted nuts, wood, tartness in the middle PALATE: medium body, relatively bold flavor, initially light/smooth/watery then biting/acidic, bitter finish, a bit unbalanced OVERALL: interesting beer, not sure what to make of it as i dont drink many porters (are the flavors off or not?), solid choco-coffee flavors with some creaminess, maybe a bit lighter than a top porter. trapped (3798) - New York, TURKEY - SEP 5, 2017
Draught @ the source. Clear brown with slightly reddish tint, very small frothy beige head, sweetish caramel malt aroma, low carbonation, mildly bitter caramel/roasted malt taste, thin body, long medium bitter finish. Not very enticing. geologyguy (1687) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - MAY 11, 2017
Medium strength coffee smell...taste is same with roasted malt...good boldness but not a lot of complexity... roasted malt more prevalent than the coffee.. pawleys island 2017...juli bought for me! nickd717 (4999) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 15, 2017
Bottle. Darker brown in color with a well retained khaki head. Aroma is English style, damp earth, tea, milk chocolate, toffee. Flavor is medium sweet, earthy, sweet toffee notes, good bitter balance. Medium bodied, reasonably smooth feel. This seems to get a bad rap but it is quite enjoyable if you like the English version of the style.
hershiser2 (3833) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2017
$1.00 bottle from Trader Joe’s, Charlottesville. Pours clear dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of cocoa powder, maybe some coffee. Flavor is strangely sweet up front and really bitter on the back end. Roasted nuts, coffee, some cocoa, and caramel. Odd. Bulk_Carrier (6064) - Vermont, USA - FEB 2, 2017
Poured into a mug, the appearance was a black color with a finger’s worth of white to off white foamy head that dissipated evenly leaving some speckled lace.
The aroma had some roasty coffee bean with some sweet and spicy black licorice. Roasted nuts. Caramel tones.
The flavor leaves some sweet to roasty coffee beans and milk chocolate sweetness flowing underneath a huge amount of caramel and toffee malts. Slick malty aftertaste and finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Roastiness seems tame along my tongue but caramel malts seem to feel slick.
Overall, weird porter, as if there’s too much caramel malts going on. Not necessarily one I would come back to. 17Beer (451) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Nutty and sweet malt smells. Pours dark black with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Light lacing. The flavors are balanced toasted malt and nuts with a short slightly sour finish. Low carbonation and crisp mouthfeel. Nice porter. bigericsports (104) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 17, 2016
12oz bottle from Trader Joe’s, Deep brown pour with a thin light creamy head. The aroma is mainly of dark malts, slightly smokey and peppery with hints of figs, other dark fruits. A pretty good, easy drinking porter. thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 3, 2016
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. An average to slightly below average porter, with a sweet, nutty caramel flavor at first that shows off more dark cocoa as it warms up. Thin and light, though, which made the flavors drop off quickly. Still, not a bad pint.