BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Thick chocolate, coffee and toffee aroma and flavors. Light hop bite in the finish really evens this out. Silky smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Very good. beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Super dark brown with a sliver of amber at the bottom. Black in most light. Tall, dense cap of tanned froth bubbles up with verve. Slowly fades to keep one impressive amount always present. Tons of lace in thick cob-webby curtains draping across the glass. Great looking porter!
Aroma is of mild powdery milk chocolate with an airy charred wood hint thats slimmingly earthy and just a touch of roasted coffee.
Taste is quite nice. Lengthy middle and finish. Front is fluffy and cocoa powdered. Middle gains girth with some mild, easy roasted parts, more cocoa, and a bit of tender waxyness wrapping up the chocolate tones as it finishes dry and coffeeish with a tang of broad and darkly set roastyness. Kinda creamy in a few areas around the edges, a nice little balance to keep the roast, tang, burntness, and chocolate from going places it shouldn’t.
Feel is unique as it tends to start kinda big, but mellows off nicely with a wetter, creamier side to its bold richness. Great simple texture with a full washy fluffyness. Mild, yet eager finish with a lasting recall of cocoa, roast, and creamy smooth malts.
Wow, this stuff is fun to drink. The perfect porter. Rich, creamy, bold, lasting, flavorful - damn fine stuff. Drinkable, and then some. nr706 (13) - Evanston, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
12 oz. bottle into 16 oz. snifter. Light tan head average at first, never completely dissipates. Roasty aroma, with hints of coffee and chocolate. Smooth, medium/full body, with flavors that progress toward slight bitterness as it stays on the palate. Very drinkable. jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2010
Huge creamy tan head rides atop black nectar. Nose is cocoa and malt. Very creamy on the palate with a big bold taste of carmel, malt, coffee and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with a slight hop flavor. An upper tier Porter that can accompany a wide variety of foods, especially deli sandwiches, burgers or brats. tastebud (8) - Verona, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2010 does not count
Aroma is of roasted barley, nuts, and a wee bit of hops. It goes down super clean with a bit of sweetness and finishes with some smoke. Great offering from Tom!
jeffrobadger (7) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2004 does not count
Rich and fairly thick, sweeter than the last porter I had, and fairly nutty. Very dark with medium dirty cream head. Aroma has chocolate, nuts and coffee undertones. Almost too sweet for a porter, but it was so good I don’t mind if it’s not what I expected. Only problem is the growler, which isn’t very convenient all the time. Overall a good beer, one I will have again soon. chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2006 On tap at Old Chicago in Madison. Big tan head. Medium to full body. Rich chocolate with lesser coffee note. Dark berries give the dry bitter chocolate a tart, sour edge. Not sweet or syrupy or sticky at all. Maybe a touch of vanilla. I tired a single bottle at room temperature and you really catch the tart berries at the tip of your toungue the moment it touches your mouth. Great. Nuffield (4199) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2006
I am very pleased to see that others thought, as I did, that this was a very solid porter. I didn’t expect much after having a different Lake Louie beer. It poured with a moderate cream lace after a vigorous pour, and the head stayed a long time on its dark brown (opaque except on the very edges, so 100% in my book) body. The coffee was distinct in the nose, amid a robust vanilla and roasted nut sensibility, and a hint of celery seed (something I often find in a good porter). Dry and roasty, peanuts, moderate chocolate. The body was soft, moderately fluffy, adequately supported with interesting-enough carbonation. No off flavors, questionmarks, or anything. Then I ate a bit of beef summer sausage and wham! it opened up in beautiful ways. The beer and sausage went together wonderfully. Extremely drinkable...extremely. I wouldn’t say it’s the "biggest" or "most complex" porter I’ve ever had, but it’s very well done indeed. beerwolf77 (42) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Poured into my pint glass the head is freakin enormus. It’s a rich caramel brown and after settling down it leaves a nice bit of lace on my glass. The beer is dark chocolate brown almost black. The aroma is fantastic. It smells like a glass of iced coffee.it has a sweet aroma as well with a hint of earthy malt that literally makes me smile. The flavor is very nice. Burnt chocolate malt, coffee and a mild hop bite. It has a full body that has plenty of carbonation and richness that really shines after warming a bit. This is a great example of what a porter should be. Another great WI beer that makes me proud.