notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2013
Black pour - lively carbonation that produces a thick, lasting tan head - aroma is roasty, medium sweet/caramelized sugars, moderate char, molasses, raisin, earthy/mushroomy malt - flavor is fairly sweet, but with a balancing acidity and black malt bitterness - mushroom, earthy/soil, moderate roast, bordering on char - late chocolate and dark bread (pumpernickel) - lingering acidity and bitterness - really good porter, but not worth the price. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2013
22 ounce bottle
glennmastrange (2854) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2013
Thanks to buffalohead for sharing this one evening. A robust porter was a good representation of what a local brewery can do. I couldn’t see this succeeding on a larger scale but Maine Beer is not the worst local to have if you live on the East Coast.
Aroma / Appearance - The black base retains reddish edges and mild carbonation. Sheer legs crawl up and down. Oily raspberries, low key chocolate, and fruity undertones spring up from the glass.
Flavor / Palate - Chocolates, raspberries, and dark fruits cling to the tongue. Malt and ash carry to a reasonably coherent finish. The chalky texture that sticks in the throat afterwards highlights a sound recipe. While this may not stand up to the best porters it is worth a couple of ounces at least.
Bottle. Moderate aromas all around, with toasted, dark chocolate and strong coffee for the malt, resin for the hops, earth for the yeast with pepper, vanilla and a faint hint of charcoal. Head is small, frothy, light brown with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly to moderately acidic and lightly bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Nice balanced aromas and a typical flavor and mouth feel from this Porter CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2013
Pours basically black with a good head and nice lacing on the glass. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2013
The aroma is roasty and chocolaty... plenty of toasty malt... nice mild hints of fruity hops.
The flavor is nicely bitter, it’s got plenty of very roasty malt... but never crosses the line into harsh or astringent. It’s got some light licorice and loads of dark chocolate. The hops seem more employed towards bittering, but offer some fruit and leafy like flavors.
Really enjoyable porter.
Courtesy of northernbrews
Tstamba (775) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate/cocoa, dusty roast, and a touch of caramel. It pours a dark brown with a faint orange glow along the bottom edges of the glass. It has a large khaki head that has very good retention. A lot of soapy webbing is left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate chocolate with a hint of caramel. The finish has moderate dusty roast, nuts, and coffee. It’s medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
From a bottle acquired at Whole Foods P street. Pours dark with generous tan head a good lacing. Smells great, dark chocolate, espresso , roasted malt, nicely balanced hop finish. Fantastic porter...
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chester, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
2/19/2013. 22 oz. bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, dark fruit. Rich texture, nice balance and complexity. Chocolate and fruit aromas with a nice hoppy finish. Outstanding porter. Ron (3919) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
Bottle. Pours black with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is roasted malt and dark chocolate. Notes of espresso, bitter chocolate, dark fruit and some hops. Tastes are med/heavy sweet, vanilla and med heavy bitter. Medium creamy body with lively carbonation. Great Porter! daknole (11044) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Dark dark brown pour, brown head. Man this is nice. Creamy and full bodied. Smoke, chocolate, light hints of coffee flavors. Really a well done porter. zizzybalubba (1860) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2013
500 mL bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA (bottled October 22, 2013). Dark brown cola-like pour with a creamy, frothy khaki head. Aroma of rich dark chocolate and smoke. The flavor is great; bitter dark chocolate, charred espresso beans, and faint floral hops. I am guessing it is from the flaked oats, but this has a richer body than many porters. Outstanding on every level.