Thechasm442 (1005) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2015
Bottle to pint. Rich black color with a thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of roasty barley and cocoa. Flavor is cocoa, vanilla, and roasted malts. Thinner and easy to drink. Good beer. popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 28, 2015
The beer is black with a light brown head. Thick, creamy layer of bubbles. Very good retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has a nice hit of chocolate, some light caramel.a touch of cola and some light citrus/floral hoppiness. More cola comes out as it warms, mild nuttiness. Taste is mildly sweet with a moderately bitter finish. Caramel and cola up front. More roast and some citrus rind in the finish. It’s solid. Nice level of sweet and bitter. Pretty easy to drink. Mouthfeel is light with a bit of creaminess. Just doesn’t really stand out for me. canary dog (774) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Rich, rich, rich. Thick and delicious. Almost creamy. This might be the best porter I have had. One flaw: there are subtle hints of alcohol in the nose that, when combined with the general nature of this beer, give off a body odor aroma. The body odor that is characterized by heavy drinking the night before. I wonder if anyone notices this. ebone1988 (1969) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is roasted malt, light vanilla, light chocolate. Appearance is dark dark brown, light tan head, slightly thin pour. Taste is a lot of roasted malt, nutty, pretty thin, light vanilla and chocolate, not much else. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation but very light bodied. Overall, another disappointing offering from Maine Beer. koleminer20 (3704) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2015
500 mL bottle shared by ebone1988. Thanks! The pour is a nice brown, dark, with a lighter tan head and a lingeringly soapy lace. The aroma is surprisingly hoppy. There is a big roast and a nice chocolate on the back end. The malts really come in about half way through and carries out the finish. The flavor is pretty decent. There is a roast, and a light chocolate to go with a hint of nuttiness. Other than that, it leaves a lot to be desired. The mouth feel is thin and watery with a light carbonation, but it's just not that great. Another disappointment from MBC. Damnit.
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tekstr1der (491) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 3, 2015
Across the board solid - Dark brown pour with finger of frothy, clingy tan head. Rich aromas of roast and cocoa. Same in the flavor, though slightly thinner than expected, with a very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Highly drinkable, no bad aspects, and undetectable alcohol. Fine porter. Stoned99 (1577) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2015
500ml 2015-05-05 bottle from Parker Pie. Aroma: good amount of chocolate, cherry coffee and a tiny tiny smokey background. App: dark brown, almost black, medium moka head, great lacing. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, really smooth, light to medium sweetness but so well balanced with the light bitter finish that it never feels too sweet. Great amount of chocolate in mouth. Overall: great dessert! Has pretty much exactly what I’m looking for in a porter, lots of chocolate, smoothness, a good mix of sweetness, bitterness and smokeness. twistedtxb (89) - - NOV 21, 2015
Bouteille dune pinte. Arôme torréfié envoûtant. Belle mousse crémeuse persistante. En bouche, on se rapproche plus d’une baltique. Très malté, sans la chaleur de l’alcool. Très réussi. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2015
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass. Two finger, frothy beige head that has good retention, slowly settling into a lasting ring. Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Deeply roasted dark malt aroma that’s smokey and burnt, verging on becoming acrid and one dimensional. Lots of ash, charcoal and burnt toast along with some oatmeal and spent coffee grinds. As it warms, it opens up a bit with notes of toffee, caramel and dark chocolate but the strong burnt roast character still dominates.
On the fuller end of medium bodied and thankfully more flavorful and complex than the nose suggests. There is still a very dry roast flavor that dominates things but it isn’t harsh or completely overbearing. Slightly smokey with some charcoal, burnt malt, oatmeal and espresso bean but this is countered mid-palate by a subtle lactic cream presence as well as some dessert like chocolate sweetness. Hints of sweet and dark chocolate as well as some toffee, caramel and hazelnut. There’s also a slight gourmet coffee character without tasting like an overwhelming coffee beer. Really well balanced yet retains enough roast to make it bold and the ABV is very well masked. A complex, intense take on the style that remains an enjoyable drink. Cousin_Larry (895) - - NOV 8, 2015
Another excellent offering from Maine. Good coffee/chocolate flavor, but a little watery even for a porter.