ganache (6064) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2017
Bottle. Nose smooth-roast coffee and cocoa powder. Pour dark brown but opaque pitch in the glass, foamy tan head. Light body but foamy with very active carbonation, touch tart with nice acrid / scorched roast, light amount of dark chocolate, medium body, crisp, touch grainy and nutty, very nice black malt character, no booze, clean, very scorchy-burny! Words fail me, I guess. Clean, stiff drink. [2017.06.15: 3.4] katrinaez (2306) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2017
Strong aroma of coffee, lots of light brown foam, very creamy at first, followed by the taste of bitter coffee, thick mouthfeel, well done, tap. Brigadier (3760) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2017
On tap at brewpub superspak (6077) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - APR 28, 2017
On a relatively quiet night for Ohio City I dropped into Market Garden to see what they are up to these days. As it turns out the brewers are still cranking out some stellar products. Rather than being very experimental Market Garden chooses to stick with what works. It doesn’t hurt they chose one of the best coffees in the area (Rising Star).
Aroma / Appearance - A rich fluid black base supports a soft mocha head. Settling in short order, it unleashes a few waves of coffee, roasted chocolate, and slightly burnt toast. This is the prototypical breakfast porter.
Flavor / Palate - Coffee and chocolate skate across the tongue before melting into a rich bitterness that sticks in the throat. From start to finish this solid winter warmer packs a punch and delivers on all its promises. If you like rich coffee driven beers that you can drink multiple pints of then give this draft a shot. If not they’ve got about a dozen other IPAs and other beers to sample.
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/22/2017. Pours slightly hazy very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, vanilla, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of smoke, char, vanilla, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, char, herbal, floral, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no acrid/astringent roast or hop flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/char bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a great American porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Vibrant coffee complexity in great balanced with the base porter. Spot on for the style; not overly roasty, nice hop presence without overdoing it. A very enjoyable offering. cheap (6124) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2017
From a bottle pour is big and black with a tan nearly choco-moose head. Smell is, what else? Coffee. Yes, a good example of a coffee based porter. Me? I like it a little less baltic. Whew, I think I’m waken’ up ’er sumthin. Alky kick for a depressant and then caffeine blow-by for an upper? What else could you ask fer? Not really in yer face but it does continue to assert itself like a mate trying to attract yer intrist. Good job MG!
DialSquare (5142) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 8, 2017
12oz bottle from Kenny Road Market: dark brown pour, thin khaki head with strong retention. aroma is malty, cocoa, coffee. tastes are caramel malts, coffee, roasty. creamy drinkable medium palate. finishes ashy, coffee. probably a mood beer for me, but pretty nice overall. FROTHINGSLOSH (8164) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy tan head that left decent lacing. The aroma was coffee and roasty malts. The flavor was brewed coffee, roasty malt, and touches of smoke and vanilla. Medium length finish. Medium body. meh. EBROVIAK (42) - - MAR 8, 2017
A great new find. Weight of a good porter with plenty of flavor that doesn’t fade. Good hop load makes it an interesting balance. Dogbrick (13961) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Sample at Kraft House No. 5. Dark brown color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily to a film. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Medium body with a roasty coffee character, and notes of chocolate and malt in the background. The finish is roasty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Pretty good overall. unclefrito62 (354) - Stow, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2017
12 ounce bottle at Winking Lizard Pennisula Ohio Strong coffee aromas. Foamy head. Deep brown in color. Coffee and slight chocolate notes Low carbonation. Smooth and strong espresso notes. Above average brew for this style.