DerWeg (1681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 Re-rate: goodly sample at brewery reveals an integrated, full, delicious brew without aforementioned acrid tendencies. Hmm! What we now witness is both showy and comforting. A Porter Toronto can be proud of, from a Brewer making marks on its way to its potential.
Brand-new design bottle, very fresh. Pours a semi-opaque black with a beautiful tall dark beige head, with muted sour malt and bitter coffee aroma. Taste stale bad office coffee and tobbaco ash with a dry prickly tang on the tongue and palate - truly bizarre. Fizzy and acrid-smokey. Sour and oddly bitter. Jangly needles on the tongue and palate carry long in finish. I adore good coffee and porter, yet can’t fathom this beer from our historical Distillery area brewer. Small flourish of competent malty sweetness does nothing to balance out the harsh feel or shake my impression of a subpar flavored novelty beverage. Shows its best at a warmer temp. 4/4/2/1/10=2.1 heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 5, 2005
Bottle courtesy of pintbypint. The body looks black, but shows a nice ruby color when held to light. The large head is tan. The aroma is rich chocolate and coffee. There also seems to be an oatmeal hint. The taste is coffee and a little hint of green beans. There is also a grassy note with some chocolate. If the mouthfeel was a tad smoother, this would be outstanding. shadey (2135) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 21, 2005
Dark ruby red color. Huge, absolutly massive thick creamy attractive head. Strong coffee aroma. Strong coffee tasting initially, but a clean finish. Nice smooth palate, but a little light. A hint of nasty cough syrup in the flavor as it warms. aracauna (3604) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2005
This one poured with a huge head, but that’s probably largely because of letting it warm before opening. The body is a dark mahogany brown in which the hazyness makes it opaque combined with the darkness. The flavor continues with roasty notes, but the coffee drops out and what remains of the coffee seems a little stale. Overall, a decent porter perked up a little by the coffee. JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2005
First off, I think this bottle is awesome! It makes for a vigorous pour. Dark garnet pour, brownish black to the eye. Fluffy, off-white head. Mildly roasted aroma of coffee and malts. The coffee comes alive in the flavor, nicely roasted, some vanilla, sweet malts, but well balanced with some bitterness. Very enjoyable! The best porter I have had in some time. Thanks to radiomgb for the sample.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2005
Dark brown, almost black with a huge tan head that doesn’t go away. Aroma is almost all coffee with some dark roasted malt as well. Flavor was a nice balance between the coffee, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla. Somewhat bitter and lots of carbonation. I enjoyed this very much, especially since I didn’t know anything about the beer or company beforehand. Chugalug (30) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2005
A bit too close to a cold, carbonated coffee for my liking. Unique--yes! But I couldn’t quaff down too many in an evening. A touch too sweet. Sanchex (224) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2005
Rich earthy chocolate and coffee aromas emanate from the milk chocolate coloured head. Very full mouth feel. Deep dark coffee (no espresso) and bittersweet chocolate flavours with a hint of roasted malt. Slight bitterness on finish. Absolutely fantastic! Cheers!! Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2005
Sampled both just out of the fridge and much closer to room temperature.
At the cold temperature - nothing special.
Warmer, you can really taste the coffee. A smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel with a lingering, bitter, cofee tang in the mouth. Fairly easy drinking and a really distinctive flavour. Not a session brew, but something that I will be returning to.
A winner. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2005
huge coffee nose coming off of this beer, some small amounts of malts and vanilla. color is a dark brown, but much more transparent than most porters. the head was white and a little cream, and held for a decent amount of time. the front end of the taste is all coffee, almost like drinking a cup of cold coffee in the morning. malts make up the end with a bit of the sweetness that i called vanilla from the nose, but now not positive. the aftertaste is a little of both worlds, the malts and the coffee, but the body is pretty thin on the watery side. great flavor, but i prefer more thickness and mouthfeel from this type of beer. thx to radiomgb for this.