woodlawn (2) - Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2006 does not count
Nice dark brown color and persistent head. Malty aroma, not much chocolate or hops. Taste is very tart, lactic, and fruity in the finish -- makes me think of it as a sour cherry porter. Oakes (19711) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 14, 2006
Dark brown colour with rich inch-thick foam. Breadcrusty dark malts, moderate roast in the aroma. Really tart. Still a fair bit of chocolate and roast character. The body, surprisingly, is still quite full, rounded. Makes me wonder how much of the tartness is intentional. (I know Scotch Irish made an excellent traditional porter with this much acidity). In truth, it doesn’t seem like the acidity is entirely deliberate, at least to this level. But even though the balance is off, it still doesn’t seem entirely out of place. The finish is predictably tart, playing off sweet chocolate notes. That the malt and body still remain makes this perplexing and challenging. Heck, it may or may not be going off, but I finished and enjoyed a bomber. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2006
Sampled at the Milwaukee YEHa!05 courtesy of BBB63: Pours a transparent dark brown with a thin, off-white head. Lightly chalky sweet dark caramel aroma. Body starts thin, semi-sweet, turning more watery toward a thin, dry finish. Bland and uninteresting, hardly anything worth drinking here. DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 7, 2006
Clear brown body, thin brown head. Brown / caramel malt aroma. Crystal malt flavor w/ coffee beans and leafy hops. A crappy porter. 11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Bottle from BBB63. Black in color with a medium brown color at the edges when backlit. Attractive light brownhead which is dense and long-lived. Good lacing left behind. Roasted barley aroma, coffee. LIght bodied and a touch overcarbonated. Acrid, roasted barley flavor, some coffee perhaps. Underwhelming.
shrubber85 (11806) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Tap. Chocolate malt aroma. Midnight black with a small head. Smooth creamy dark chocolate/burnt coffee flavor with slight hops. Medium bodied. Nice smooth tasting porter. jsquire (4753) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2005
On tap at the pub. The beer I had was a dark beer as served in the 10 oz. glass, with mahagony hues when held up to the light. Thin beige head with a nose that had hints of something roasted in it but also something lactic and sour. The flavor had some milk chocolate, white sugar sweetness and an almost cinnimon spice sense to it. There was also something sour in there that I just don’t prefer in a porter. Maybe if I would have had a cigar... Schroppfy (2362) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Served way too cold, on draught on the day after Turkey day. Quite chocolately, with nearly zero hop presence, this has a firm body, and good looks. Roasty, but mostly chocolate. I was bummed when halfway through this someone lit up a cigar. (No way this is a Baltic; there is no raisiny, fruity sweetness...) tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2005
On tap. Light kahki head with big bubbles. Dark brown and opaque. Sweet ’oat-y’ chocolate aroma. Not typical porter. Tastes sweet like chocolate milk. Light roast. A touch of grassy hop flavor and light bitterness. Very silky smooth and easy drinking. One of MBC’s best. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
Deep rich brown hue with a nice biege fizzy but lasting head that left good lace in it’s wake. The aroma has a heavy dose of chocolate and burnt malts, plum and grapefruit, and a light piney and grassy hops character. The flavor starts with sweet malts and mocha but finished with a nice counterbalance of acidic fruits and lasting hop and coffee bitterness. The feel is thin once again (as the case with the majority of Porters), lively and sharp. Overall, this is the best of the two porters done by them. Very quaffable but at 6%+, not a session brew.