rocbyter (2124) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Sweet malt aroma. Very Dark amber color with a large brown head. Sweet taste throughout with a light bitter middle. tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 13, 2011
Aroma is earthy, light manure, roasted coffee. The appearance is deep brown, billowy tan head, if you didn’t know better you would think this is a Nitro can. The flavor is much more chocolate, honey (?), some rosted coffee, better than the aroma. Medium in body, a tad thin for a porter. The finish is light resiny hops, roasty. I wonder if the dry hopping isn’t producing the odd aroma. Not bad at all, though. Especially for the $1 I paid for it at Trader Joe’s. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2011
Appearance: black with burnt browns and a khaki head. Swirls decent with some sticky lace and clumps of foam.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Nose: lightly roasted character with cocoa notes. Pumpernickel crackers. Dried prunes and dried black cherries, pits included.
Palate: clean roasted character rides the middle road. Burnt wood and some ash along with brittle dark cacao in the back. Prunes and black root in front and underneath; starts meaty then turns roasty.
Final Thoughts: not too shabby for Gansett. A good beach or fishing or lounging by the pool beer when you want something good that requires little thinking.
Dark color with a super nutty-mocha aroma. This, combined with being a throwback new england beer, is more than enough for me. Fortunately, the taste is god as well - there’s enough body here (7% abv) to give this some heft. Do yourself a favor and try one, especially at about $2-3/tallboy. mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
16oz can, is this a nitro can? Great tan head and lacing, almost like a great nitro stout. Roasty aroma, a bit smoky. Taste is very bitter, not quite roasty like a porter but interesting, I’m not getting much of the usual porter flavors. This isn’t bad, but not great... for $5 for six 16oz cans. I’ll take it.
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 3, 2011
16oz can in a stem glass. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and little else. Strong roasted malt flavor with a little chocolate/smokiness. Thicker than normal texture. A decent porter. murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2011
16 oz. can. Pours a dark brown, almost opaque, with a finger of brown head that sticks around for a while and laces a bit. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with a bit of an earthy undertone. Medium bodied, malty, a bit more chocolate on the palate with a light bitter finish. Pretty easy drinking given the aroma. Overall, flavorful and surprisingly solid. A good, straightforward, quality porter, and just about the best value you can find. blipp (9302) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
Draft. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Dry roasty aroma with a hint of dark chocolate. The flavor has roasted malts with a solid floral hop presence and a nice hoppy finish. Solid. ben4321 (6514) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2011
Location: Draft at RnH, 2/12/11
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Aroma: The nose has a little chocolate, roasted malty notes, and light earthy hints
Appearance: The pour is a dark brown-black color with light brown head
Flavor: The taste is fairly malty, standard-to-dull porter flavors
Palate: The body is medium, mouthfeel was a touch on the watery side.
My first rating from the smallest in the union! That’s a nice ticker note that is basically irrelevant. Ironically, I live much closer to the smallest state then the largest, but I have rated 217 of their beers before rating one for RI. I guess you could assume from that anecdote that state size does play a role in beer production and distribution. You could also assume that I like to include meaningless information in my beer ratings. Both of those assumptions seem fairly safe. Anywho, to me this was really just a very average porter. Not too much else to say, hence the state related rampling that happened above.
Aromatic, roast and cocoa nose. Fair can, deep, dark brew with a stiff, milkshake-consistency, tan cascading head. Sweet, milky, cocoa, medium-light bittering. Surprisingly good, the palate displayed the only notable faults - goes a bit flat and the aftertaste has some faint sulphur notes and an earthy-grassiness. Drinkable, and better than its lighter Narragansett kin. New Leaf Market.