Tmoney99 (14472) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2008
Draft sample at MBGF Summer08. Poured clear black color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture. Medium roasted chocolate flavor with medium bittersweet finish of short to moderate duration. Average drinkable beer. Drake (13728) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Served on draft at the Michigan Summer Beerfest, 2010, as part of RBSG festivities. Pours a hazy amber color with a medium creamy head. Good head retention and lacing. Malty and fruity aroma with nutty notes as well as toffee and apple. The taste is caramel, stone fruits, faint nuts and hops. Bitter finish. Medium bodied. Dogbrick (13010) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Sample at the brewpub: This beer pours a not-quite-opaque black color with a thin beige head that recedes steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass. Roasty aroma of coffee and malt, with touches of chocolate. Medium, dry body with a nice roasted coffee character. Notes of dark malt and chocolate are present too. The finish is moderately bitter coffee and hops. Decent overall. deyholla (11600) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Tap at Ashley’s. Poured black with a full brown head. Aroma consisted of smokey dark malts, quite one note. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with a smokey dark flavor, though again not too complex. JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2010
Sample at OG. Black pour with a thick tan nitro head. Roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with a bit of that undesirable metallic nitro character, but not too much. Roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate and a creamy coffee finish that’s a tad thinner than I would have liked. Still a decent brew though, and probably the best they had this evening (no Vanilla Java Porter).
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 6, 2008
2008 MiBGF: Looks just like the other porter, deep brown and small head. The nose is how you can tell the difference with no vanilla here. Instead the walnut and chocolate malt notes show up more along with some grassy hops, minty esters and a dirty yeast vapour. The taste is basic malts and some twangy fruit undertones. Short depth of palate with a hint of bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavors. The mouth feel is soft and weak. Forgettable beer sadly. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
On tap: The aroma consists of nice blend of dark chocolate and cocoa mixed with some roasted and espresso. It’s a dark brown with some orange highlights and a small beige head that fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a good amount of thin webbing left on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with moderate cocoa and a touch of dark chocolate. There is a faint fruitiness in the background. The finish has light-moderate espresso, light roast, and a touch of sweet vanilla. It’s light-medium bodied with mild carbonation. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 26, 2012
On tap at brewpub
koleminer20 (3591) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
If I were to have chosen a single beer to try while visiting this might have been it. For a lighter sessionable porter it balances flavor and mildness well. Once again this proves that you don’t have to go big (or sour) to create something noteworthy.
Aroma / Appearance - Rusty brown fluid rests idly below an ivory head. Coffee, malt, baker’s chocolate, and a trace of smokiness feel like sitting down to breakfast in a 24 hour diner.
Flavor / Palate - Malt and coffee drive a rough mouthfeel that feels a bit gritty like a bowl of oatmeal. With solid depth the result is a beer that is not forgettable but also not over the top. A full growler and a couple of hours would be the perfect combination for a lazy evening around the house.
On tap at Red Rock. Pour is a pretty thin dark brown, with a minimal head. The aroma is really bland. It's got some coffee hints, a touch of coffee and a smidge of roast. The flavor is more heavy on the coffee and is extra sweet. It lingers around, and finishes a little dry
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours an almost pitch black color with no head. Mostly roasted malt aroma with a little chocolate. Taste is decent. Again almost all roasted malt. Pretty thin mouthfeel. I expected better.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone