harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2006 DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Leftover from the Chicago Real Ale Dinner at Rock Bottom Chicago. Yes, I broke my Lenten abstenence from beer just for the Real Ale Fest. A dark brown, almost murky body beneath a bubbly, clingy brown head. Smell is enchanting. Has an appropriately "cask" mouthfeel, low carbonation. Slight roast coffee notes among the roasted malts, and a bit peppery and smoky. Would have thought this was low in alcohol, but the second one the bartender gave me knocked me over. Not extreme in the Edmund Fitzgerald sense, but pleasant.
A nice full bodied brown porter. Rich and nicely roasted , with full on flavors of chocolate and coffee, moist chocolate cake mouthfeel. NIcely balanced with a dry roasted finish. Oakes (19426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Near black. Fairly strong aroma with roast and a bit of chocolate and coffee. Smooth, full maltiness. Quite roasty as porters go but with smooth chocolate richness to back it up. Finishes quite dry. omhper (25958) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2006
UPDATED: APR 4, 2006 Draught at the brewpub. Black, brief head. Aroma of mildly roasted coffee. Dryish with fairly light body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. There are notes of aniseed and some other stuff, but the lack of malt softness doesn’t allow me to pick up the more subtle flavours. Medium bitterness. BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2006
[Tap] This was a dark brown with great haed. Loved the flavors and the light malt hints throughout the ber. Nice body and good blance of flavors. Good overall beer. jackamackson (127) - USA - MAR 26, 2005
dark brown pour, with a huge tan head. roasty, caramel aroma, with a little hoppy bite. flavor, i would say is the same as the aroma, plus a little chocolate up front. and a good roasty/bitter finish. pretty good but not great
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2005
Brown with mahogany edges. Tan head and sparse lacing. Chocolate and roast with some bitter hops. Muted nose. Bitter roast and chocolate in the flavor. Fruity in the flavor and finishes bitter and roasty.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2005
On tap at the Pelican Brewery on Cask. I’ve been debating as to if i should rate this or not, still to this day i’m not sure if this was really a porter, we asked for samples of the porter and it came back looking like an amber ale, we even got samples of the porter off of the cask and regular tap, still no porter looking beverage showed up. Very light copper color with a light tan head. Aroma was just a touch roasty, faint aroma of cocoa and maybe a touch of coffee, nothing like most porters i’ve had, lacking in the rich, roasty character. The flavor was very watery on the plate, the flavors were very mild and subtle. Wasn’t all that bad of a beer, just a bad porter. Maybe they just had a bad batch. Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 3, 2004
RBSG 2004 on tap: Ruby with a small head, roasted aroma that is a bit much. Full bodied, and ends lightly sweet. BückDich (5477) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Tap @ Horse Brass Pub for RBSG 04’3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Black color with a light tan head & moderate lacing. The aroma is dry, sweaty, light roast & sweet fruit. The flavor is roasted too with the roast standing out and some sweet caramel in the tail. Fairly 2 dimensional with the roast but still creamy and balanced.
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2004 Horse Brass. Fizzy, dark black, some smoky black licorice and malts, some vegetables and black liquid smoke, with a meaty smoked presence in the aroma.