nyindiansfan (465) - rochester, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Pours dark brown, mid. tan head. Nice roasted chocolate smell. Better then I excpected. Not a bad beer to have 2-3 of. LilBeerDoctor (4194) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Tap at Earth Bread+Brewery. Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and a hint of coffee. Flavor of bitter coffee with vanilla and sweet malt. Ok coffee porter, not great, but decent. 7/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5) smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2011
Bottle from a trade with watson1977. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of roasted malts coffee and milk chocolate. Moderate roast flavor with some day old coffee. Thin to medium body with lots of carbonation. A little watery and not as much coffee as I like I’m my coffee beers. Thanks Kerry. Leafs93 (2343) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted coffee beans and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet with very little bitterness on the finish. Light mouthfeel. Solid porter, was much better then i thought it would be. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Pinnocchios. It pours a very deep brown with a small, frothy tan head. The nose is mainly coffee with some light flint notes. The flavor is thin coffee up front with a slight sourness and a slightly metallic back end. I have to say, this isn’t my favorite. Thin in body with too much carbonation. It certainly isn’t as bad as the lager I just had, but it’s nothing to write home about either.
hellbilly (3306) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 21, 2011
bottle at dak’s 1/19/11.
typical porter color with a huge tan head.
it smells like black olives and stale musty coffee.
delicious sour kalamata olive flavor...mmm. i don’t know how to make it go away! 2/3/2/2/5/1.5- MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Nice brown pour. With a good nose and taste of roasted malts, chocolate and nut with a good dry rich finish. GO PHILA! hopscotch (11238) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2011
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2011 (Rating #6600) Bottle… Pours very dark and sits black in my glass with a ridiculously large, foamy, mushroom-colored head. Fantastic retention. The intensity and size of the head hint at infection. The aroma offers lots of deep roast, but no real coffee - a bit lactic as well. Medium-bodied and mildly creamy with tingly carbonation. Tons of black malt and espresso flavor here. Leans just a smidge toward the bitter side of balance - low sweetness, but nothing lactic or “off” in the taste. Finishes burnt and a touch acrid. Fortunately, the infection hasn’t set in enough to whittle away at the beer’s body or flavor. I wish I could remember who sent this beer to me. I’ll go ahead and thank pantanap for shooting this brew my way! kassner (1692) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2011
Had a small glass at 3 Sons while beer shopping. very nice full of smoke and a fair level of hops, dark chocolate color. Modest head, definetly an nice porter though i did not get that much coffee impact. DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
Thanks to Jtclockwork for the bottle. I like the label. Minimalistic yet tastefully inviting. The nose is pretty inviting as well...it’s tartly accented with big coffee and caramel..maybe a bit of butterscotch as well, but the tartness is nicely stinging and the caramel sweetness acts to balance it out..and it all combines to smell like a dessertish coffee drink of some sort. The beer is not too shabby looking either..opaque muddy brown with whispy but full sheeted grayish tan suds atop. The flavors are decent...the coffee comes through, theirs a good amount of unexpected bitterness too which makes any potential sweetness harder to find. Behind this there’s also some essence of the caramel and even some chocolate. The bitterness may be a bit too aggressive for me potentially, but it’s not overly distracting. I’m so used to drinking higher gravity porters and stouts that at first it feels too thin in body, but that’s really my problem with the style of lower gravity porters and not this beer at all..in fact, it’s quite nicely medium bodied for only being 5% alcohol and the flavors are there in full force, so it doesn’t taste diluted by any means. All in all though, if the bitterness was toned down a tad and the alcohol and body doubled, it would close to a perfect imperial coffee porter...as is, its still a damn good coffee porter...The coffee tastes nicely fresh...maybe a bit tart...but certainly not like the spent coffee grains of a lot of coffee beers. Nicely done.