msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2012
On tap at the brewery. Pours dark brown with small tan head. Aromas of roast, caramel, and some chocolate. Flavors of roast with some chocolate and caramel sweetness. Body is a little thin. Sessionable. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was light ot medium roasted malts, some dark candy sugar, and light brown sugar. Flavor was a bit bland and water, althoguh refined and well put together. Would make a pretty decent session porter. Dogbrick (13789) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Light-bodied with a roasty character and notes of burnt malt, dark chocolate and mild hops. The finish is lightly bitter with a dark chocolate aftertaste. Decent overall. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Had this one at the brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. A bit of a chalky bittetness is offputting. deyholla (12307) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear deep brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has some light roasted malts with a dark grain backing. Flavor starts with light roasted malts and is backed by dark sweet grain and a hint of dryness.
Theydon_Bois (20636) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
Tap at Revolution Brewpub, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head, good lacing ensues.
Light roast malt nose with molasses, liqourice and a touch of smoke.
Tastes of roast malt, treacle toffee, chocolate, smoke.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation lending towards a roasty finish.
Above average porter. Tmoney99 (14982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Draft. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting and excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted sweet malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
A glassy brown beer with a thick head. Hoppy brown aroma. Good balance. Tastes like an English dark mild but still very fill flavored and full bodied as well. Good lacing TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - FEB 25, 2012
On tap at the brewpub, notes from Dec 29 2011Travlr (26127) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with a nice little tan creamy head on top of it. Solid aroma of roasty dark malts, notes of chocolate, a little bit of toffee in there, and a little bit of hop spice. Flavor: starts out tasting like toffee and sweet dark chocolate, then gradually gets drier as it sits on the tongue; first to a oatmeal-biscuit grain then to a mildly astringent crunchy dark porter. Surprisingly lively palate with medium-thin body & mouthfeel and a crunchy dark-grain and mild hop spice aftertaste. While it’s not an overpowering example of a porter, I’d never guess it was a second-run beer if I hadn’t been told.
On cask, same session:
Same basic color and general appearance as the tap version from the head down, but with much larger and more foamy/frothy head. Aroma is a little nuttier, less sweet, not as much toffee on the nose. Flavor comes through quite a bit weaker than the tap version; this is more of what I expected a second-run beer to taste like. Palate is flat and a little watery. Much prefer the tap version, sacrilege though that may be to "real ale" fans.
3.7 for the tap version, 3.3 for the cask version, works out to about a 3.5 overall.
Draft at the source. Dark maroon, tan head, solid lacing. Aroma of slightly boozy coffee, caramel, chocolate. Taste is dilutecoffee and light spice. Not bad.