smroush (314) - Michigan, USA - MAR 3, 2018
Aromas start with roasted coffee with a touch of maple and perhaps vanilla. Hint of nuttiness. Not much explicit hop presence.
Color is nearly pure black; head is small with a light tan head.
Slightly dry (despite the maple syrup). Roasted coffee but not a lot of real bitterness.
Body is medium to somewhat full. Texture is just slightly thin for a porter. Carbonation is average. Finish is fairly long, with roasted coffee prominent.
Overall a pretty good porter. I like the roasted coffee with the subtle nuttiness and mild maple, though the base porter is just slightly on the thin side. ebone1988 (2346) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2017
Bottle from Merchants. Aroma is roasted malt, nutty, earthy hops, slight metallic, slight maple sweetness. Appearance is dark dark brown, light brown head, I can see a bit of carbonation in the glass. Taste is nutty, roasted malt, pretty bitter, slightest maple, earthy hop, dark chocolate, like a mix between a Porter and Brown Ale. Mouthfeel is medium body, light carbonation, nutty roasted malt earthy hop aftertaste. Overall, this is an interesting brew. Not remarkable, yet serviceable. flatmatt (1645) - Northville, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2017
On tap. Dark brown pour. Nutty and cocoa powder aroma, molasses. Flavor is again nutty and cocoa powder, molasses, creamy, and a touch roasty. Pretty tasty to me. SG111 (2205) - New York, USA - FEB 10, 2017
Sample via bottle at pour. Pours black, minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted l malt, some light nutty notes, bit of sweet maple syrup. Body is light. Maybe it’s because it’s cold, but it drinks like 4.7, rather than 6.8%. Some nice roasted notes and pleasant chocolate, but not as much nuttiness. Feels like a porter. It’s fine. partchapol (143) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2017
Smell of malt, coffee, maple, chestnut. Drink from bottle. Taste of malt, roasted nut, licorice, coffee, very subtle maple. Smooth and light body for porter. Slimy texture. Slightly above average.
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2016
bottle. Near black with one finger head. Big roasty porter. Light maple sweetness and mild nuttiness from the chestnuts. Both are subtle additions to a solid underlying porter.
milewide (2371) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2016
Dark brown color. Average tan head. Leans sweet in flavor...but balanced flavor. I like chestnuts, but can not pick up their flavor in this brew. JaBier (8518) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 13, 2016
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown in color with a thin beige head. Aroma of malt, chocolate and caramel. Malty and chocolatey flavor with caramel character before a nutty finish. katrinaez (2470) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2016
A very light maple scent and tiny aftertaste to it. It’s almost more of a brown than a full porter. Deep brown, but not black. Light in the mouth at first, but fills out at the end. You can taste the chestnut mostly.tap superspak (6508) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/11/2015. Pours fairly pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, maple, molasses, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuttiness, toasted dark bread, and and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and herbal hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent American porter. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple/chestnut, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.