kaser (6364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2015 Lemke10 (987) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is my first Rush River review so I’m super excited. In all, Rush River only has about a dozen beer offerings so they are a pretty small and precise brewing operation located in River Falls, WI. Not really sure what to expect as you never really hear anyone says anything good or bad about their beer.
It pours a dark brown color with a beige head that lingers around for a while. It has a mild robust scent of roasted malts, coffee, toffee, and caramel malts. Nothing exciting here, just your classic porter scent.
The taste has elements of a heavy beer, but it still drinks rather light. There is a little bit of roasted malts and coffee in the taste but far from being bold. It finishes with a chalky, coffee after taste. This is a good beginner porter to see if you like the style, but it really could be more robust, flavorful, and thicker in texture.
Porters certainly aren’t the most popular beer out there. Maybe it’s because it’s just really hard to make a good porter? This was a pretty good attempt by Rush River but as I said, it has room for improvement. It has great drink-ability, it’s just lacking that “wow” factor taste wise.
-Chris Lemke of WisconsinBrewReview.com
Black pour from 12oz bottle at Lakehouse. Tan head. Oil sweet aroma. Sweet watery and not very flavorful but sort of poundable. Ratman197 (15094) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa and light charcoal. Palate was medium bodied and smoothj. Flavors of bakers cocoa and light roastiness with a smooth lingering bakers cocoa finish. arminjewell (9689) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2015
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish red pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, some roast, watery earth, touch of dough. Taste is a mix of dark caramel, toffee, roast, cocoa, into a bit of watery grass, earth, some slight grain, finishing slightly sweet, dry. fiercepanda (615) - Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2014
A dark red-brown beer with a small tan head. The aroma is roasted malt and light chocolate with some fruitiness. The flavor is fruity hop, slightly bitter, and roasted malt. Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2014
Bottle shared by Eric. Aroma is belgian chocolate, cedar chips, and slight apricot. Pours chocolate brown and a bit on the light side. Taste was bitter coffee, cheap chocolate, and a sour iron finish. Mouthfeel is almost tart and in general, far too light. Was not impressed.
felsenpils (181) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: APR 4, 2014 12 ounce bottle. Pours black with off-white foam. Good malt body and flavor. Not nearly as bitter and intense as many micro-porters. But Porter is not supposed to taste like a Stout as so many do. I like this one and the only thing that I miss is the ester aroma found in Porters brewed in England. nuplastikk (6358) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
12oz bottle. Red hued brown-black. Thin, creamy beige head. Medium bodied, mild Porter. Not a whole lot going on, leans into some fruity caramel and amber malt tones. No real hop depth, just some slight bitterness. No real malt depth either, none of the rich chocolate tones you might hope for either. Rindy, coffee grinds flavor. A disappointment, not unlike a soulless Mild. Ericular (1032) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Pours very dark with quickly fading head that almost disappears with spotty lacing. Aroma is heavily roasted smoky malts and a little chocolate - pretty sweet and not bad. Taste is weak, unoffensive, a little bit of roasted malts coffee, a little alcohol. Not a lot of carbonation, and the body is thin. Dry finish with just hint of roasty aftertaste. A pretty mild porter. GT (10001) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
355mL thanks to jmikolich. Pours a clear, deeper brown looking blackish in the glass. Suddy, large bubbled, coffee head. Large formation, quick retention. Spotty, weak lacing. Nose is lemon iced tea, sweet tea, air freshener. Taste is small black olive, some cherry syrup, moderate cocoa and semisweet chocolate, gritty coffee. Drinkable. No big flaws save for the soapy/detergent aroma. Palate is thinner, not offensive, a bit quenching. Not too bad.