daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2010
LCBS 2010. What a standout porter. Holy shit. Brown pour, tan head. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Flavor is so smooth. Chocolate, dark fruits, roasted malt. Helluva porter. RR just kicks ass. End of story. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Exactly what a porter should be. Roasty, chocolate and coffee all over the place. Unbelievable drinkability. Not sweet, not too dry, nicely carbonated, great mouthfeel. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2010
Pours a dark chestnut brown with deep mahogany edges when held to a light source. Completely opaque with a two finger frothy, soapy light beige head with excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that streaks the glass with sheets of soapy lacing.
This beer has a wonderful nose. The perfect amount of roasted malt balanced out by lots of chocolate, caramel, toffee, hazelnut and slightly burnt bread. Smokey enough without dominating the aroma.
Slightly smokey medium body with the perfect balance of sweet chocolate, caramel and toffee and slightly bitter roastiness, bitter hops and lactic creaminess. Very complex, extremely well balanced and insanely quaffable. One of the best examples of the style I’ve ever had. Not to extreme yet not to light bodied. I could session this beer all night. Highly recommended! cgarvieuk (24456) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 20, 2009
Hand bottle at home ... Big thanks to iowaherkeye for this ... WOW ... this is only 5.5% is appears much stronger ... deep black thin tan head ... deep smooth chocolate malts... soft dark toasted fruits nose ... Rich roast malts again very smooth ... rich chocolate toffee ... good depth with quite a lot of hops in background ... Really quite stunning ... But id have put it much higher ABV... Realy nice beer to sink into Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Growler courtesy of wavers1. Opened and shared at Dark Lord Day 2010.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head.
S: Plenty of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Nothing too complex, but very well done.
T: Similar to the nose in characteristics. Nice depth of the present flavors. Nothing earth-shattering, but at the same time very nice for the style.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
D: Quite drinkable, especially for the style. Thanks again to wavers1 for getting this out to me, as this is one I had been waiting to try for a long time.
Serving type: growler
Reviewed on: 05-03-2010
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
Huge thanks to Alex for shipping this from RR and Sean sharing it with us yesterday.
The perfect porter session beer, makes me think this is what a good small pub English beer tastes like.
A dark brown pour, tons of carbonation in a light tan head, good retention and lacing...Aroma and taste are similar and awesome. Light coffee, nice roastyness, super tastey and super easy to drink. Kept coming back to this growler throughout the night.
Get some of this right away. Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 14, 2004
Draught @ O’Brien’s San DiegoWeeHeavySD (3387) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 15, 2009
The beer in its comforting pint glass appears black as midnight, the head a soft chocolate crown, the lace a concealing curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweetly malt, nicely toasted grain, fresh and inviting with the start sweet and malty, top is moderate in feel. Finnish is benign in its acidity, the hops delectable, dry and somewhat sweet aftertaste, a damn good porter in my book, and had to have three or four pints as it’s just too good to pass up.
12oz handbottle from iowaherkeye. I’m guessing this was bottled from a growler but it has a nice big head and carbonation so no complaints. Pours a very rich black with a thick 2 finger tan head. Nose is fantastic with a huge punch of chocolate and toffee. Taste is rich with bitter chocolate and evocative chocolate malts. Cocoa is present as is a bittersweet quality. This is a fantastic porter. It wouldn’t hurt RR to bottle something unlike what makes them so famous, especially this, since I think it is damn excellent. Thanks Joey! paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - JAN 31, 2009
On tap and on Cask, cask was a step above the keg version. Dark coco malt coffee. Richness to it. Top porter I’ve ever had. Great complex mid palate and nice finish. Texture was of course amazing as the cask conditioning really made this stand out. Keg version missed some of that but had all the complex aroma and mouth filling joyness. Really enjoyed this beer. brokensail (16444) - Dublin, California, USA - MAR 1, 2010
A: The pour is a deep, dark brown color with a finger’s worth of tan foam.
S: Great notes of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. There is a slight smokiness and even a touch of vanilla.
T: The flavor is a bit more heavy on the coffee and roasted malt with less of a chocolate presence. The smokiness is there as well, but once again just provides a bit of complexity. There’s also a slight bitterness on the finish.
M: The body is on the full side of medium with a moderate level of creamy carbonation.
D: Quite a complex and delicious porter. I have been looking forward to trying this one for some time and it did not disappoint.