rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUL 9, 2006
This beer came in a four-pack of 12 oz. bottles labeled the brewer-patriot collection. The bottle was clad in a light brown label that suggested antiquity. The labeling also provided information about the origins of the recipe and the fondness of George Washington for this type of beer.dwyerpg (6230) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUL 10, 2006
When poured into the pint glass, the body was a dark shade of reddish brown and the head was very rich and creamy. This definitely looked more robust than the Sam Adams Holiday Porter. The aroma was roasty and full, with the smell of bitter chocolate and dark coffee, and a hint of wood. The taste was dominated by the roasted malts tasting like coffee grounds. The molasses and licorice mentioned on the labels were not easily detectable. There was a nice bitterness and dry feel to this porter, which made it a joy to drink. A little sourness was present in the aftertaste, which was very much in line with the style. Overall a very respectable porter that I wouldn’t mind drinking again.
The appearance actually screams stout. Aroma is very porter though. And the taste seems to be somewhere inbetween. Grainy like a stout but with the sweetness, albeit heavy. I liked it a lot! MrChris (110) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 12, 2006
Light creamy foam long lasting head. Aroma is a sweet ,molasses syrupy, with a hoppy ending. Full body flavor that registers on the back of your mouth. Very smooth malty finish. Pleasant drinking with an Aroma that sticks with you to the bottom of the glass. Ibrew2or3 (8660) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 1, 2006
Dark dark brown with tall tan head. Very good lacing. Aroma is mostly of molasses and dark roasted malt. I didn’t smell the standard black patent. I do taste a little black patent in the flavor though. The flavor has a very balanced malt approach of black patent and chocolate malts. The molasses sweetness cuts the burnt malt dryness. The licorice is also a player in the flavor profile. What really makes it work for me is the way the molasses balances the burnt malts perfectly. Solid porter. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 15, 2007
THOUGHTS: The hop aftertaste may be authentic to colonial times but it was a littl harsh form me in a porter. The hops came in a little to early robbing me of the initial flavor that I was enjoying. It was also a little too dry and metallic in the finish. Good beer, but not the best porter.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was almost black in the glass with red highlights when held to the light. It had an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but had excellent lacing. There were malty aromas of molasses, dark chocolate, and roasted. Also some licorice and just a hint of cola. The initial flavor was moderately sweet with a little licorice. The finish flavor was heavy to harsh metallic hop bitterness along with a little chocolate and coffee. It had a medium body that was dry with fizzy carbonation and a metallic finish.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 18, 2006
Pours a black body similar to a stout with no light breaking through this porter. The head is beautiful, frothy, giant, soft, and bubbly. The smell is roasted barley, smoke, licorise, herbs, some spicy hop presence, this is the best aroma so far of all the brews in this series. The taste is very bitter, molasses, anise, espresso, and dark chocolate follow. The finsh is somewhat smoky and sweet. This is a tasty porter one that I could drink all year long. I’d pair this porter with grilled lamb flavored with rosemary and garlic to mirror some of the herbal presence in the porter. The gamey taste of the lamb will really go well with the smoky earthy taste in this porter as well.
Braudog (6763) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Midnight red. Exploded from the bottle with a big s’mores-like marshmellowy head of tan foam. So solid that the last couple drops pour over the head, rather than thru it. I’m surprised any aroma could penetrate this head, but it’s woodsy and camp fire-ish. Flavor carries thru to the first gulp ... very fire-pit friendly, I can really envision drinking this alongside a bonfire. Like a big smoked sausage in a glass. Definitely an acquired taste, but an interesting presentation of an "historic" beer. MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2006
This was a highly unique porter that tasted wonderful to me! It was a departure from the normal porter, but I found the taste of molasses and licorice to be very nice. The licorice wasnt nearly as prevalent as the molasses. Neither flavor dominated though, it was the malt and roasted flavors that carried this beer. The other flavors merely made it different. It wasn’t overly complex, rather a slight twist on an already wonderful style of beer. If this is how porters were made way back when, then I had better invent a time machine...... PhillyBeer2112 (2865) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 26, 2006
I don’t know if this is an attempt to recreate Washington’s homebrew recipe for porter ala Yards Brewing/City Taver, but its similar, yet not as good. This features an initial licorice and roasted malt aroma, followed by a flavor that is mostly roast and bittersweet chocolate, with a dry finish. Its a touch tart, giving it that primitive raw feel these Brewer Patriot series beers have. Soft fluffy mouthfeel. Burnt purple color, nearly opaque with a thick off white meringue for a head. Nice and unique porter. GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2006
Pours porter black w/ a full semi cream froth. Aromas of smoke and meat. Medium to full nectar w/ mellow effers. Flavors are dry and smokey w/ leather and bakers cocoa. Long smoky finish. Overall: a nice smokey style. I liked it.