mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed 3/1/13. 16 oz can poured into a nonic pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark burgundy color. The head is a rather attractive three finger mocha shade featuring excellent texturing. The lacing this leaves behind is very impressive, as well.
S: The can didn’t lie about this having a strong influence of piny hops. While a backbone of chocolate, coffee, and molasses hides underneath, the level of hoppiness is almost overpowering for the style.
T: At first, it’s a bit chocolaty and sweet...and the the hops descend like a hammer. Okay, so the hop profile isn’t that bold, but the main problem is that the stout base can’t hold up to it. Waves of black pepper, pine, herbs, and mint wash over everything in the midtaste, before finally giving the dark malts *slight* breathing room in the finish. Not very balanced at all, but at least the acidic nature of the hop/dark malt clash is kept in check somewhat.
M: Thin and lacking in creaminess. It’s dry much in the same way an IPA is dry. So not only does this taste like a IPA (with a bit of chocolate), this also drinks like an IPA.
O: Meh. It’s rare when a hoppy stout/porter works for me, especially when it requires hard work to discover the darker characteristics of it. This one is so average it hurts - but on the positive side, the can is really damn nice looking.
On tap at Tin Bucket, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out fairly harsh burnt roasted malt, with fairly aggressive hopping. Flavour is along the same lines, with burnt roasted malt dominating, along with bitter piney hops on the underside. Nicely constructed - tastes better than it smells. Very good. trapped (3483) - New York, TURKEY - MAY 23, 2016
Draught @ Third Avenue Ale House. Dark brown with slight reddish tint, small frothy beige head, faint coffee aroma, medium carbonation, slightly sweet mocha taste, thin body, medium bitter coffee finish. Nice stout. jackl (8286) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2016
Sample @ Northern Lights. Deep brown pour with a small head. Cherry skin and toasted brown bread. General umami flavor. Dark chocolate. Gentle roast. Earthy and supple. Medium body, soft carb. GenDV138 (7579) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, slight bitterness. Medium body with a dry finish. User37895 (3042) - - MAR 3, 2016
On draft, pour was dark black, medium head, low lacing. Aroma of chocolate and earthiness. Flavor followed with some chalky notes, some pine, some caramel, some roast. Mouthfeel moderate in body and carbonation. A decent brew.
PorterPounder (8226) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2016
Tallahassee, Fl - on tap at Growler Country. Pitch black, motor oil like pour, bubbly mocha colored head, nice sticky web of lacing. Licorice and creosote find their way into the aroma. Solid, bold flavor with bittersweet baker’s chocolate, some earthy topsoil notes, a touch of espresso. Smooth mouthfeel, just a hint of chalkiness. Sixpoint is proving to be a consistent, solid brewer.
KoRoBeNiKi (157) - Fair Lawn, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Can, as well as tap, Tap was slightly better
Appearance: black with a tan head, a bit more of a head on tap (either that or I suck at pouring)
Aroma: Light sweetness, some rich dark chocolate, light bitterness, caramel
Flavor: Some bitterness from the chocolate balanced out nicely with caramel, excellent
Palate: Semi-refreshing, a bit of sweetness and a TINY hint of alcohol
My favorite beer by them I have had, which is odd since I tend to not love Stouts. mrol (340) - - MAY 7, 2015
Can. Pours a deep, dark brown color with a tan head and some lacing. Aroma is roasty, a little bit of pine hops. Taste is malty roasty and hoppy.
Good PrattBrat (30) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2015
Pours a very dark brown with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and nutty. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and light hops. Light bitter finish. Medium body. djd07 (15338) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 11, 2015
Can. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is smoke, caramel, and pine. Medium mouth, nice roast, light smoke, bitter finish, very good.