scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from Greenville Beer Exchange
A: Pours a deep mahagony color with a creamy fluffy huge mocha cap. Retention is excellent
S: Big vanilla, big nuttiness, cocoa, and cream frm the lactose. Chocolate as well (white chocolate?). Overall seemingly sweet
T: Huge vanilla/cream/nuttiness, chocolate, and cocoa. A touch of grassy hops. Sweet. Too much vanilla?
Mf: Thick, smooth, low carbonation. Medium to light body...a tad light
Overall: sweet, tons of vanilla and nuts. Not really balanced, but very enjoyable
ChristianBlack (25) - North Carolina, USA - JUL 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From notes: Pours a nice deep brown. Looks like a porter with a very nice head that laced all the way down. The aroma lovely. It has a great chocolate and macadamia nut flavor. My friend also smelled vanilla. But, maybe that was just him. It had an excellent nose! Wonderfully distinct. The taste pops! Itís not just a great porter, but the addition of the chocolate and macadamia nut flavor was on point. I would have never thought of macadamia for a porter, but I loved it. My friend also felt that there was some coffee in there. But, that was probably a roasted malt. Very complex and delicious. The mouthfeel is really nice. It was nicely carbonated. The drinkability is excellent. I tilted more than one. Delicious each time
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flying Saucer Columbia on 01/21/2011. Dark black body with a large foamy tan head. Sweet chocolate, vanilla, cream, and light nutty aroma. Big creamy vanilla, chocolate, light roast and nutty flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Thirsty Monk. Dark brown/black pour with a thin tan head. Scent is roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is the same with nice hints of nuts.
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at tylers carrboro. Dark brown with little to no head, minimal lace. Nose is powerful fake vanilla, light cocoa, sugar. Ugh. Flavor is a little toned down but still strong fake vanilla and some bitter roast. Should have just gotten a Danish pour. Doh.
NachlamSie (3421) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint from tap at Duckworthís. Well, here we have instant French vanilla cappuccino. Itís crazy. It had the sweetness, the flavor of sweet crackers, vanilla and some coffee notes. Hops are barely here and give it a bite something like coffee. Itís good for a sweet porter, but I think one pint is plenty.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a Ba buzzed beer, clearly homerism at work as usual. Thanks to Spycow for this growler... Pours an ugly bright brown, much much lighter and watery fringe. Light cream tan head, ok retention and lacing... The aroma is exceedingly sweet, TONS of vanilla with creamy milk chocolate... The taste is vanilla, lactose sugar, very generic vanilla finish. Alcohol is well hidden and easy to drink, but so boring.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Tylerís Taproom in Carrboro, NC: Pours a rich opaque black with a creamy froth of light tan head. Has a sweet chocolate and raisin nose with some molasses and a touch of piny hops. Starts with pretty good fullness and lots of sweet milk chocolate and cocoa flavor with a touch of nuttiness and dark fruits before a slightly drier, but still semi-sweet finish with some lingering dark chocolate and toasted malts. An enjoyable and fairly complex imperial porter.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Tap at Tap City in Raleigh NC - Pours a dark brown - almost black - with a light brown thin head. Aroma is chocolate macadamia nut with some roastiness - taste is exactly the same... LOTS of macadamia nut going on. Tasted like dessert in a glass. Not something I could drink a bunch of but the one I had tasted pretty damned good.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the Village Draft House, Raleigh. As much as I enjoyed Skull Coastís terrific IPA, I was disappointed with this porter. Apparently brewed with the addition of macadamia nuts, the beer came across as a thin and overly sweet mess. Distressingly light brown pour with only mild carbonation, and a sweet syrupy nose. Not much porter character to the beer, and a very thin mouthfeel, leaving the impression of a badly realized brown. Nestleís syrup and mild nuttiness in the taste, but little else. I can only hope I got the end of the keg and that this wasnít representative of the beer. Based on my impression of the IPA, Iím pretty confident this brewer can do better (i.e. possible rerate at some future point).