CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2011
On tap at Tyler’s 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. TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
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. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2011
On tap at the Village Draft House, Raleigh. As much as I enjoyed Skull Coast’s 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. Nestle’s syrup and mild nuttiness in the taste, but little else. I can only hope I got the end of the keg and that this wasn’t representative of the beer. Based on my impression of the IPA, I’m pretty confident this brewer can do better (i.e. possible rerate at some future point). maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
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. chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
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.
NachlamSie (3507) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2011
Pint from tap at Duckworth’s. Well, here we have instant French vanilla cappuccino. It’s 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. It’s good for a sweet porter, but I think one pint is plenty. OldGrowth (3474) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2010
@ Cherry Bomb. good aroma. sweet nutty roasty. milk chocolate, macadamia? caramel. brownish black color. good head and lace. sweet bitter flavor. light, creamy, sweet dry. darn tasty...nice addition with macadamia... beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - MAY 10, 2011
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. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Draft at cherry bomb. Dark brown pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty with subtle hints of cocoa. Flavor follows suite. Nice nutty presence freekyp (2337) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2010
On tap at Noma 11/15/2010 in Winston-Salem NC. First seasonal offering from Skull Coast, contract brew our of SC. Pours a murky reddish brown; reddish head with minimal lacing. Aroma highlight tons of milk chocolate and caramel. Root Beer! Medium bodied. Starts off sweet then nutty arrives. Bitterness rises in the finish then fades. A malty robust porter best at home with a well done steak.