HighlanderOne (1396) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Poured from bottle (yep, thats a porter). Has that nutty, unsweetened syrup smell to it. Runs the flavor gamut - nutty, smoky, oaky, coffee, hint of cocoa too. Hops kick in big in the aftertaste. Has superior feel to it - as drinkable a porter as I’ve ever tried. Finished as nicely as it started. Wonderful porter. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
12 oz bottle shared with StompBrockmore - very dark brown, near black, smallish mocha head. Aroma mainly dark chocolate, lots and lots o’ those roasted malt thingys, and.....COFFEE! WHYYYYYYY??!?!?!! I just don’t like coffee, and I realize that that is a huge draw to these types of beers, and I can objectively appreciate the complexity of what’s going on, but since drinking beer is primarily a subjective thing, meaning you like it or you don’t, wellllll.....this one’s no fo me. Anyhow, taste much the same as the aroma, and yes, it IS robust - chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, blahblahblah, does anyone even read these? StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2006 12oz bottle, shared with VeloVampire - pours very dark brown, almost black. Aroma is strong roasted malt and coffee., with some dark chocolate. The aroma gave away what the taste would be, but I was still surprised by how ’stout-like’ this porter was. Very strong, full bodied flavour - really nice actually. Lots of coffee, roasted, nutty malt, more chocolate, with a lighty bitter finish. This is a very fine porter, and "robust" indeed. Like I said before, it’s almost like a stout. Either way though, I could drink a lot of this brew. Flavourful and rich! Fantastic! bitbucket (2166) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Bottle shared with after4ever. Is this beer a porter or a stout? Maybe a stout porter? :) Either way, it’s a tasty beer. Pours a blackish brown with a lacy tan head. Medium body. Coffee in the nose and taste with roasty nutty malt behind it, and a touch of citrus hops in there somewhere. Bitter finish. Not the refreshing, almost sessionable porter style I expected, but not bad at all! after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2007 12-oz. Thanks, 46er3498! Jet black. A little tan moussy head for a while. Highly vinous nose--kind of a surprise there. Huge roast and coffee attack that carries through to the mid-palate. High-medium body, almost oily, but not quite. Light c-hop finish. Stout-like; easily the roastiest and most bitter porter I’ve tried. Great stuff.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
12oz bottle from trade, poured super dark brown with a nice brown head. The aromas were chocolate, roast, caramel and some hops. The taste was bittersweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malt with the hop profile barely standing out. A good example of the Robust Porter style. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2007 12 oz bottle via kramer17801 (thanks!). Pours a midnight black with a small tan head. nose is mostly roasty chocolate,espresso, plum, and vanilla. mmm, this is an exquisite porter. The robust in the name fits this perfectly. Very tastey bittersweet roasted cocoa and coffee are the predomant flavors. This is REALLY ghood stuff. Gotta find some more. MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown pour with tan head woth decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is of the same. It goes down smooth a real good porter. TaktikMTL (8014) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Bouteille de 12 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur de café et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de café et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement crémeuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de café en arrière goût. (Rating #728) mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with a medium-sized creamy brown/mocha head and lacing. Killer aroma- oily hops, thick chocolate, oats, and vanilla notes. Tastes quite rich and full for the strength. Very oily and inky with plenty of bitter chocolate creaminess and roast. Finishes green and leafy. Superb complexity.