TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 10, 2006
Pours a black with some hints of red when held to the light. Head is average size, foamy and tan. Left some great lacing on the glass and sustained. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, caramel with a nice roasted malty sweetness. Flavors were very similar with some light bitterness as I would expect from a good porter. Flavor slightly more complex than aroma, but both were very solid. illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Rich aroma of roast coffee and cocoa. Fairly balanced blend bitter chocolate, coffee, oats, with emphasis on roastiness. Pleasant and full lingering bitter finish. I usually do not like too much roasted flavors in my porters, but this one was nice. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2006
Fantastic grape malt, cherry chocolate aroma, wonderful, chocolately fruity, and roasted coffee bitterness,body was a touch thin,but this is one of the best porters I have had in a while really rivals my favorite E. Fitzgerald BruderMichael (13) - Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2006
Bottle. Dark chocolately color with nice hop nose and bite. Very well balanced beer with good alcohol level often lacking in some porters. Not sure about the label -- a bit too corny for my tastes; seems a beer of this caliber should rate a more stylish label. lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - APR 2, 2006
Pours dark brown with moderate brown head. Suprisingly hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and backed by chocolate and coffee malts. Flavor is rich and deep: hop bitterness, oatmeal, chocolate, coffee and a touch of toffee sweetness. Medium body with light carbonation. Really nice porter.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2006
Black Coloring with Espresso Head. Robust Coffee and Chocolate Aroma...Already Aptly Named... Light Mouthfeel...Not Thickly Malted...Instead Nice Light Chocolate Notes with Wonderfully Freshly Roasted Coffee Notes Abound in Every Taste...Light Lactose Taste...Dry Aftertaste.. Quite Nice. badgerben (5188) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Black color with a tall, towering head. Odd to see that on a porter. Strong aroma of chocolate and coffee. The chocolate takes a turn for the dry cocoa in the taste. Solid dry malt base. Barely any bitterness, just dry. Excellent! Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 31, 2006
Pours black with a frothy and fading choco colored head. Smells of rich smokey coffee. Taste is very much the same. It is strong but not overdone, just the right amount to get what you want out of it without spoiling the flavor. Goes down smooth and is finished with a soft sweetness. Very good porter! xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Bottle. Right good roast coffee bean aroma on thick india ink beer. Modest, fading beige head. Zingy roast malt earthen flavor with nice little hop touch of bite to it. A little chalky. Licorice flavor emerges. Overall quite nice. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2006
UPDATED: APR 13, 2006 Pours black with a thick light brown head. Roasty chocolate, mocha and hops in the nose. Flavor has notes of dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, plant soil, coffee, a solid dose of hops and caramel sweetness. Has a pleasant burnt/bitter aftertaste; a little charcoal. Medium bodied with a smooth texture and moderate carbonation - seems on target for a porter. Spider-web lacework on the glass with good head retention. Good stuff.