ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013balloonbuffoon (269) - - JUN 7, 2017
Rated 3/17/13. 12 oz bottle says 5.7%. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity for the style. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It takes a while for the head to recede away, and it leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.
S: This one is very forward in coffee, dry chocolate, roasted barley, and slight hop qualities. The hops come across in a faded manner - and honestly, that’s a good thing.
T: The strongest note here is that of roasted barley, creating a coffee expression when mixed with the (faded) hops. The hops do come across a bit citrusy on the back end, but it’s balanced with the rich unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors. I’d say this is the perfect age for this one (two months before the best by date) - some hoppiness is there, just doing enough to balance any malty sweetness without providing an overbearing acidic nature.
M: I like how balanced the mouthfeel is: it’s dry enough to be easy to drink, yet there’s enough of a lingering flavor to interest the palate. It could use a bit more body, but that’s just nitpicking, really.
O: Not much to say here, it’s a great porter that I’ve been ignoring for far too long. As I said before, this bottle is at the perfect age for consumption.
12floz bottle (BBD: 08.16.2017, $1.50) poured into a mug glass. It appears a very dark brown with a glistening light brown head. Baker’s chocolate and molasses aromas are not strong, but noted. This beer is robust, yet not overbearing. Flavors consist of roasted and crystal/caramel malts that convey moderate amounts of dark chocolate and praline. I’ll use the overused term solid to summarize the quality of this porter. googleimage83 (164) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2017
Very dark, not particularly heady but rich looking. Buttery, desserty aroma; milk chocolate, vanilla notes. Taste of brown sugar, quality milk chocolate, oat, toasted hops. Extremely smooth, milky quality. Excellent. Zgpt (51) - Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 2, 2017
Dark with brown medium head if poured fairly fast. Nice rich nutty flavor, sharp with smooth finish.
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UPDATED: APR 19, 2017 Draft at Fado. Clear but nearly opaque dark brown garnet pour with off-white foam. Nice lace. Sweet dark roasty malts. Solid coffee notes. Cocoa nibs. Burnt nuts. Hints of dark berries. Full-bodied for a Porter. Enough hop bite for balance. Surprisingly well done. Vinx (133) - ITALY - MAR 28, 2017
Deep aroma of chocolate, coffee, red fruit, toffee, caramel, nuts, astringency by roasted malts and a kind of dust/metal hint due to the oxydation (I’m talking about a 6.6% ABV bottle expired on december 2015). Clear dark brown color, long lasting tan head. Medium-high bitterness. Medium body, thin feel, soft carbonation, astringent and bitter finish. It’s really a good one but I’d suggest not to keep it in the cellar too long.
LaPelos (37) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAR 16, 2017
Botella de 33cl. Aromas a malta y chocolate. Cuerpo medio/alto, muy suave al paladar. Chocolate, café, Final seco y persistente. Un pedazo de cerveza. Para repetir TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 10, 2017
Dark brown color. Thin head. Very roasted malty chocolate cake and nutty nose. Medium full body. Low roastiness, ,chocolate dark fruit and modest hoppiness. Dry. Nice lingering roasted malt, chocolate and nutty finish. oobawa (1301) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 6, 2017
Ah, ol’ roasty, still as toasty and burnt and drinkable as ever. Giant notes of espresso with dark chocolate undertones, leading to a bitter finish heavy on smoke and a dark cherry sweetness. A bit thin, even for a porter, yet the neverending char gives it an unmistakeable footprint. Not perfect but enjoyable as hell. john44 (3062) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2017
Bottle. BBE date Sept 2010; Drank Dec 2010 - Dark Brown, almost Black, in colour. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Very Malty; very roasty malts, very coffee, very dark chocolate. Slightly smoky. Fruity; slightly sour/bitter note; berries?. Rather salty. Hoppy; some citrusy resinous hop bitterness. Sweet roast coffee and chocolate malty balanced by fruity hoppy bitterness. Dry hoppy bitter finish. Enjoyed this. Nice Porter! (2010-12)
matzou (188) - SPAIN - JAN 24, 2017
Chocolate caramel sweetness licorice bit of spice.
Black creamy 1 finger taniñ head.
Sweet caramel opening, followed by chocolate bitterness, oily mouthfeel medium body medium carbonation.