Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2012 rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
decent porter. average thickness. maybe a bit on the charred side. not much malt - seems very dry. nice finish though. nothing too exciting.
12 ounce bottle
ben4321 (6839) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2010
I am always open to new porters. This one had some hallmarks of a West Coast style release but still was fairly unique. A couple of flaws mar a better experience. Even so I’d think I would not turn down another bottle if it came in a trade.
Aroma / Appearance - The creamy black pour clings to the sides of the glass. The dirty head was the color of wet sand with slow legs. Almonds, black coffee, and plummy undertones drive an oily and sweet presence.
Flavor / Palate - Dry coffee, prunes, and teases of smoke rub against the tongue. There is a brief sour tang before the sweetness takes over. I wasn’t excited about the beer to the point where I wish I had another but I’ve had worse porters.
Location: Bottle at Max and Andy’s Fantasy Tasting, 5/1/10
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 27, 2010
Aroma: The nose on this one is roasted malts, some coffee, licorice, and toasted grains
Appearance: Clear brownish-black color with a beige head
Flavor: The taste is fairly simple, light taste, roasted malts, some sweetness
Palate: This porter is fairly thin, even a little on the watery side, with a light-medium body
My first rating from this brewery, heck, I’d never even heard of it before I tried this beer at the tasting. Anyway, I wasn’t particularly impressed. I don’t know if this was a bad bottle, but I didn’t get as positive an impression
as many of the previous raters did.
Bottle at Andy and Max’s fantasy tasting - molasses and sulfuric. Brown sugar, some roast. medium bodied, dry pruney finish. Carbonic tart, blech. Boozey finish. Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle at Andy and Max’s fantasy tasting. Pours a rich oily black with a fizzling head. Aroma is intense with sharp dark acrid burnt malts, oil, solvent and licorice with hints of smoke, nuts, toffee and anise- a bit off and too sharp/harsh. Flavor is pretty flat, nothing lively going on- oil, tar, and licorice with ink and harsh astringent and bitter burnt malts. Hard to drink. j12601 (13304) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle at Andy and Max’s fantasy tasting. Pours a clear dark brown with a thin beige head. Light caramel and coffee, a hint of roast. Medium bodied, big roast. Dry roast finish with a touch of sweet malt.
bhensonb (15973) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Bottle from Malt & Vine. Pours dark brown/black with a few tan bubbles. Aromas of dark burnt malt, mild sour/smoke and a touch of coffee. Medium plus body with rather smooth carbonation. Chocolate and coffee attack the tongue. A bit chalky. Finishes with coffee bitter, and a touch of smoke and/or sour. Really exceptional porter. troopie (2497) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured brown black with frothy beige head. Much lacing. Aroma of smoke and roast malt. Very smoky flavour, a little chocolate, a little roast, but mostly smoke. Tangy smoky finish, with more roast. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Pours a deep black, brown body with a thin whitish head. Spicy, carbonic nutty and hoppy nose. Tingles the nostrils. Mildly metallic and malty with a big hop spiciness. Very nice NW Porter style. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. carruthm (1400) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2008
V - black with a tan headroder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2008
A - slight coffee aroma
T - nice strong coffee taste
P - odd aftertaste
One of the better beers at the brewery. Poured jet black with some bubbly froathy tan head. Aroma strong coffee and roasted malts. Flavor very creamy with dominant bitter coffee flavor. Dry finish.