dlovell2 (2140) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2016 RazingDreamz (123) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, minimal head dissipated quickly. Dark coffee aroma, roasty chocolate taste, but also something lighter, hops and malts very well balanced. Palate would be perfect if a little thicker. On pure taste, one of the best I’ve had.
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with tan head. Sweet roasted malt flavor with dark fruit and chocolate. Roasted finish. OnTheTrail (508) - Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Pours very dark, slim tan head. Aroma is intense cocoa, surprisingly for the slim head. Rounded malt cocoa, sweet, hints of herbal hops. Nicely balanced, quite pleasant. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque, brown-black with a pale tan head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, the roasted coffee and roasted malt.
Taste of roasted malt, roasted coffee, toffee, chocolate and caramel.
Medium/full body and medium carbonation.
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Good balance and great drinkability. Pours black with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Some caramel. Tap at Galaxy hut. ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a one finger mocha shade. Retention isn’t very good, sadly, but at least it tries to leave some lacing on the glass. Not a lot, though.
S: There’s a good chocolate note to the aroma, even more prevalent than a lot of (average) examples of the style. Beneath that is some subtle roast, brown sugar, coffee, and even a faint fruitiness. This has a really nice mocha-esque nose which I really enjoy. If the nose were a little more intense, the nose would be propelled to the stratosphere.
T: This does a good job of bringing the coffee-tinged roast typical of a good porter, but with the added bonus of a subtle yet prevalent chocolate flavor. To a lesser extent, there’s a slight fruity tone near the finish. There’s a strong mineral component to this beer - which some might mistake for metallic notes, but I don’t. These brewers did a good job of giving this a load of chocolate flavor without the ridiculous sweetness (Choklat, I love you to death, but you’re still a sugary fucker!)
M: Like most porters, it’s thin. I won’t go so far as to call it too thin, simply because it’s only 5%. The carbonation is prickly and the finish is rather dry, and you know what that means. CHUG CITY. Wait, no, the chocolate flavors are too nice for me to chug this one.
O: I was surprised to see that this has a 90. After drinking it, let’s just say I’m not. I’d even say it’s top 10 among the style. This has great chocolate flavors, yet the roasted/hoppy bitterness balances it beautifully. A classic example of an under-the-radar gem.
Maxbier (986) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Deep brown almost black pour with brown head. Very light chocolate aroma. Taste I roasty malt, plenty of malt flavors but not too sweet. Dark chocolate finish. Nice. tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2014
Bottle. Dark amber-brown. Very small head. Aroma is coffee, chocolate. Taste is toffee, coffee, chocolate. Bitter aftertaste. slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Interesting brew... Definitely more English than American porter. Caramel, roast and chocolate aroma. Similar flavor with some coffee aspects as well, and quite earthy. It’s also gotta ash thing going on that is simultaneously intriguing and off putting.Thanks to Thomassova for some VA beer."
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a black color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving a little bit of lacing running nicely in a speckled sort of way around the sides of the glass.
The smell had a really nice roasty slightly robust coffee to chocolate with a lightly bitter citrus hoppiness in the background.
The taste was mildly bitter, roasty, robust and moderately sweet.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style and for me.
Overall, I say this was a pretty good porter that I would have again. edgallow (4211) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 31, 2014
12 oz bottle pours deep brown with a tan head. Aroma of malts, spice, coffee and vanilla. Taste is coffee, roasted malts and vanilla.