michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2008
12oz. Bottle (Gusher): Bottle gushed and poured almost all foam. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, hops, soy sauce, and some astringent. Poured dark brown in color with a massive, dense, rocky, coffee-ice cream-brown colored head that lasted throughout. Sparkling. Many medium-sized particles. Excellent lacing. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter flavor. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, hops, and some pine. Medium body. Slightly thin, chalky texture. Lively carbonation. Sweet coffee, chocolate, and hop finish is dry. Annoyed I lost more than half the bottle to foam. DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - AUG 28, 2008
(Bottle). Bitter chocolate aroma. Reddish black color with huge fluffy tan head. Flavor is a delightful concoction of dark fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee, and tobacco, with significant roasty notes. Nice prolonged somewhat bitter finish. Well done. daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle from Smugglers Notch, VT. Black pour with a foamy, medium tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and some vanilla. Very carbonated. Flavor is like a maltball and sweet at the start...finish ends up a bit dry and bitter. This was pretty ok. Imaena (2328) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle @ the Smiths 08’.
Dark brown/black pour. Sweet maltiness with cocoa and coffee in the background. Finish is dry and the mouth feel is a bit thin. Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2007
Poured a dark rich chocolaty color with a medium off-white head. Sweet taste while finishing dry and bitter from Cascade hops. Smooth and well balanced. Dryness in finish really stood out. Perfectly not overwhelming.
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2007
bottle poured into a snifter is real dark nut brown in color with minimal head and lighter carbination. aroma of sweet malt, chocolate, alcohol, and licorice. flavor has nice malts not too bitter, mouth feel is on the lighter side for a porter, and finishes with some bitterness and roasted coffee. could use a little more of something, good beer just not as good as there others have been. rocbyter (2144) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Brown sugar and fruit malts in the aroma, some coffee also detectable. Dark amber color. Small tan head. Moderately sweet beginning with a slight amount of bitterness in the finish. Mild creaminess. Dorwart (2607) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2007
Decent head with light carbonation. Roasty and chocolaty aroma with some sweet malts and dark fruit. Color is a very dark brown. Ooh, not that great a flavor. Thin and watery with an astringent bitterness and some roasted grains. Bit of carbon and coffee bitterness. Finishes strong and roasty with a lingering bitterness and chalkyness. Not very good. cazort (567) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
(Bottle.) Pours with little head, not as dark as some porters (I can see through it against a very bright light). Aroma typical for a porter, but weak. Has a thin, peppery sort of carbonation, like seltzer water from a soda fountain. Tastes pretty good, a little bitter, and not too sweet. Thin, but this can be a good thing--pretty refreshing. Overall, I do not think this is a very good match for the style--it’s not rich enough. But it was an enjoyable beer. The best aspect of it are that it lacks the (unpleasant) heavy sweetness that dominates many porters. They would do well to add more hops...I don’t taste enough hops; what bitterness there is seems to come from the roast. gwpom (298) - Akron, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2007
12 oz bottle. Not as dark as I’ve come to expect from porters, but a nice nose, light brown head. There’s a sweetness that I can’t quite place, not carmel, but something light, almost fruity. Makes for a distinctive flavor. Not bad, but I wouldn’t make it a regular.