Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Black with reddish tints, thick beige head. Some floating yeast, too. Aroma is vanilla and coffee, with a touch of milk chocolate. Smooth, milky palate. Nice notes of vanilla with a coffee ish finish, Nice slightly dry finish. Thanks to Springslicker for this one! beerguy101 (5364) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 17, 2006
This porter pours a deep black color from a 120z bottle. Small sized beige foamy head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, but fairly mild. A medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and somewhat fruity. There is a bit of sour lactic flavor going on here so the beer may be going somewhere it shouldn’t. Fairly smooth tasting and an easy drinking porter, except for that lactic thing is really distracting. I will have to re-rate after sampling the other bottles in this month BOMC shipment. There are some nice chocolate flavors in there somewhere. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and lactic. HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 16, 2006
Bottle. Pours almost balck with a medium head. Aroma of coffee beans, roasted malts and cacao. The flavor is not too complex and a bit too bitter for my taste. Coffee is dominant, the body is not too thin but not thick. Perhaps a bit too one dimensional for a porter I was left wanting for something more. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
(sampled with irishboy)black body with red highlights,light brown head.chocolate,coffee,and milk make up the aroma and flavor. IrishBoy (4233) - Bakersfield, California, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle under the Sunday River name from Porterhouse; nose of coffee and chocolate malts, Transparent brown with a medium tan head; flavor of coffee, chocolate. nad roasty malts.
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Last HWOH under the Sunday River name. These guys make very solid beers overall, so this one was no exception. Great dark brown almost black body with a nice deep beige head. Aroma is toffee, chocolate, caramel, citrusy orange hops, nutty and light roast. Light hop presence in the flavor but is dominated by dark chocolate malts and hints of nuts, roast, and more sugary toffee. Smooth mouthfeel with a porter-like finish in the end. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2009 Any first impressions?crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2006
-A veil of foam floats atop a murky dark brown.
-Earthy, citrusy hops and muddy roastiness intrigue the nostrils.
-Wooden hops take quite a bit of space in the flavor spectrum, as roastiness has to set back in the second violin position.
-The comfy carbonation fits the light and quenching mouthfeel.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some burnt fruitiness is found hugging the malts.
-This lacks the maltiness of the best porters, and thus feels more like a brown IPA, but it’s good, so who cares?
-I don’t think the flavors coalesce completely, but this still remains a flavorful pint.
-A more recent pint offered lots of roastiness and caramel in a very slim mouthfeel, ending in roasted and wooden hop bitterness. From 3.4 to 3.0.
On tap at the brewpub on two separate occasions.
opaque blackish red hue with a tanish head. aroma a mix of chocolate and toffee, some smokey notes. Intally sweet with some roasted notes mianly chocolate. Really smoth and balanced. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 1, 2006
12 oz bottle from the Malt of The Earth monthly beer club. Thanks to pman for the beer. Unlike the 420 IPA, I really liked this beer. Pours black with a dark beige head that is plentiful and thick. Has a strong chocolate roasted aroma. Flavors are smokey and chocolatey. The finish is a bit milky and tart. has a very pleasant palate. Not too roasted, but just right. The big chocolate flavors and great head retention make this a worthwhile porter. kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - JUL 31, 2006
12 oz bottle from the Malt of The Earth monthly beer club. Drank from the bottle so cannot comment on appearance. Smell was sweet caramel malt. Taste is sweet and smooth, but a bit flat, watery and thin. Very little body. Weak finish, no bang. No aftertaste to speak of. Not a bad beer, but not very inspiring.