muzzlehatch (4903) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #9. Vermont Brewer’s Fest, July 2008, sample 1. I have very scattershot notes from the fest; I had just recently lost my job, had been depressed for a couple of weeks, and was unable to find anyone else to go with to the fest, and started out pretty depressed and irritated. Looking at the recently-uncovered notebook from that period I see all kinds of despairing comments in between the beer ratings, and it gets me down - until I realize that, if my life still isn’t on anything like the track it should be on, at least it’s on a different line...
Which brings us to the brewery named Switchback, never one of my favorites in Vermont. My guess is that the "belated" part of this beer’s name has something to do with the fact that it took them a while to get it into real production; this sample comes from a year and a half before it was generally available. Anyway, it wasn’t an auspicious start - the pour decently murky-dark brown with a wisp of head (rare that you get more in those narrow fest tasting glasses anyway), and there’s a typical roasty character to the nose - although a touch of sour cherry isn’t necessarily welcome - and then in the body it was, alas, worty and underdevolped, like some of the brewery’s other products from this period, lightly sour, and thin on the finish. They’ve apparently improved quite a bit over the last few years though, and I’ll make sure to try a couple of their newer works if/when I visit the state again this fall.
Bulk_Carrier (4226) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a mug.
The appearance was a nice looking dark brown color with hues of dark orange/red tints along the sides of the glass. A one finger white to off white foamy level head hung around for a good minute and a half before gracefully dissipating leaving some messy tones of lacing.
The smell started off with a nice blend or roasty to sweet and bitter coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Light tones of caramel, nuts, vanilla and dark fruits balance nicely.
The taste was mainly sweet trying to balance in the roasty and bitter portion of the prior flavors. There’s a dry bitter to roasty caramel and nutty aftertaste leading into a dry finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation is refined enough to allow a nice sessionability about it. This one runs fairly smooth and trying to bring about a decent creaminess over my tongue.
Overall, its a good American porter, lightly hopped allowing a nice roasty to sweet blend allowing this beer to be what it is. I’d have again.
malrubius (2696) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - FEB 5, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Joe’s. Near black with tan head and full lace. Mild spicy earthy fruity aroma with hints of chocolate and roasted coffee. Mild roasted coffee and chocolate mild fruity sweetness. Earthy dry woody finish accentuated by lively soft carbonation and soft palate. Excellent session porter, which are not easy to find these days. Natural carbonation holds it all together and gives a very pleasing mouthfeel.
mcox90 (1983) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from a local Shaws grocery store. Pours a basic brown with a one finger off white head. Roasted malt aroma. Light sweetness on the flavor. Roasted malt with an ever so slight whisper of chocolate. Thin nosh body. Pretty decent and fairly inexpensive.
Mep3222 (1354) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Roasted malt and bitter cocoa aroma. Flavor is the same with a bit of a dry almost herbal hop finish. Not a bad Porter and the hops balance nicely and make it different, but with the cocoa maybe a bit too bitter.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
probstblueribbon (3785) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Winooski Beverage, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Cute bottle!
App.: Deep brown-black with a fairly tight tan head.
Aroma: Dusty dark-roasted, malt, a touch of acidity, floral hops, a bit of dark chocolate, faint coffee, such a cute bottle.
Palate: Medium+ body, low to moderate carbonation.
Flav.: Dark-roasted malt, a little dark chocolate, a bit ashen, lightly acidic, light grape jelly; quite dry with fairly high bitterness and a dark-roasted malt and lingering bitter finish.
Again, great packaging. A solid Porter, which isn’t my fave.
Drake (13150) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from Winooski Beverage, 4/3/15. Clear dark brown, large foamy tan head. Good retention. Aroma of roasted malt, leather, dark chocolate. The taste is chocolate, dark fruits, clay, roasted malt. Thin bodied, drinkable.
BroSpud (2116) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 6 pack of oddly shaped 12oz bottles. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Roasted malt aromas with flavor notes of coffee, chocolate and burnt caramel. Better than expected though nothing spectacular.
polo_marco (328) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of straight coffee bean right to the nostril. Got a nice dark brown almost black eyes color. Taste is delightfully of coffee bean with a nice clean crisp finish. Strong multi solids rent across your tongue. All know nice Porter could use a bit more sweetness from the malts. Nice work switch back.
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, around $4-5, poured into 16oz tulip glass
Aroma: caramel, bread, nuts
Appearance: black, tan head
Taste: Medium sweet
Palate: medium body, creamy texture, average carbonation, bitter finish
Overall: Tastes like mostly chocolate malts with dark chocolate finish and bitterness. Smooth and nice mouthfeel. Nutty taste. Easy to drink.