outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Julie says one of her brew kettle favs a little sharp in this batch but pretty good other wise she gives a 3.9
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bomber courtesy of crizay pours mahogany with tan head. The aroma is roasty malts, burnt malts and some smooth earthiness. The taste is similar with tasty dark roasted malts and burnt malts and an under current of earthiness mixing with molasses. Nice roasty brew. mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Color is nice. Almost no head. Very chocolatey aroma. Smooth and surprisingly light on the tongue. It’s got all the flavors you want in a porter. Bitter coffee, loads of chocolate, light smoke, some oak and vanilla.
The first couple sips didn’t do a lot for me, but now that it’s warmer, all the flavors are coming out more. Definitely give this some time to come up to temp. It’ll make a difference.
This is very good, but it’s a step below the elite porters I’ve had. But I couldn’t tell you what’s missing. Certainly not a disappointment. nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2014
This is a great java brew. Taste and smell the coffee notes. The only things i think this is missing is a good head. superspak (5600) - Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark brown color with a small 1 finger dense tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, cola, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced standard porter aromas. Taste of caramel, chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, biscuit, roasted nut, coffee, and herbal hops. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and roasted nut on the finish for a bit. Nicely balanced and blended flavor profile. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel. Very easy to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice and very enjoyable porter. Nice robust flavors and good balance.
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Aroma of about 60/40 coffee to milk chocolate ratio, moderate roast and light blueberry. Appearance is oily black with sticky mocha head. Flavor has a roast, almost smokey character up front; the coffee is present but not dominant; there is some sweetness suggested, but never realized; the finish is dry and somewhat resiny. Personally, I miss the fruit presence suggested in the nose. Palate is medium, oily and soft. A very good porter. pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2008
1-18-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to crizay! bluejacket74 (1992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Black with creamy head and watery spotted lacing. Great roasted malt and caramel smell. Nice mouthfeel - really creamy! Flavor is nice and roasted malt with caramel flavor too. Almost has a bitter coffee taste in there too. Would have again. For some reason I wasn’t expecting to really like this and I do. Thanks Chris!!!
22 ounce bottle, 6.5% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is good, but not much lacing left on the glass. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, with the bitter coffee flavor being somewhat stronger compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it does seem a bit light for the style. Decent carbonation. Drinkability is good, it’s smooth and goes down easy enough. I think this is a pretty decent brew overall, not a bad choice for $3.99 a bomber. I’d buy this again in the future. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2010
22 oz bottle
MrBunn (2826) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
A very great value at $3.99 I picked this up knowing that the Brew Kettle is one of those local/regional breweries you can always rely on to provide a great value. This one is good enough that it deserves another purchase. At some point I will buy another fresh bottle to share with people just getting into the craft brewery scene.
Aroma / Appearance - Black and fluid the body was deep and inky. A tan head was well balanced and thick. Oak chips, chocolate, black coffee, and black cherries create a nice sensation that is not so heavy it smothers the senses.
Flavor / Palate - Mocha with a bias towards the coffee, the addition of chocolate flakes provides more depth than expected. Light and fluid it has a nice balance between flavor and texture. There are plenty of better porters out there but I can’t think of any that are so affordable. For that it gets a nice bump. If this were in the $7.99 price range I’d probably have walked right on past it.
Bomber. Just a little bit of light slips in around the edges of this dark brown pour. Head is fairly thin... tan foam. Chocolate milk dominates the nose, with a bit of an earth and leather backdrop. Flavor is straight chocolate milk... with just a hint of darker and more bitter notes that peek through now and again. Flavor is decidedly sweet, but it doesn’t head off into cloying territory. ABV is excellently hidden.