MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle thanks to my Secret Santa. Dark black color with a small cream head on the ring of the glass. Strong aroma of coffee and cream, roasted chocolate and caramel. Flavor comes off as malty, roasted and real smooth until the end chalky dryness of a good porter. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Duane via trade. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and some light piney hops. Pours a dark brown with only the slightest of orange hilights when held to the light. Small tan head quickly fades to a ring. Malty up front with a good amount of chocolate and light caramel. Nice piney finish and even a little grapefruit for balance with the slightest hints of coffee. Short lived piney aftertaste that quickly fades and leaves chocolate and caramel lingering slightly longer. A solid porter. hopdog (12447) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2005
Poured a dark, dark brown with an averaged sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts and an earthen mustiness to it. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruits. Starts out lightly sweet and ends lightly bitter. Some lacing left on the glass. richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2005
much thanks to Duane for this bottle, pours a virtual black body topped with a fizzy tan head. nose is rich with chocolates and some kind of sweet fruit that i cant nail down, as well as a bit of vanilla. a sweet chocolate and burnt malt taste starts and finishes each sip, and the middle is made up of a nice dose of sweet vanilla. if it werent for the hard burnt aftertaste, i would almost think this was a lactose porter. smooth and creamy body and soft, low carbonated mouthfeel. thanks alot duane. Terminus (3679) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 28, 2005
bottle-thanks to secret santa for this one. pours pretty much pitch black with a nice beige head that faided fast. big dark chocolate, roast, dark fruit, char, smoke, this is nice! flavors exhibit lots of the char and dark chocolate but some oxidization. Body is medium, but somewhat fizzy and metallic. finish is mostly char and chocolate. This would be fantasitc fresh on tap. pretty good!
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2006 Thanks Duane! Poured very dark with a tan tight head. The aroma was roasted malts and a bit sour. There was something missing , maybe ABV, or mouthfeel, I liket hem dark, and this was dark. Duane, thanks again. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown with a nicely-lacing, frothy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasty, dry and sweet, with some roasted coffee bitterness. Body starts with a nice caramely maltiness with some molasses turning more dry and roasty toward the finish. A nicely balanced, very drinkable porter. hezron (614) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 27, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Nice and rich dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark black with a thinning tan head and decent lacing. Roasty flavor with chocolate and some dried fruit then finishes with some bitter coffee. Medium body, creamy palate. One of the better from my tasting. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUN 17, 2005
12 oz. bottle. aroma of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate. color of a dark cola with a tan head which disappeared rather quickly. the flavor, oh the flavor... wonderful mild flavors of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, "Nuts" and maybe a hint of toast. deducted a couple of tenths for the rather thin body, but overall, this is a very drinkable porter! howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2005
Decent tan head, bitter-sweetish chocolate aroma, some roast. Satisfyingly sharp roasty flavors to offset the chocolatey sweetness. Lush but not cloying mouthfeel.