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Review by tavernjef on 02/02/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
Dark brown filled pint with a low glow of amber at the edges. Finger high, soft, lush, spongy foam of a light sandy brown sits atop with good strength. Smal bits of lacing stick to the glass well.

Solid lofty porter aroma of dry breads, cocoa, and caramel. Tenderly sweet and dryish to the air, elluminating with a nose of solidness that screams porter.

Nice taster of a porter, simple, yet fulfillingly rich in a softness of breadishness and slightly biscuity-like elements are encompassed with far reaching elements of cocoa. Nice tidbits of caramel swim around underneath along with some smallish hints to dark fruit sweetness and milk chocolate powder. The dryness is subtle and clean while the sweetness and cocoa/caramel round it out with a fine tuned balance. Very light hints to smoke and tin float into parts of the finish.

Body is a delicately smooth and firm mediumish tone with a great clean profile and slippery creamyness. The dryness that it carries is quite nice here as its just enough to make an impression while letting the smoothness of cocoa and slight sweet tones balance it out. It's no brute of a porter by any means, but a damn fine example of the style. Not sure what the whole Canadian reference is about. Maybe the band Rush? Perhaps that will be revealed at a later point? But it is suppose to be a lighter version of what an American porter would usually be.
The drinkability is a glide of fun, solid, porter taste and has an easy going character and complextion that seems simple but does not approach any such missing elements. A well crafted brew by Flat Earth. Perfect for this crisper, cooler Autumn air.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tangfoot on 04/25/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 17 4 9 2008
I don't think this one had the carbonation problem that others have spoke of. It seemed pretty reasonable to me.
Nice pour, black beer, decent head.

Really malty sweet smell to it. There's a bit more along the fringe, but it is mostly sweetly good.

Until I sat down to type in the review, I did not know that this was a porter. If I had that knowledge beforehand, I think it would have improved my first impression of it. It seemed to me a bit thin and light for the stout I thought it was, but as a porter, it's just about perfect. Easy drinking, lovely taste filled with coffee, smoke, rye and of course sugary malts. It's really got a lot going on.

It gets an extra little bump due to the astronomy geek in me. If only I can -drink- the Cygnus while looking at Cygnus...

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 03/26/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to TipTop for the bomber!

Pours a very dark amber - almost black, cool color - with a slight tan head that hangs around decently. Aroma of roast coffee, hints of rye and cocoa.

Starts out with a toasty caramel and coffee maltiness, then in mid sip the rye shows up, grainy, adding to the complexity but not in an integrated manner, then it fades away, combining with the coffeeish roastiness to leave a really neat aftertaste. Not at all overly carbonated, good body. Neat twist on a rye brew, cool how it just goes off like a starter's pistol in the middle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 02/20/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 2008
Thanks to Tip Top for this brew>

Pours a dark amber with a reg tint to it. Nice looking tan head forms really thick and then settles down nicely on the brew. Good aroma of the roasted malts, nothing really stands out to me here, but it's not bad. Nice flavor in this brew. Solid malts all around with some burnt caramel and light coffee. Overall a real solid brew, with nice flavoring and feel.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 0
Reviewed from notes. Had this one on tap at the Happy Gnome.

A - Black body that looks like it might be slightly thin, but this is just a porter after all. Small beige head with decent retention.

S - Dark roasted malts. Deep coffee notes. Very light rye in the background.

T - The rye is much more present and up front in the taste than it is in the smell. Slight whiskey flavor. Day old coffee. Slightly bitter wash at the finish.

M - Medium bodied with low carbonation.

D - Solid porter that drinks really easily. My only complaint wouldn't be with the craftsmanship of this beer, but that the Happy Gnome served it just too cold.

Served In: Pint Glass

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