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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
71 82 58 3 6 6
Dino's Dark by Lake Louie Brewery Company
American Porter
0.00 % ABV


 
Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz. Bottle
$8.29 6-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

Dino's Dark poured garnet with big deep mahogany highlights. A half finger creamy beige head formed on the pour that settled to a thin skim of foam up top. When not held away from the light this beer is as black as night. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip. Looks good.

As I inhale this beer I get a nose full of sweet lightly roasted malts. The roasted malts are the main aroma but there is a very nice compliment of toffee and freshly ground coffee aromas that creep through. There's even some dark fruit involved here in the form of plum and fig. Mild floral hop scent on the backend.

Roasted malts upfront in the flavor as well. Much like the aroma there is a solid toffee sweetness that comes through mid-palate and sticks around through the finish. Mild coffee shows up on the finish. Flavors meld together very subtly to make a very enjoyable brew. Mild floral hop bite on the finish. Very nice.

Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets this beer woirks it's way through slowly. Smooth and creamy. Small hop bitterness on the finish, very small.

This is definately an easy beer to put away. Good sipper with subtle enough flavors to keep me wanting more.

My first offering from Lake Louie and it's definately a good one. Very solid porter with some minor stout like tendancies. Pick it up if you see it.

Reviewed: 4/29/07

Price: $8.29 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 06/20/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
58 3 6 11 4 5 2009
A vigorous pour has me noticing a distinct butterscotch note as well as producing a three-finger thick, lightly browned, tan colored head in my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a blackened, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, dark ruby color when held up to the light. The aroma is definitely heavily influenced by diacetyl, though at first it pairs decently with a toasted, lightly roast malt note. The diacetyl soon becomes annoying, though it at least doesn’t become rancid.

Sweet malt flavors are noticeable up front as the beer first hits my tongue. An oral / nasal diacetyl component then comes in towards the middle and then an almost lactic like tartness kicks in. The finish has a toasted whole grain flavor as well as a touch of roasted malt bite. The diacetyl is not nearly as noticeable in the flavor as it was in the nose, but it is still here. This does have solid dark malt flavors, I just wish they were able to come out more (the flaws really mute my experience of them here).

This was certainly an experience. The bottle is likely infected, but it could just be poor yeast / fermentation management at this point too. I do get the sense that there is a tasty beer in here somewhere. In fact the flavor, despite the easily noticed flaws, isn’t all that bad even.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 18 3 8 0
Review from 01/17/07

A - Holy crap. Be careful when you pour this. I ended up with almost an entire pint of foam. Head is big and fizzy, and looks like the head you would see on a Coke, but maybe a tad darker. Body is a nice, clean dark brown.

S - Odd smell. Milk that is a day or two beyond the expiration. Sour apple. This is unique, as I haven't smelled this in any other porter.

T - Like the smell, this starts out with sour apple. Moves to roasted dark malts. Then coming in is chocolate, baker's chocolate to be exact. Finishes with a hop bitterness. Wonderfully layered with everything coming in distinct waves.

M - Medium bodied, overcarbonated. Swirl it around some to make it die down.

Well, I am just finishing my review and this beer is almost gone. Great taste. If they worked on the carbonation, this could be a big time winner.

Served In: Pint Glass

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