Bamsen78 (3141) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy v. dark brown woth small tan head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel with subtle roasty notes. Sweetish, malty flavour with pronounced floral notes, a touch of caramel and fruit and a little liquorice towards the finish. Rather bitter aftertaste. Warming alcohol presence. Decent.
rbrazell (1656) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Proof. Deep cola pour with a frothy tan head. Nose of roasted malts, chocolate, licorice, jasmine, flowers and earl gray tea. Smooth malty entry with milk chocolate, roast fading into herbal tea, jasmine, touches of honey sweetness and ends in a floral spiciness. Medium bitter sweet body and smooth carbonation. Pretty tasty.
drfabulous (4001) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Tan head. Light body with some nutty taste. Smooth and creamy. Slight sweet/sour thing going on. Pretty light on the tongue for almost 10 %.
gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Lakes Deli in Santee. Pours the appropriate color dark brown-black. Almost no foam. Maybe not in the bottle long enough? Aromas are faint brown sugar and coffee. Not much otherwise. Taste is gently of prunes, burnt coffee, brown sugar, and maybe some chocolate. It is definitely better as it warms. A touch of woody and smoke character creeps in as well. Not bad, but not the strong offering for which I was hoping. Just to the good side of solid, considering who is involved.
brokensail (10955) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ West End. Black pour with a tan head. Plum and raisin on the nose. Roasted malt, ash, and dark chocolate. Mild coffee, alcohol, and burnt sugar. Flavor is really sweet. Grape juice, raisin, and plum. Roasted malt, ash, and dark chocolate. A touch of coffee, burnt sugar, and licorice.
GT2 (8444) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at 10 Barrel in Bend, OR. Inkier black pour. Weaker to non existant foam. No lace. Mega, ultra sticky dark fruit nose with maple, dates, twizzlers, mega sticky candy. Taste is similar with licorice, huge cherry twizzlers, black candy licorice. Palate is dusty, chalky, bitter soil and tar.
radagast83 (4655) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at ChurchKey launch. Poured a nice deep, brown color, when held up to the light there are notes of dark ruby red edges around the glass with a small, brown head that quickly dissipated. Aroma was some chocolate notes, some light coffee and a touch of anise. Flavor was a ton of cocoa notes, some light coffee (not bitter), and anise. A touch dry on the finish provides a nice palate. Alcohol is hidden almost entirely, it’s smooth and creamy and tasty.
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque very dark brown color with a short caramelized colored head. Aromas of funk and a bit of coffee. Smooth mouthfeel with just enough burn. A lot of unexpected dried apricot. Peculiar for the style. Quite a bit of coffee when the olfactory is involved in the taste. Interesting. stone seems to be inching out on a limb.
Doofgoblin (289) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing wrong with that! Good aroma and great taste! I especially like the developing complexity on the finish, which is smooth but bitter enough. Really enjoyable strong porter with plenty robust flavor followed by some delicate characteristics of honeysuckle and faint prune. Yum.
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Very floral chocolate and honey aroma. Smooth, velvety, and chewy palate. Tastes of sweet roasted grain, dark chocolate, jasmine, and honey with a dry, organic, and bitter finish. Well done.