Brigadier (3120) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Once again thanks to the magic cellar of miketd. This was a refreshing change of pace from the earlier one dimensional sample. It is roughly on par with the Ironbound Ale though based on my current tastes I think I’d opt for this instead. It might be interesting to see what oak barrels do to enhance some of the base flavors.
Aroma / Appearance - The light wood colored head bobbed above a deep black body. Smoke, ash, chestnuts and iced coffee. Things are a little loose around the edges causing a bit of disarray.
Flavor / Palate - Warm black coffee tickles the tongue followed soon by hop residue and overcooked chocolate pudding. A smokiness finishes things off far too soon for this to have a lasting effect. Despite being a bit thin in mouthfeel I’d still say this is probably slightly above average.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 1901 of 2007. Pitch black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet roasty and caramel aroma with some hints of molassas. Sweet roast, lots of caramel, light molassas, very creamy. Medium full body with low carbonation and a very smooth creamy finish.
Ughsmash (7202) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, #206/2007 thanks to Ken!! Poured deep brown with a whipped, well-retained cap of tan head.. sticky, slowly cascading lacing rolled down the sides of the glass.. beautiful! The aroma was well on the sweet side, with lightly-roasted sweeter chocolates, molasses, and cane sugar.. brown sugar showed itself with warmth.. as did just the faintest hint of toasted coconut which got this another point. The flavor was centered around brown sugar and toasty cocoa.. molasses and singed toffee roll over the sides, and a substantial smoky coffee bitterness emerged at the long, roasty finish. Medium-plus bodied with a long impression on the finish.. balance was solid.. this was a tasty brew!
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Black, creamy tan head. Charred chocolate sugar aromas float on mild roasted coffee, molasses, smoke, and toasted dark fruit tones. Bittersweet chocolate and sugary caramel flavors round with slight smoked port note and further hints of coffee. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Nice brew...
BrewmeisterEd (61) - USA - MAR 1, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 185 of 2007. Poured dark and thick with a creamy, tan head. Smells of burnt grain and molasses. Sweeter up front taste than a lot of porters - maybe due to the eponymous Rapadou sugar?? Tastes thick and leaves a nice, bitter after taste and a bit of coating on the tongue. A good choice for a cold/cool evening.
argo0 (11712) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Brown head with cola black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, molasses, some smoke. Taste is medium sweet, roast/smoke, some caramel, molasses, light chocolate. Creamy medium body.
3fourths (8288) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick properly dark brown body with thick legs, viscous lacing and a oily texture, underneath a tan to dark tan head. Strange starchy, spicy bread in the nose, with strong notes of toffee and caramel. Moderately thick texture, surprisingly thick, actually, with a hefty dose of chocolate, toffee, coffee grounds, spiced wood? Very strange but very good – quite different I think than anything I’ve had before. Resembles a foreign stout with the level or roast combined with exotic spices and coffee and such.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown/black with a small tan head. The nose is molasses, toffee, coffee, cola and light smoke. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly tart with lots of roast, acidic coffee, molasses, dark fruit and smoke. Full body is round with moderate carbonation.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Pours a very dark, chocolate brown color; medium tan head with fine-bubbled lacing and solid retention. Good amounts of roasted / burnt malts and dry, bitter chocolate in the aroma; sweet and burnt, but well-attenuated. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: plenty of roasted malts and dark chocolate, but with an odd, sugary core that complicates an otherwise tasty, roasted porter core; some roasted coffee and burnt malts, with a bit of alcohol poking through mid-palate; slightly hot. Lengthy, sticky sugar finish, showing caramel, toffee, and sticky sugariness.
jcwattsrugger (11277) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle-pours a rich creamy light tan head an black color. Aroma is soft sugary. Taste is burnt cane sugar, dark malt which finishes quickly, acidic/earthy. Finish is acidic with some coffee and dustiness. Not my style although interesting. Nicer at cellar temperature.