sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared at Cleveland tasting 3/15 Bottle: Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, dark fruits, chocolate. Flavor, coffee, roasted notes, brown sugar, chocolate and dark fruits. Pretty solid brew.
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at the Cleveland tasting. Thanks Mike! Pour was dark brown, slight creamy head. Aroma was sweet malts and caramel. Taste was brown sugared malts, caramel, and toffee. This was very enjoyable.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAR 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle 233/2007 from Immy. Spicy dessert on the nose. Brown sugar. Gingerbread cookie. Slightly ashy with hints of roasted malt and plastic (?). Pours a thick nearly pitch dark brown with an incredibly dense and creamy rich khaki head. Roasted malt, toasted vanilla bean, some ash, chocolate covered raspberries, caramel and toffee and chocolate. Mostly full bodied. Silky and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. A fantastic porter for sure! What a surprise. Thanks Tim!
Brigadier (3175) - 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 (7253) - 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 (11866) - 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 (8382) - 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.