FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A steady pour into my Teku glass produces an almost three finger thick, nicely browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is an opaque, almost black color. The aroma smells of chocolate, coffee liquor, vanilla (actually a fair amount of this), a hint of chalky roast character, a hint of mineral like character, and, once you really dig for it, a toasted, whole grain roasted character. The nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate and vanilla notes, but is still nice if you like that sort of thing.
The beer is somewhat dry, with lots of roasted, dark malt, and bitter burnt notes (that really linger on the palate). The carbonation adds a bit of a prickly texture here, and the extra CO2, along with the burnt roast, adds a bit of acidity and sharpness to the finish. The chocolate notes are quite a bit reduced compared to the aroma, though the vanilla is still quite expressive and dominant in the flavor. The body is fairly light, the carbonation accentuates this, but there is still a palate presence and light viscosity here; if you knockout the extra carbonation it becomes smoother and a touch richer.
Not bad if you like vanilla and chocolate; the stout character seems a touch wan, and also a bit too dry to accentuate the chocolate and vanilla in a balanced manner. Still this is fairly enjoyable.
dresden (725) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Stone. Pours a thin black with a short tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate and roast coffee, slightly burnt. Smells very sweet, but some grassy hops as well. Taste is quite sweet, some milk and dark chocolate, slight citrusy hop bit. Body is very thin and carbonation is very high. Makes for a strange porter.
Blairgus (2340) - California, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
25 Apr 2013, bottle. dark brown, almost black. nose is roasted/burnt beans at first, then rich dark chocolate. thin body and fizzy. sweet chocolate, might be a bit like the scratch-n-sniff chocolate flavor. i think there is some metallic flavor. itís fairly fizzy, which cuts into finding the nuances. decent. reminds me of Southern Tier Choklat
Gription79 (2128) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Big nose of chocolate and vanilla, slight toffee. The chocolate and vanilla dominate the flavor as well. There is also some bready notes, coffee, slight tannins. An enjoyable porter with big chocolate and vanilla flavors that are usually found in beers double the strength.
popery (1231) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours wall to wall black. Big, puffy, khaki head. The head foams up aggressively before settling into a thick blanket of fine foam. Iím mostly getting milk chocolate from the aroma, though some other aromas come in once I get used to it. At first blush, it legitimately smells like a dessert made with lots of milk chocolate. Big vanilla note, too. Smells very sweet. Hops provide a mix of floral and citrus and actually detract a bit from the aroma for me. I thought the chocolate seemed off, but the hops just add a funny twist. Still, itís overall a nice smelling beer. On the other hand, the taste is oddly harsh and just seems like a mess of clashing flavors. A fairly bland citric hop bitterness dominates the beer. Unfortunately, the sweeter flavors are mostly just an over the top vanilla tone. The chocolate is way too weak, particularly after the promise of the aroma. Plus, itís not a rich flavor, closer to bakerís chocolate than anything. Lingering hop and roast bitterness. Mouthfeel starts out way too effervescent, gets creamy before it just thins out too much. Generally, too thin, though. The carbonation is off, particularly for a porter. It just takes away from the flavors. I liked this one better on tap, so this bottle is fairly disappointing.
Thisis12ptfont (746) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Unique chocolate, fudge, cocoa aroma. Dark black with thin foam. Strong dark chocolate flavor with pleasant fudge overtones. Other notes of burnt caramel, roasted sugar, coffee beans and roasted cocoa nibs. Overall, this is a very pleasant chocolate flavored beer with a slight aged flavor. Iíd give this an A rating.
AdamJackson (1994) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fridge temp, wine glass, no head pours dark brown, black in the glass. Nose is roasted coffee and cocoa. Taste is very much the same. Thin body, weak mouthfeel but loads of cocoa and it has this premium chocolate taste with a smoked oak as well. Vanilla finish.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Dark black with a big finger of frothy khaki-tan head. Fades very slowly.
S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, chocolate, some vanilla and a bit of floral hops.
T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, coffee, cola, cocoa, vanilla, floral hops, and a bit of black licorice.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a sweet and lightly bitter finish.
D - Nicely balanced chocolate porter. Great body, balance just slightly off.
bytemesis (2414) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Opaque black, huge tan head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is very chocolate, roasted malts, malted milk. Flavor is about the same, medium plus sweet, lactic, a bit of coffee bitterness and astringence. Lighter body than expected, a bit creamy mouthfeel. Bitterness lingering and being steiner in the far finish.
Bule (519) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Pub Republic. Great chocolate aroma and strong chocolate flavor. Other than the chocolate though, there's not a lot of other flavor or sweetness to balance the taste.