gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark dark brown with carmel head. sweet aroma with some roasted coffee. flavor is similar with a hint of vanilla and some dark fruits. oily mouthfeel with a medium finish.
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 3, 2008
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled. Dark chocolaty brown with a brief light tan head. Mouth feel is a bit foamy and not as strong as I expected. I canít seem to find the vanilla taste at all, the malty chocolate and slight burnt coffee flavor overpowers any vanilla.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark dark brown to black (looks like a stout) with a decent tan head, fizzling away rapidly. The nose is very fruity with a tart acidity. Reminds me of Bells Cherry stout. Perhaps a hint of coffee, but mostly fruity roasty acidity. Vanilla? I canít smell it. A bit light on the tongue with higher than average carbonation and average viscosity. The flavors are very acidic. It reminds me of cola, which is unfortunately a beverage I donít enjoy too much. Very fruity roasty acidity. Cherry coke? A small hint of chocolate and a suggestion of vanilla, but this beer is overwhelmingly sour, ala some jolly pumpkin beers... in fact, thereís something that is very reminiscent of Madrugada Obscura. A long lingering not terribly clean roasty acidity in the finish. A bit of diacetyl irks me. I need some Tums.
cryfreedmb (113) - Ocean, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Beer club. Dark brown pour. Huge tan head. Surprisingly small aroma that has a bit of alcohol and coffee in it. Taste is a bit disappointing. Very sweet chocolate, coffee, light vanilla. Taste bit like stale coffee. Has a waterdown body to it.
keepersj12 (2761) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
When I opened it, I thought it had great promise. Nice aroma, big head, good looking dark brown color. Thereís something in the taste thatís not quite right though. Maybe something like hot sauce. I canít put my finger on it. Not at all what I expected. Iíll try another and hope for the best.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown with an umber glow when held to the light. Taller, dense aged canvas colored head. Heavy sheet of lace. Viennese coffee aromas, with coffee, dark chocolate, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Stale coffee and day old.cinnamon roll flavors. LIght acidity in the finish (coffee like). Light vanilla and bitter wood linger.
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle courtesy of moejuck. I guess I poured this pretty vigorously because I ended up with half a glass full of sudsy tan head. Looks like a root beer float head. Pretty quick to recede though, does leave some decent lacing. Leaves a pretty thick layering of foam atop the beer. Body of the beer is dark brown with some red running through it. Nose is odd, some cocoa powder, some coffee, some chili pepper type spice, very light vanilla and some hop bitterness. Smells "dusty" or old, which throws everything else off. Fore is sour mash, old coffee grounds, chocolate and spice. Donít know if this is a bad bottle or what, but there are definitely some off flavors and aromas here. Medium astringency. Medium bodied, appropriate for the style. Finish is light roasted notes, chili pepper and dark malts. Not a fan of this one at all. Couldnít get past all the sour/old/metallic mustiness and it ended up being pretty much a drainpour.
SturmWulf (65) - USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of vanilla, hint of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Poured a dark mahogany brown. Had a nice foamy, light tan head that quickly dissipitated. Left light lacing on the Pint Glass. Beer had no cap after the head was gone. Flavor of vanilla that was quickly overcome by a strong softly bitter coffee with hints of chocolate and roasted malt with vanilla coming back at the end. The bitter coffee flavor seemed to increase as I drank it, a bit too strong for me, but that is me, those who like a strong bite or strong bitter in their beer will enjoy this.
Body was a light to medium, with a slightly thin texture, carbonation started strong but died down quickly to become weak. A strongly bitter finish. A nice Porter, especially if you like coffee. While I liked the beer, I wouldnít buy again for its just not my style of Porter. But, if you like strong coffee and strong bitter flavor in your Porters, do give this a try!
posikyle (165) - Alabama, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark brown, not much head, but what is there is very good looking. Malty flavor with some hints of vanilla, well balanced. Not the best porter, but iíve had worse.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2007
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
pours dark brown with a bubbly head that dissipates. aroma of vanilla and sour. mouthful is metallic with some hints of roasted malts... not so pleasant.