ThisWangsChung (638) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated 4/3/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a two finger mocha shade, settling to one finger after a while. As it fades, lots of webbed lacing remains on the glass.
S: The tone this one takes in general is "hops first, porter second", with plenty of earthy, lemon, pine, and grapefruit notes emanating from the hop profile. As it warms up, a faint amount of roasted barley and chocolate appear.
T: The hops here are front loaded on the palate, opening with flavors of lemon and pine. The midtaste and finish sees an increase of roasted, coffee-forward notes along side an upsurging ípingí of hop bitterness. Granted, I let this one sit in the fridge for 2 months before opening (and God only knows how fresh it was when I picked it up), but this is a bit more balanced than I was assuming.
M: On the lighter side in terms of texture without being watery. The finish has a pleasant drying sensation, as well. Easy to drink.
O: Even with a few months on it, itís pretty damn good - or maybe itís pretty damn good BECAUSE it has a few months on it? Not sure. Would buy again, though; one of the more successful robust porters Iíve had in a while.
Doofgoblin (237) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good. Pours dark with an off white/tan head. Aroma is hoppy with notes of malt and nutty smells. Taste is somewhat sweet but balanced with a nice hop bitterness. It also has some great chocolate malt character as well, not to mention it finishes mostly smooth but with the right amount of bitter youíd want... wow. The finish also has a complexity that matures on your palate too. This brew certainly has some Black IPA character traits going on here. Overall, youíre gonna like this one.
Evolutionary (217) - Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap from mellow mushroom. Pours dark brown black and medium thick brown head. Hop nose and very smooth porter mouthfeel. Hop taste cuts thru the smooth porter but just at the end. It's like a real smooth black ipa. Tasty.
---Rated via my mouth
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Brown color, medium brown head, solid lacing. Aroma of pine and roasty cocoa. Taste is milk chocolate, bitter finish. Like a black IPA. Decent stuff.
ajnepple (1050) - Clear Creek County, Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black with 3 fingers of tan foam. The aroma is dry earthy hops, roasted malts, light caramel and light chocolate. Light to medium body with a slick, somewhat creamy feel. Medium hop bitterness and light malt sweetness. Similar to a Black IPA. Lingering bitter dry piney finish.
atlrizzob (92) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown amber in colour with a creme head. Tastes strongly hopped with a smoothness in the finish with notes of chocolate and caramel. Tasted more like a black ipa but whatever, good beer regardless.
EtTuCthulhu (730) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is not what you would expect from a porter, for it is strongly of grass hops, leaves, and earth; also, the color of the beer is black with a medium off-white head. The taste is quite bitter and slightly umami, and the palate combines a medium body, slick texture, bitter finish, and soft carbonation to make a unique porter/IPA fusion.
hombrepalo (1704) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
10oz pour at Emporium Arcade. Pour is a dark black with a nice size tan head. Aroma is nice with notes of coffee, chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is deep choco witha suprising amount of hoppy flavor to go along with the nice malts. Very tasty!
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Tap 42. Brown pour with an off white head. Expresso aromas. Coffee, bitter roasted malt, and bakers chocolate notes. Earthy undercurrents with maybe a hint of pecan? Good body, mouthfeel, and carbonation.
snoworsummer (1009) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a bottle. Tastes like roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate. Slightly bitter. Foamy head.