marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 24, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This black ale poured with a generous tan head and a pleasant chocolate aroma. There is a rich smoked malt flavor with some chocolate notes and a chalky finish. There is a lot of sediment in the glass and bottle.
17thfloor (2412) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a near black brown with a huge frothy tan head, mountainous! Big floral hop aroma with some pineapple and what smells like chocolate pudding? Perfumy and oily aroma. Flavor is chocolate pudding, some espresso roast and sweet floral and citrus hops. Tastes like a porter mixed half and half with a pacific-northwest pale. I didn’t like the oily-perfume like qualities of their brown, however the much richer porter plays off well with the citric hops. Nice mouthful, medium/full smooth with larger but softer soda carbonation. Very easy drinking as well.
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany into a stem glass. Mocha head with medium retention leaves spot lacing as it recedes. Pit fruit aromas. Smoky and a little thin. Dark caramel and pit fruits upfront with a chalky dry lasting finish.
Suttree (4733) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black, with a huge tan head. Subtle aroma of coffee, burnt toast. Very clean, crisp palate. Flavor is mostly coffee and a touch of coffee. Some roasty bitterness.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) Slight gusher of tan head that reveals a clear dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, coffee, some burnt, caramel, nut, light earthy. Taste is moderately sweet, chococoffee, some roast, caramel, light burnt. Light-medium body, some stickiness, low carbonation, easy drinking. A bit too sweet, but enjoyable nonetheless.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black pour, slightish white head, lasted half way through the beer. Solid roasted malt and coffee nose. Similar in taste, with some mocha and a light hop character. A bit light bodied, with a clean but slightly watery finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent dark copper mahogany with a spotty-lacing light tan head, Aroma of lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and milk chocolate with a touch of earthy hops. Body starts with a smooth malty sweetness balanced with bigger bittering hop and roasty notes toward the finish. A pretty drinkable and balanced porter.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour thick cascading head. Slick mouth-feel, smokey aroma. Chocolate, coffee, and roast. Dry finish
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - AUG 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste 8/8 Bottle. Looks: Black and opaque. Nice thick head. Aroma: Nice smoke,bacon. Taste: Mostly smoked bacon. Spice and roast. A little sweet malt. Some chocolate. Less astringent than a lot of porters. Very drinkable and nice mouthfeel. Smooth. Mellow bitter in the finish.
Lowe1983 (1304) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 6, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroms is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and molasses. Flavor is stronger then the aroma led on to. Chocolate dominates the flavors with roasted malts, coffee, and molasses. Dry finish that doesn’t linger.