YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly opaque black body with a small tan head. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, maple, and roasted nut in the aroma. The flavor presents some nice nutty chocolate notes with a slightly bittersweet finish. Respectable.
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with afew amber hints against the light; loose tan head that leaves a litttle lacing. Smells of dark roast coffee, some chocolate. Taste has the same elements and a hoppiness that doesn’t quite blend in - not bad but just not quite completely satisfying. Smooth but a little lacking in the rich texture that I expect in this style. Perhaps this would do well with a little time in the bottle. The hops just stick out a litle bit and make the whole thing slightly disharmonious,
bhensonb (12138) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate aroma with dark roasted malt accompaniment. Dark brown, near opaque, color with a beige/tan head that quickly did some ring lacing. Near full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavor is really roasted malt, near toasted/burnt. Coffee notes heading towards espresso. The finish is dry with some hop bitter to go along with all that malt. Exceptionally tasty.
Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, not black, with a thin tan head. Aroma is a light smokiness, bacon grease, ciggarettes and charred wood. Taste is a bit smoky with chocolate, light caramel.
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
on tap-pours a dissipating tan head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-chocolate/cocoa powder, also surprisingly thin/watery, oatmeal? After warming watery disappears and caramel/molasses comes out. Taste is dark malt-chocolate/cocoa powder, caramel/molasses, secondary earthy hops. Occasional.
badgerben (4576) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark brown color with a thin head. A little chocolate and roast on the nose. Almost some oak. Dark chocolate and lots of roasted barley dominate the flavor. Mild piney hop bitterness. Fairly simple, but damn tasty.
drawde (115) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 5, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flavor is very sweet; lots of caramel, adn chocolate that well overpower the bitterness. Very smooth finish. Rich.
eaglefan538 (2925) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (22oz) from Topps in Tempe. The pour was dark brown in color, some mahoganey hues. The head was ok, lacing too. The aroma was chocolate, some coffee, also a berry fruit factor. The flavor was much the same as the aroma, not a bad melding of these things together along with a caramel-ness too. Mouthfeel was of moderate body for the style, some dryness, light to moderate carbonation. A nice little porter, though not something to die for.
Enjoyit (3573) - Vadum, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of color with a nice beige head. an aroma of liqurice, coffee and dark chocolate. A flavor of coffee, raw liqurice, chocolate and sweet hints.
Stine (1645) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beautiful pour of blackened chestnut brown; tepid white skin scatters over the surface while a blaze of burgundy glows at the bottom. Medium roasted coffee, caramel and doughy chocolate cookies in the aroma; licorice, and a hint of lactic sourness. Crisp brown sugars and cool mint leaves linger within a basic, but unadulterated, dark berry and toasted malt framework; simple and easy to enjoy. Fat roasted malts and bitter citrus rind rub the palate with mild astringency, but the juicy hazelnuts and water chestnuts imparting an oily sweetness win out. At once firm and soft in the mouth, finishing dryly with rotund cola bitterness. Well done and very amiable.