buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared with the Thrashmaster. Very smooth mouthfeel coupled with a well-balanced slightly roasted semi-chocolatey taste. Finish is subtle and somewhat dry. This one’s a keeper.
Dogbrick (11180) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Alan’s HSC initation. Thanks Rogueone for sharing! The beer pours a very dark brown color with a medium thin beige head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing on the glass.Nice roasted coffee aroma with notes of chocolate and malt. Medium body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and hops. The finish is dry and roasty with a mildly bitter hops and coffee aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable from start to finish.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle sampled at Alan’s HSC initiation: I really, really enjoyed this porter. Very dark mahogany, grainy pour with a very frothy and bubbly head. Aroma is creamy, burnt sugars, and a coffee-lingering roastiness. Nicely balanced hop profile here with the chocolate maltiness of this brew. Definitely a memorable porter I’d like to have more of.
Sammy (10891) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very good porter, enjoyed at Mondial 2008. Chocolate stouty aroma. Dark, with some lace. Creamy mouthfeel, smooth drinking.
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
(Dégusté avec french tickler au mondial) Biere de couleur noire avec un tres mince collet non-collant. Senteur quelque peut fumé, un peu sucré, réglisse noir et un peu de dattes. Gout sucré et salé, un peu fumé. Un gout peu développer.
nearbeer (4782) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2008 Draft @ Lou & Mickeys, San Diego. Opaque, with a small persistent head. Aroma is coffee sweetened with brown sugar and molasses. Flavor initially has more sweetness than expected, but deeper in the glass some nice roast bitterness balances with flavors of spicy green wood, dry cocoa and slight char. Medium body is fairly smooth and dry.
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ le Mondial
Pitch black, tiny light brown head, oily
Caramel malts, caramel, prunes, plums, toffee
Lack of balance and body, bitter and sweet quickly fades to an oily finish, medium body
Mineral, malty, hint of maple syrup
chrisafari (100) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Mellow aroma of roasted malts and slight hint of coffee. Flavor begins with a hint of hops then becomes malty and finishes with a smooth maltiness. Palate is smooth and clean. Medium body. Great on a warm summer day.
chronictonic (472) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap - Capone’s (May 2008) - Dry, roasty aroma. Poured black and velvety in the glass. Flavor is crisp and dry, medium body with roasted malts the dominant flavor. That roasted malt flavor is expertly cut with a sharp hop bit that is perfect at cleansing the palate. This is similar to Iron Hill’s Pig Iron Porter, but IMHO, is much better. While Pig Iron is a bit bigger in the body, this one is more balanced between that roasted flavor and hop bite. This is one of the best porters I’ve had in a long time - if not ever.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint. Poured a deep brown/black with a slight tan head. Lots of cocoa in the aroma. Roasty/chocolatey malt flavors predominate. A little sweetness.
Not a lot of hops, just enough to balance the sweetness. Dry malt finish with more chocolate. A solid porter. Nothing that blows you away, but very drinkable.