tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange citrus character is strong in the floral, hoppy nose along with a pleasnt roastiness. Opaque black body is topped by a low tan head that recedes to a partial cover and ring. Floral, orange hops balance the biscuity malts with some roastiness and a lasting sweetness in the aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Bottle (trade, May-05) enjoyed with MartinT, Rastacouere and Siroy. Thanks, DarkElf!
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Any first impressions?
-A veil of head lies atop an apparently filtered late sunset black.
-Citrusy hops hover over the peaty caramel maltiness of a scotch ale(!?!).
-The reasonable sweet malt body is apt for a porter.
-The short-lived flavor spectrum is disappointing, since the flavors are pretty interesting.
What if you dig deeper?
-The delicate roastiness is coating some black beans.
-The low carbonation emboldens the thick maltiness.
-The maltís sweetness is quite important, but dries out in the second half.
-Not your quintessential porter, more a world at the middle of porter and scotch ale.
hopdog (9525) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle acquired in trade with DarkElf (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with a huge 4.5 finger) light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke and some coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate (stronger than the aroma), roasted malts, caramel and light coffee. Starts out medium sweet and ends in a light bitter finish.
tubeee (3) - USA - JAN 3, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a rich black-brown, with deep red highlights. Tan head, with OK retention. No lace.
Aroma: Coffee, malt, chocolate, hops. Smells yummy.
Flavor: First taste is roasty, toasty, coffee and malt. then the hops come through. Aftertaste is a combination of balck malt bitterness and hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: A bit on the thick and viscous side, but not by much.
Overall: One of my favorite porters. Ranks close to Anchor Porter (my favorite), although itís a very different beer. More on the sweet-ní-caramelly side of the porter spectrum, but not so far as to be out of balance.
ClarkVV (3969) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2005 bottle from DarkElf, consumed on 12/30/2005. The pour brings forth a rich coal brown/black body, with light notes of burgundy hinted at on the edges. A large light-tan head rises quickly and for a minute, appears as if to stick around, but upon some agitation from picking up the glass, it quickly begins its descent to a light covering. Being quite filtered, there is no lacing present. The aroma is a dark plum and chocolate, with gentle roast adding vigour to the lazily sweet chocolate notes. Light buttercream keeps thing soft and broadens the sweetness when just in time, light floral hops arrive to add a touch of balance. Crusty brown bread on the end, but overall a very chocolate-creamy experience, with a coffee backdrop that somehow manages to get itself involved in the sweetness. Dipping in to the beer, the tongue is coated by rich chocolate malt creaminess, fair amounts of black coffee, though none of the bitterness expected from that comes through. Light hints of roast, touches of earthiness and bits of fruits touch upon the palate (raisins, plums, figs). The hops struggle to find themselves amid the sea of chocolate and cream, managing only to add a leafy, green, perhaps lightly herbal note, barely any bitterness. The creaminess keeps the body honest, fighting back the effects of filtration, though the forced carbonation is a bit too stiff. In the end, the chocolate seems to envelope all, and the sweetness overloads the palate. No alcohol noted, medium-full body.
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of coffee, slightly smoky and some light fruitiness. Pours jet black/brown, thin tan head. Flavour is coffee roast, finish is sweet with some bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy, with noticable tingly carbonation. Enjoyable.
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
poured a nice black body with brown and red highlights.not much head.aroma was a nice mix of ground coffee beans,fudge,and roasted malts.flavor was much of the same with a bit of milk and hops thrown in as well.this is a solid porter.
BrockLanders (779) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A cool freebie bottle from the Ballast Point contingent in Boulder. Poured a dark brown with a small tan head. Nose was pretty choco-roasty, a little fruity. Taste is classic roasted malt with appropriate hop bitterness as backup. Initially I didnít notice, but this one has quite a carbonation issue---a bit too much. The hops never quite make a statement in this...a bit too sweet in the end. Not terrible, but I felt disappointed.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Some chocolate, nuttiness in the aroma was unexpected. Had a brown ale smell really. Deep black with bubbly mocha head that never really gets organized. Flavor is better than expected from the smell. I expected this to be thin, but it is thick and roasty with a nice burnt finish and ample coffee and chocolate notes. If anything it is thicker than it needs to be for the style. There is still some nuttiness present though, but the flavor is well integrated and complimentary. Nice brew.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber thanks to Foolish_Mortal. Looks like a glass of real Root Beer.Dark brown with a ring around the glass of fine bubbles. Nose is sweet roasted malts with some flourless chocolate tart
tossed in. It is a little thin but still a good session beer. Has a light,sweet roasty flavor.Not overly smokey which is nice.I had this with supper and it did not overpower my meal.