Cantabrian (914) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 22, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2013 I guess if you do not want to taste too much coffee in a beer, you should stay away from this. Too much coofee on the nose and flavour. Vanila in the aroma, but less prominent on the flavour. Feels like the leftovers of coffee and a porter poured into a glass of bourbon. Nasty. Managed to be the worst beer at the Christchurch Beer Festival.
Kranin (23) - - FEB 21, 2013
4.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Yum! 2011 cellar aged bottle. Excellent balance of coffee & vanilla. Exceptional beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a small light brown head. Aroma of vanilla, toasted nuts, wood, char, dark chocolate and toast. Pretty nice. Flavor is less sweet than this might seems with plenty of dark roasted coffee flavor, vanilla, dirt, dark chocolate, and burnt toast. Finishes with the vanilla becoming initially more pronounced, but then an espresso-like bitterness takes hold. Medium-heavy bodied, moderate alcohol presence, decent mouthfeel (nothing terribly remarkable). Good beer for sure, but I think the bitterness in the finish clashes a bit too much with the initial flavor.
strongpieman (1572) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Overall excellent. High alcohol is not present as result of the flavors and nicely done palate. Strong coffee but the bitterness is softened with vanilla. Full body and smooth.
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma is roast coffee, light chocolate, vanilla. Taste follows suite nicely with aroma with good roasted coffee predominate, some bitterness. Dry with long coffee finish.
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Becoming my favorite porter. A friend brought a gallon growler for a weekend and left half, so I’ll just have to do something with it. Deep, rich aroma and flavor; aroma and flavor include caramel, malts, raisins, Dr. Pepper, coffee, a hint of chocolate, vanilla, some bitterness (I assume from the coffee). Compliments both sweet and salty foods. Works best in a snifter.
shroud0fdoom (150) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This brew smells wonderful. Deep caramel caught me off guard. Big roasted notes with vanilla. Taste to me is a little tainted. There is a huge alcoholic bitterness in mid palate. The mouthfeel makes it dangerous. Very light and tight carbonation. This brew is worthy.
kevinator (1155) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
For porters you don’t get much better than this. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Deep dark color with medium brown head. Nice mouthfeel of medium weight. Carbonation was just right. Great roasted malt flavor with coffee being more dominant than the vanilla. Well rounded with a mild hops bitterness. Greatness.
Fritz123 (1266) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2013 Wow! Great draft 12 oz. Pour with thin head and good lacing. Smell of cocoa, coffee and vanilla. Smells of a chocolate factory. Tastes similar. Overwhelming taste of coffee and vanilla with an ultimate smoothness. It’s like when you would make chocolate milk with whole milk and Nesquick.
Atom (1621) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle pours a dark black/brown with a medium tan head. Well rounded aroma of chocolate, vanilla, molasses, and coffee. Taste of tons of vanilla, chocolate, and coffee. Has a sharp bitterness in the middle maybe a mix from the alcohol and hops. Very nice!