Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - DEC 3, 2011
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 Simply one of the best out there. As expected the nose is dominated by fresh roasted coffee, a dash of herb-like woodiness and the subtle presence of vanilla. Pours black with some brown hues if held to the light. Off-white foam bordering on a light tan. Taste matches the aromas. Up front there is a lively dose of roasted coffee with a dash of chocolate. The coffee really livens up your palate. The finish is full of dark chocolates and earthy hops which balance this beer nicely. Feels like a porter should on the palate. Full bodied but not syrupy, nice carbonation. Get your hands on this, it is amazing. One of my favorite beers.
Blairgus (2561) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 dec 2011, bottle. Black and clear. It is a black coffee with some sweet element that I wouldn’t have said vanilla without reading the bottle. Med creamy body and moderately fizzy. Much sweeter to taste. Definite vanilla notes. Biggest flavour is certainly black coffee but the vanilla and a bourbon cask certainly sweeten the coffee bitterness. Really nice
alobar (2730) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black color with a soapy tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and vanilla. Coffee flavor upfront with a sweet vanilla ending. Very nice porter with a great body!
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Skyview V, 11/11/11. Courtesy of Footbalm. Black color with a small head. Aroma of vanilla and coffee. Sweet vanilla and sugar flavor. Malty and chocolatey.
deyholla (6504) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Sean. Pours a dark brown with a brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of coffee notes with some roasted malts and dark grain. Flavor begins full of coffee with roasted malts and a hint of sweet chocOlate.
jcos (1522) - Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location/Date: November 2011 ratings catchup, split bottle with Dave.
Appearance: Pours opaque black with red head.
Aroma: Aroma of coffee, sweet and maltiness.
Taste: Similar to aroma, coffee, malt, some bitterness, sweet.
Palate: Medium body.
Summary: I really like porters, and really enjoyed this beer. Thanks Dave!
arondee (545) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark chocolate black with a nice brown head. Aroma is intense coffee, dark chocolate, and roasted barley. The taste is thick and rich, alcoholic, very strong for a porter. Very good.
grimreaperguru (233) - santee, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black color with a short lived dark brown head.The aroma was of roasted malt,coffee,cocoa and vanilla.The flavor was of roasted malt,coffee with vanilla.The body was full with a bitter coffee aftertaste.Overall a very good beer from Ballast point.
A2kenCdaisyC (50) - Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a beauty! Pours very dark with a light brown head with nice retention.
Lacing all the way down as you sip and savor.....balancing rich coffee,creamy vanilla and BIG porter roastiness. Finishes earthy, resinous hops, and mildly sweet and ashen. Imperial indeed!
ryanfolty (1831) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2012 Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Dark brown pour, roasted chocolate and coffee, some bourbon and vanilla as well.
December 21, 2012 - got a bottle from Joe. Dark brown pour with nice head that lasted. Moved appearance to a 5, but kept everything else the same. The alcohol is present, just not the bourbon I mentioned in my initial rating.