kambei70 (958) - - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bomber to a tulip glass. Pours virtually black with a foamy off-white head. Aroma is coffee and mocha and vanilla. Taste is dark roasted coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, some nuttiness and a bold grassy hop bitterness at the end. Some alcohol present as well. Full, luscious mouthfeel that has a bit of a dry quality due to the bitterness.
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HighlanderOne (1234) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from big bottle. Number 900!!! Coffee, nut, malt and vanilla in aroma. Definitely porter - solid black, thin tan head. Coffee flavor definitely there, but not overpowering. Also flavors of nut, licorice, dry cocoa, vanilla, brownie edges, grassy hops. A bit of alcohol in the back. Very earthy aftertaste. I’m not a coffee lover, but have to admire this one. Well done.
VsXsV (3932) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. I enjoyed the this spl beer at pub with pretty lady. It has glorious black body like sexy lady. I have several of this drink but like anyway. Chocolate and vanilla smell like nice spl lady.
jeremyh70 (1061) - Missouri, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque brown color with a finger of tan head with good lacing. Aroma of vanilla and mocha with some coffee. Taste is vanilla and mocha with a dark rich coffee flavor and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with medium carbonation. Very good mocha flavor. Really liked.
jahshuwuh (564) - USA - AUG 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark almost black, a little bit of off white head. Smells of tobacco, coffee grounds, cocoa, mocha, vanilla. Big mocha taste, black coffee, vanilla in the distance. Some hop bitter at the end and a little spice. Good big porter.
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sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Strong flavors in this one. A mild sweetness gives way to huge roasted flavors and a strong bitter aftertaste that sticks with you. The roasting was too heavy for my tastes (seemed burned) and the bitter finish was disagreeable to my palate. I’ll stick with imperial stouts.
OldMrCrow (2406) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from QFC University Village.
Seems strange to be in Santa Barbara yesterday and then buy Ballast Point today, but what a delight that they are now available in Seattle. A vigorous pour into my duvel tulip yields an inky black topped with a vigorous brown head. Nose of vanilla and cocoa, light touch of ash and chocolate cake, the vinous notes of a porter rather than a stout. Intense, intense flavors: black coffee and vanilla, mocha midrange, the vinousness from the aroma, bitter coffee and very very late a mint tic-tac close. A hint of soy sauce as it warms to room temperature. Alcohol is well hidden -- I’d have guessed 8% rather than 10%, full but not thick in body, a bit of warmth late. Extremely nice beer and an interesting switch-up from the imperial stouts I drink more commonly. This could even go 4.2 with a 17 overall.
Aurelius (5071) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m on the 4-5 borderline for appearance - very good label (a bit too cluttered), great graphic, great cap and company logo, standard 22-oz US bomber. 10w-40 (after 20k miles) pour, big tan head. Initially the aroma is green olives and plums - after breathing, it turns sweet there’s a nice roast and an almost hazelnut tone - cafe au lait, bittersweet choco - mmm. Up front, the bittersweet chocolate hits you like a bag full of nickels, followed by a modest sweetness, and trailing off with a coffee/roast bitterness. Nicely played. Slightly heavy medium body. Warming, roast and dark choco finish, with a little pepper. The only slight quibble I had was the leading edge of the aroma, but this is an exceptional beer with no major flaws. New Leaf Market - cheaper than anyplace else in town.
minihame2 (466) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2015 Black pour, small tan head. Aroma is rich, roasted coffee, vanilla and some malts. Taste is strong and the roastiness especially dominates it. Rounds out toward some bitterness in the end. The coffee taste lingers for quite a while Mouthfeel is rich and silky smooth. It’s still an awesome beer if you enjoy the style.
BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a half inch of very fine, dense tan/brown foam. Aroma is of roasted malts and coffee, maybe a hint of vanilla. Taste is very roasty and sweet -- coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Mouthfeel is rather thick and creamy. Best porter I have ever had.