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. Iíll stick with imperial stouts.
OldMrCrow (2413) - 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 -- Iíd 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 (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 28, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím 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 thereís 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 (493) - 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. Itís still an awesome beer if you enjoy the style.
BenDover (224) - 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.
gad905 (202) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely but not overpowering vanilla with not as much coffee as expected on the nose. Viscous dark brown pour with thick tan head, fades slowish. Soft sweet caramel and chocolate taste followed by powerful hop and coffee bitterness. Good complexity. Constant but light vanilla presence. Thick palate but you can tell itís a porter not a stout. Cracking beer, defied my expectations of it being super sweet.
IndianaRed (3875) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours black with an extremely dense, lasting, creamy tan head. Seriously it is a mat I could float a quarter on. Big roasty aroma with a lot of coffee. Lots of bitter dark roast and coffee again. Attenuated and sharp. Lingering bitter chocolate and ash. Good, but not quite to the hype.
Doofgoblin (496) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is awesome! All the aggressiveness that I was expecting with lots of coffee and a smooth finish. Still, the thin body on porters is sometime a down side for my personal taste. But in hot weather, I certainly see the appeal. Overall, you should seriously buy this and try it!
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle. Looks like a porter. Not much head. Like Dieu du Ciel, only a porter. And this clearly is an IP, not an IS. Mouthfeel and all. Milder aroma. Mild vanilla. Roast. No booze. Bit of soy sauce. Perfect level of carbonation. Toasty bitterness in the finish. Good stuff.
Benzai (14298) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 13, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled from bottle @ RBBSG II. Opaque pitch black color, small to medium sized light brown head. Smell and taste malts, lightly hops, roasty, bitter, some chocolate. Very bitter and bitter chocolate in the finish. Full body and medium to full carbonation. Great beer!