ESATIKKFAN (18) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 12, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Sweet caramel taste going down with roasted coffee notes that linger on the tongue.
tillmac62 (237) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours dark as a starless night with an excellent massive head. Lacing and retention are also excellent. Nice nose of sweet dark chocolate over coffee with strong vanilla notes. Medium body with a slick texture that has creamy aspects, but is not quite there. Above average carbonation with effervescence present from the middle on. The flavor profile is simply a masterpiece - intense, complex and balanced. It begins with a rush of sweet dark chocolate that highlights the vanilla aspects but also has a distinctive caramel presence. As the sweetness fades, coffee becomes evident and the vanilla becomes more note like and the caramel is most noted. The middle is the only detection of roast I encountered, and it is buttressed by hop flavor (rind like) and bitterness. A combination of alcohol, hops and coffee yield a nice puckering effect. The finish is quite smooth and lingers with an abundance of all the previous flavors. It is the most complex finish I’ve had the privilege to experience. The finish is where the 10% alcohol becomes evident as a very slight nice burn at the back of the throat. This one is World Class, the best porter I’ve ever had and it’s rating is second to only FBS. IMHO, this is the best porter in the world.
BOSSbrewer (1898) - Arkansas, USA - NOV 18, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at Ballast Point Tasting Room. Pours dark black with a thin tan head. Aroma is all coffee with some roast. Flavor is dark espresso roast. Finishes sticky on the mouth. Really nice beer. Holy cow.
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BeerGolem (696) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 660 ml. Pitch black with tiny beige head. Aroma: amazing vanilla touch, coffee, chocolate, nuts, malt and a tad of alcohol. Awesome mix, but the taste is even more impressive. Robust beer, full bodied. Pleasant warming feeling. Among the best in the style.
Maisteri (1) - FINLAND - NOV 18, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nische (861) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, almost black, colour with a large brown head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and liquorice. Same taste. Full bodied.
merc7186 (2200) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate
Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes Almost No Light, Brown Head Ring, Some Lacing
Taste: Burnt Coffee, Dark Chocolate, Mild Vanilla
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Drying
scotchzombie (357) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a massive foamy and noisy tan head. Aroma is lightly toasted grains and a touch of cocoa. Taste is wow! Vanilla, roasted chocolate and coffee. Truly wonderful. Made quite an impression.
Kavu (2346) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
0,65l bottle @ Pikkulintu. Pours very dark brown with a low tan head. Aroma is roasted malts and coffee with a hint of vanilla. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol and hops. Wow! Exquisite!
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma was very light; coffee, toasted malt, and just a tiny bit of vanilla. Flavor is 10x stronger than aroma, very bold coffee notes and rich dark chocolate with a bit of vanilla at the end.
proxident (3) - SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma is vanilla, coffee. Black appearance with a dark brown heading. Kind of bitter-ish taste with a heavy oily body. Soft to medium carbonated.
Overall a really good looking and tasting beer.