kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - JUL 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep and dark but not opaquely brown with a lasting, medium sized tan head. Initial aromas of coffee and earthy hops. Vanilla is distinct, but in the background; also some light tinges of alcohol. It also has some caramelly and brown sugar aromas with a touch of espresso and burnt character. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel and flavor up front, which leads to a dry and roasted, almost burnt flavor at the finish and aftertaste, but it is restrained from being overly acrid. Toasted and roasted flavor with caramel and vanilla mid palate. Very clean fermentatoin for the most part. A touch of dark fruit character from a bit of age, not from the fermentation process. The finish is dry from the combination of perceived bitterness and dark malt character. The mouthfeel starts out smooth and creamy, but finishes on the dry side from malts and alcohol, which is very well hidden. Fuller medium body; lower medium level of carbonation. Overall a very, very well made beer! The vanilla and coffee compliment the base beer, rather than overwhelm it. I wish I had more than one bottle, and I should have saved this one to share with others...
SlovakSniper (3229) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Souvent croisé sur mon chemin. Cette fois-ci, en bouteille de 12 onces. Un porter qui devient presque noir une fois bien installé dans mon verre. La mousse brune a un certain panache. Une dentelle se déroule entièrement. Le nez intense de chocolat, de café et de vanille laisse aussi voir du caramel, de la mélasse, des noix et de la guimauve légèrement brûlée. En bouche, le café amer très fort fabrique des notes pimentées. Le chocolat noir assure une amertume de haut calibre. La vanille vient détendre les impressions de torréfaction et de charbon de bois. L’alcool est complètement caché. Les houblons contribuent, avec le café, à la contention des sucres maltés. En bouche, le liquide montre un corps rond. Le pétillement, ajusté vers le haut, participe à la gestion de la buvabilité. La texture est crémeuse et soyeuse. En finale, les houblons résineux se chamaillent avec un café qui souhaite établir sa suprématie. Complètement délicieux. J’aime beaucoup. Je dirais même plus, j’aime trop. Ce truc complètement robuste, complexe et cohésif est si facile à boire.
Tstamba (346) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Taster... Dark brown pour with off white foamy head... Strong coffee aroma... Flavors of a Starbucks iced coffee... Very nice !!!
stevoj (2240) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, just wow. Black gold. Chocolate and coffee,slick and oily. Campfire, burnt toast and coffee. Molasses, yum....
AdiBeer (1358) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: intense coffee, vanilla, some chocolate and cacao. Appearance: black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: vanilla ice cream coming up, sweets intensify, coffee, dark chocolate, toasted malts, very light bitters in the long finish. Overall: incredibly nice Imperial Porter, not too strong, very subtle, extremely complex. Pint at Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego.
Lizardking3 (110) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful dark ruby black, dark tan head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla. Taste is massive coffee and creamy vanilla, with lots of chocolate as well once the temp warms up. Very very good.
Christpuncher (1245) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
wowzas, this is a very strong coffee flavored porter. you can taste teh coffee grounds in this one. finished with a bitter coffee flavor. slight chocolate notes to the nose. had a draft pour at world of beer. pours black with a thick tan head.
robbienate (113) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Holy Java! I can taste the coffee in my colon! It’s like a coffee enema. It’s like Starbucks and Anna Nicole Smith rolled into one. Coffee aroma and flavor was off the hook. When it came to the flavor it was chocolate too. This Black beer didn’t have much head after being drawn from O’Brien’s but I didn’t hold that against it. What a great beer. Wonderful. Is this considered Baltic Porter or does Porter cover it.... Anyway, what a great beer! Did I already say that? Huh must be the 12%... I asked the server for cream and sugar and a cardboard sleeve. I guess I will be here instead of Starbucks tomorrow morning. What a great Beer.
thorongil2 (1277) - , Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) clear very dark brown colour with a tall brown head; aroma of coffee; balanced flavour with a long medium bitter finish
MotherBrother (728) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pour pitch black, with a small Khaki head.
Aroma has tons of coffee, plenty and plenty of vanilla, some roast, bitter choco, cacao powder. Jeez this is slick.
Taste is actually somewhat dry, with very slight sweetness, and a heavy dose of bitterness.
Medium n’ sticky body, with a fizzy (to the style) carb. Ye!!!
brenn79 (1545) - Idaho, USA - OCT 6, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2014 22 oz bottle, couldn’t find a date, but i purchased it about 13 months ago- Pours black with a thin mocha colored head. Aroma is roasted coffee, nice espresso beans, vanilla and roasted malts. The taste is velvety smooth, coffee and vanilla really shine, roasty and delicious, bone dry finish which is interesting. Body is full and carbonation is medium. I was expecting to give this lower than the average, 100/100 is almost unheard of, but this is quite good. Just casually looking at the bottle I noticed a enjoy by date on the bottom of the label, it says 01/02/14, how does a beer of this caliber even have a expiration date? 10 months expired and it tastes fantastic, I don’t understand how they date beer sometimes.