mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap @ HDG. Hazy brown in color with a little off white head. Malty roasty aroma. Roasty coffee like notes. Hoppy floral spicy notes. Roasty caramel chocolatety hoppy flavor. Finish is bittersweet chocolate. Full bodied. Very drinkable.
notalush (4839) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 30, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Hop Devil - hazy ruby, brownish beer - very wit-like aroma, with orange peel, coriander, lemon zest - behind this there are some porter-like, cocoa notes - on interesting combination that really works - the flavor is much less so - it tastes a lot like a porter with slight herbal and floral character - it’s actually a nice combination, just not as interesting as the aroma suggests - the bitterness is more herbal than hoppy, which reminds you that you aren’t drinking a porter - pretty nice, actually, and just different enough to be memorable.
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Hop Devil Grill. Deep brown/dark amber beer with a thin white head. Aroma is quite spicy, coriander and clove with a soft toasted wheat flavour as well. Light lemon and a bit of milk chocolate. Wheaty and spicy with a nice full-bodied character. A kiss of tartness on the back. I liked this quite a bit.
puzzl (3249) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First rating. Witbeer? Are you kidding? Blackest wit I ever drank (and this was as dark as an English porter), with almost no Belgian characteristics. Pours with a nice head, though not too creamy. Aroma is big on roast and dry, wheaty malts. Flavor is much like a porter, roasty with a light lactic bite, subtle hop character. Palate is a touch too lively and hard. I’d bet most people drinking this blind would call it a porter or an oatmeal stout.