Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Rating #3000) Black colored with little light brown head. Rich chocolaty aroma with natural cocoa note, some herbal spicy tone also here. Medium bodied. Flavor is also soft with roastiness dominating, some caramel and chocolate also here. Aftertaste is sweet still with some peppery tone.
bhensonb (11528) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large dark tan head. Lots of dark roast malt, chocolate and coffee for aroma. Medium plus body with almost creamy carbonation. Flavor is dark malt with coffee and chocolate. Rather smooth. Overall the flavor is quite nice.
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasty malt, light coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, anise, tobacco, and a little hop.
HenrikSoegaard (10786) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes. Light sweet powerfull moderate bitter flavor. Strong chocolate and vanilla notes again. Long wonderfull finish. Not superpowerfull. Excellent creamy palate.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - NOV 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is unlike any Porter I’ve ever had. Pours a black motor-oil consistency with brown head. No light can pass through this. Aroma of a freshly cut pumpernickel loaf. Hay and chocolate - the nose on this one is unlike any nose I’ve ever had in beer. Hard to explain - slightly like Vietnamese Coffee, and slightly like licorice - but its not overpowering like some licorice notes in beer. This is the same note that would be in black or red licorice.
SSSteve (3831) - - NOV 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. black with large, creamy tan head. creamy palate with a full body. dried grass, hay, and chocolate flavors. weird. good.
ricke (476) - Malme, SWEDEN - NOV 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 Bottle.
The pour is basically black with a beige creamy head that leaves nice lacings.
The smell is spicy with distinct notes of anise and fennels. Dense roasted malts. Hints of licorice, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Unfortunately, I also pick up aromas reminiscent of watercolor.
The taste is better than the smell, not as spicy but not with the notes of watercolor either. It’s rather sweet with notes of mild roasted malts, fennels, anise, coffee and powdered chocolate. The finish is mildly bitter with some juicy malts, hints of hops and rustic bready spices. It also develops nicely in the glass as it seems to come together better after a while.
It’s full bodied and has a smooth creamy texture.
All in all, an interesting stout with lots of character. However, slightly too spicy to be really good.
dmac (4213) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
16.9 oz bottle from EZ. Poured a dark oily black body with a large thick and fluffy mocha brown head that didn’t leave lace but simply left wakes of head clinging to the side of the glass. Aroma was soy sauce, chocolate, rye, cola and spice. The body is spot on, full mouthfeel that starts off creamy but changes over to more of an oily slickness as it slides down your throat, light carboantion. The flavor was soy, chocolate, rye pumpernickel bread, grassy hops on the aftertaste. Very solid and I’m glad this one didn’t get lumped into the spice/herb/vegtable style because of the rye and spice additions.
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 6, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured very black, creamy, roasted malts, dark bread, licorice, molasses, slight hops.
cab (866) - DENMARK - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.50cl. Nice looking head but dosent last for long, very big aroma, nice burnt notes with a hint of fresh wood. the taste is not that big, IMO.