talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 What a gusher. Pours nearly black with a full, foamy, frothy, tan head which is mostly diminishing but leaves a very small layer and some frothy lace. Nose is very pleasant with some dark chocolates German chocolate cake, restrained Columbian coffee, toasted almonds, hints of charred wood, and buttery dark breads. Flavor starts nice with similar notes, chocolate cake, toasted almonds, buttery dark breads, lightly spicy notes, hints of coffee and smoke, but also a light buttermilk note. Palate is creamy, medium, and soft to lively. Finishes with chocolate cake, buttery dark breads, and some moderately low bitterness and spice from the hops. The beer has so many pleasant things going on but the buttermilk note in the flavor is a bit offputting. It is hard for me to say the buttermilk notes were insignificant, but everything else was so wonderful that the beer still leaves me liking it. I don’t know if this is a new brewery I have never had yet or some offshoot of Nogne, but I am interested to see what else they put out.
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking porter with a frothy head. Smoky aroma. Roasted flavor and a bit smoky and buttery. Pumpernickel (how do they do that?). Background hops compliment nicely. So very well done. I might have never had a better and more interesting porter.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle at K&L. Very dark brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is a rich mix of creamy chocolate and spices. The flavor has plenty of rich, chocolately malt with enough spice and bitterness to balance the finish nicely. Great malt flavors with a lot of depth and balance, adding sweet and spicy bread to the more roasty and chocolately flavors that you expect in a porter. Medium-full bodied with silky carbonation. Very impressive beer.
Aubrey (3432) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ashy tan head is big and tightly packed above a murky darkness. Nose has nuts, chocolate and creamed espresso. Thick, chewy texture. Nutty, musty and curiously spicy. Lingering tar. Snappy bitterness with bitter bread crust. Sweet cream, sour milk and soy milk made for some odd layers.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Black, firm tanned head leaving tight lace. Hint of sourness and glue on the nose, spiciness, dark cocoa, gingerbread. Flavor has very nice mellow dark chocolate & coffee, coal, little licorice. Long roasty finish with cardamon. Dry and burned, but still extremely balanced. Medium to full bodied, silky soft carbonation. A great porter, love those spices
Ernest (6216) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is nearly opaque black, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate), with notes of vanilla, cassis, cedar.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy/oily texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Looks great and smells fairly good, but it’s got a strong sour twang that doesn’t seem right. Kinda fun to sniff and look at, but I couldn’t bring myself to drink much.
marcus (6489) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This black ale poured with a massive tan head and a dark bread and plum aroma. There is a creamy treacle and licorice flavor with some coffee and a little chocolate. Very delicious.
Maria (10143) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s black with a huge, creamy and nougat colored head. The aroma has notes of hart roasted malt, chocolate, rubber, licorice and fennel. The flavor is slightly sweet with notes of hard roasted malt, chocolate, rye bread, licorice and fennel. In some ways I find it a bit difficult to describe/pin point, but nice it is.
Aquilo (541) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma is intriguing. There are the usual roasty malts, chocolate, dried fruit, and then there is a sharp grainy aroma that I can only assume comes from the rye. Flavor is very mellow and balanced. Chocolate, coffee, rye. Very smooth, velvety finish. Delightful.
drfabulous (3982) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Some chocolate. Roast. Not an intense heavy body, but a nice malty, toasty porter. A bit of pumpernickel bread in it too!