KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a perfect, Norwegian winter at 3 am black with an aroma of roasted chocolate nuts and roasted nuts and roasted chocolate with a hint of pumpernickel in the background. Flavor is coffee ground chocolate with bits of roasted chocolate in the finish. Coffee finish bigtime. Palate is slightly above average. Not sure where the pumpernickel fits in other than a hint in the nose, but whatever. Good beer.
Guerde (1204) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Pours an inky jet black color with a medium dark tan head that retains well. This beer just looks thick, and when I hold it up in the light, none shows through this beer. Aroma has hints of raisin, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, espresso, and as it warms it does get bready with an ample amount of rye. The taste isn’t complex, but it doesn’t need to be, with predominant flavors of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and smoke. Everything’s heavily roasted here, but it never passes over the threshold to astringency. The mouthfeel is quite thick and smooth, and is coupled with a very enjoyable finish of baked bread. This flavor is so strong it tastes as if I’ve taken a bite of some fresh pumpernickel. This finish lasts for some time. This is a really good beer, and it reminds me of Dark Horse Special Reserve Black Bier with some bread added. Too bad it isn’t available in six packs, as this would be a great beer to drink throughout the winter.
aracauna (3187) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is on the thinner side, but creamy and long lasting. The aroma is rich with roasty mocha and a little bit of anise, perhaps caraway. The only drawback is a slight harshness in the finish. Good beer, though.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of beerguy101: pours pretty black with gigantic dense light brown head. Nose was spicy like caraway seeds with a light background of pumperknickle, roasted grains, and thick maltiness of unknown persuasions. Flavors upon a very thick body exhibit those dark pumperknickle notes well. Some chocolate and caramel too. I really like the thickness and the dark eccentric flavor profile here...a bit hot, but in a nice relaxing way...I like, a lot.
andersand (529) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a very dark brown creamy head. Aroma is of dark bread, burnt and roasted. Flavour is dark bread, raisins and other dark fruit, roasted malt and lots of liqourice. Has a Nögne Ö "house character" that works well in this beer. Body is smooth with slightly sharp carbonation. Another solid one from Beer Here.
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
16.9 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out an onyx black body with a thick, creamy-looking, tan-toned head. Smattering of tan lacing on the way down.
Smell: Dark, roasty with notes of dark bread and spice (which become more fragrant as it warms), with supporting, background hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Dark this, dark that.
Taste: Largely roasty beginning with sweet tastes of toasted bread, almond sugar, and melty bittersweet dark chocolate soon following down the line. The rye delivers a piquant spiciness, as does the, well, spices. Dark fruitiness tasting of prune juice lurking within. Most of the bitterness seems to have been gleaned from the roasted, burnt malts. After the bitterness passes, a sweet, rich taste of chocolate ganache settles on the tongue and lasts well beyond the supposed finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium-low carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel all around.
Drinkability: Rich, roasty, and enjoyable without anymore alcohol than needed (or wanted, really). Given a couple minutes to warm, it does indeed settle into a fair taste of pumpernickel. Happy to have Beer Here available in the Great State of Georgia and I’m looking forward to trying a bottle or two of that Dark Hops I also saw available at Hop City.
cgarvieuk (16191) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home .... thanks to Jeppe for this one ... deep black .. thin tan head ... sweet soft chocolate roast ... dark malts ... little chcocolate ... little nutmeg ... almost pumpkin ... little toffee ... over spiced
anders37 (18587) - Malmö, SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small longlasting tan head. Has a roasted malty spicy chocolate and bready aroma with some hints of coffee. Roasted malty spicy chocolate flavor. Has a warming roasted malty spicy chocolate finish with some bitterness in the aftertaste.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL bottle poured into a tulip.
Pours completely black, opaque, with no light coming through anywhere. There’s a small but thick tan head that shows very good retention and some delicate lacing.
The aroma has a healthy dose of roasted black malts and a noticeable licorice and molasses presence. The spices are present but certainly not dominant.
The taste starts off much like the aroma with a thick, slightly charred black malt backbone supporting some molasses and dark fruit sweetness. The spices are much more present in the taste, especially in the finish where there a tingly spice presence lingering after each sip.
The mouthfeel is full bodied and extremely viscous with soft carbonation and pretty thick on the palate overall.
I enjoyed this beer quite a bit as I think the pumpernickel really brings some complexity to the flavor and mixes well with the heavy roasted malts from the porter. Very unique.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. The body is an extremely dark mahogany color, almost black, with a thick and lasting head of smooth, brownish-mocha foam. A dense wash goes over the glass with each sip, slowly breaking apart into fat spots that dribble their way back towards the surface. The nose is complex and robust, striking an excellent balance between toasty dark bread, sweet dark fruit, dry cocoa roast, and bitter, earthen hops. Hints of smoky molasses creep in, as do faint notes of licorice and coffee. It’s really quite a nice smelling beer. Flavors are similarly balanced, though perhaps not quite as complex. The rich cocoa, burnt caramel, and figgy fruit show ample sweetness to counter the roastiness of the dark bread and the earthy, peppery hops. It’s smokier than the nose would indicate, with the molasses coming through nicely, but there’s a touch of saltiness that I don’t really care for. The coffee element intensifies on the finish. Medium-plus in body and initially creamy, the palate shows a drying chalkiness on the back end. Overall, this is a damn fine porter. A few tweaks here and there would set this one near the top of the genre.