GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - MAR 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up at StateLine... Nice pour. Black with a nice mocha colored head. Nose is, spices, roasted malts and a little coffee. Great texture, creamy smooth. Slides right over the tounge right down hatch. Taste is spices but not dominating, roasted malts, and coffee. Very stout like. On the thicker side but really smooth....Overall a great porter
eaglefan538 (3032) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 28, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Daggone, I feel guilty about raiting this as high as a 4.6, but the numbers don’t lie... LOL.... On the trainer for the first period of this olympic GOLD game, stress carried on despite this, and in the second period when I opted for a bio-chemical approach to the intensity, since I "needed a beer here," I suppose the label caught my attention. Been sitting on this for a while now. Bottle from SL. Freaking great pour, big huge head, slowly developing, but then it just kept on coming and coming. Choco colored on top of a great big dark brown-black body, intense looking. Aroma was strong full roast, chocolate, minty styrofoam hops. The flavor was big and bold, yet totally smooth, all the aroma elements mixed in, I guess pumpernickel was in there too, but heck, I’d certainly not be able to place that if it didn’t read that on the label. The mouthfeel may have been the best, dry finish to a smooth and silky body, just hearty, feeling almost like an oatmeal stout, rich, great, highly drinkable. Fantastic stuff! If it was rare and available by hand-bottle international trading only, this would be up there!!!!! GO, USA!!!!!! (Stress still high!)
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is, indeed, pumpernickel, but with an interesting eucalyptus or spearmint note to it. Flavor is pretty similar with a medium thick mouthfeel and a lingering pumpernickel aftertaste. Pretty nice.
hopscotch (10651) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Pours dark brown (almost black) with a small, creamy, beige head. Fantastic retention. The aroma provides dark chocolate, anise, Russian black bread and dark spices. Full-bodied with a chewy mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Sweet, spicy, roasted flavor. Chocolaty-sweet finish.
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, tasted in December 2009. Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head, good condition. Roasty aroma. Lots of bitter chocolate in the flavour. Rich but eminently drinkable. Mouthfeel is not too fat or oily, making for a very drinkable brew. The pumpernickel didn’t seem to make a huge contribution.
BelgiskOlklub (1052) - Viby J, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2011 Draft at Fa!rBar. Huge deep brown creamy lasting head with good lacing. Thick dark brown body. Aroma of burnt malt, brown sugar and coffee. Heavy sweet, light bitter and a bit sour. Thick sticky and oily texture. Short bitter finish. A nice beer from Beer Here where the hops are not to dominating.
robertjm (853) - Albany, California, USA - FEB 15, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pops a dark saddle tan colored head. Fairly large with medium sized bubbles. Lots of carbonation, including bubbles sticking to the side of the glass. Dark brown body. Pleasant aroma of chocolate malts (chocolate, coconut, caramel). While the rye isn’t present in the aroma you definately get the rye twang in the flavor. Takes the porter to a level somewhere between porter and stout. Full bodied, leaving a little lace on the side of the glass. Bitterness stays on palate for quite a bit. For those that like rye, definately give this one a try!!
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16.9 oz. bottle. Seemed a lot bigger of a bottle than that. I shouldn’t have gotten carried away with the head. Now I have a 2 inch head sitting on top on my beer. Nice off-white/light chocolate head. Slight viscous pour, and a black body to along with that. Damn nice looking stout. Ok, that head isn’t going anywhere. It is like a naked woman standing in front of you, and yet, you can’t do anything but watch the beauty i.e. I can’t drink it with all that beautiful head sitting there. Big pumpernickel aroma. Smells like I am about to indulge in some good pretzels. Light spices are accompanying the pumpernickel. Slight sweet chocolate and rye-like aromas coming from this. A different twist on the porter I must say. Reminds me a little of the peat-like qualities of BrewDog beers, but I realize that this is the pumpernickel. Strong rye and pumpernickel at first. Nice bittering flavor then that is followed by a subtle roast. Sharp rye/pumpernickel flavor are just sitting on my taste buds, and don’t seem to want to go anywhere. A smooth porter, but nothing spectacular. I appreciate the pumpernickel, but feel it is slightly overpowering. I wanted to see more of the roast, and spice, but couldn’t because of that damn pumpernickel. Hell, they did warn me on the label. I guess I was an idiot.
Bov (12007) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
courtesy of Antonio Ruiz - dark black coloured with a firm and long lasting dark beige foam; nice lacework; a fair roasted coffee aroma with notes of walnut and vanilla; creamy, velvety mouthfeel; full-bodied and fairly bitter; very long roasted coffeish aftertaste with lingering chocolatey notes - delicious
illidurit (2286) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Dark opaque brown with an insanely creamy head that looks like coffee foam. Epic retention and lacing. Aromas of milk and dark chocolates, rye, fresh dark bread, iced coffee. A touch of smoke and roast. Flavor is deep dark chocolate, medium roastiness and bitterness, faint berry note, light spicy acidic rye note, licorice. Mouthfeel is unparalleled. The beer is very rich and heavy but it just glides over the palate with exactly the right amount of carbonation (low and restrained). Really a joy to drink.