Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with tan head that fades to a thin layer, leaving good lacing. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, and roasted coffee. Taste is very similar, with all three components making a pretty balanced appearance. Nothing glaringly bad about this at all. Walks the line between porter and stout.
BeerKurve (410) - - JUL 2, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch Black in color with a brown foamy head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and coffee. Flavor is mainly sweet roasted malts, milk chocolate, cocoa and a slight vanilla touch! Aftertaste is a bitter roasted barley flavor. Body is moderate in weight and the carbonation is moderate but it feels just right and brings out the flavor. Overall a great black ale/porter/stout and I expect great things from this brewery in the future.
nellycale (169) - Caledonia, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at bent taproom. Hoppy and warm aroma, with a bit of zest. For a stouty porter, this is a great black ale. Coffee is perfect In the beer. Really good beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Guerde (1137) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
(can) Chanced upon a sixer of this when I went to a random Duluth liquor store in the hopes of finding something new. Saw this and never heard of the brewery so I decided to give it a shot. Pours, well, black with a dark tan head that settles to a thin cap with adequate lacing on the glass. Aroma is pretty standard with the roasted malt, dark chocolate, and dark roasted coffee notes, but there are unique scents interwoven into this olfactory tapestry. Further scents of roasted peanuts and a faint scent that reminds me somewhat of cherry tartness, but Iím not sure if my nose is playing tricks on me. Flavor is less unique, but nothing glaring, again with the even roasted malt shining through coupled with some slightly bitter dark chocolate and faint espresso. Maybe a glimmer of walnut on the finish. The mouthfeel is superb, and it truly lives up to the description as itís not as full as a stout, yet not as thin as most traditional porters; it truly lies somewhere in-between. Overall I had very low expectations for this beer being even remotely good, but trying it was a pleasant surprise.
XmnwildX12 (2077) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had at the 2013 St. Paul Summer Beer Fest, Nice malt and roasty notes, taste is roasted malt , might like it more than cold press, have to try cold press again
auerbrau (3117) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Lake Avenue Cafe - Duluth, MN. Hoppy and warm aroma, with a bit of lime zest. For a stout, this is an okay Black IPA. Seems hoppy and light on the roasted barley. The sweetness level is a little high and the hops get pretty grassy. In the middle of the pack.