apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown, very small fizzy head which quickly dissipates. Sweet, lightly roasted, malty and alcoholic aroma, very pleasing. Coffee and fruit, ending with chocolate sweetness; very little bitterness. Starts out nice on the palate but the body quickly thins out. Very drinkable..
Angelmonster (140) - Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a big finger of beige head. Body is a very dark brown with red highlights. Head retention was decent and lacing was minimal.
Predominate smell is of dark fruits. Plums, figs, raisins and prunes. Caramel and roasted malts are also present. There is also a lingering hint of smokiness similar to a scotch ale at the end. Hops are not present at all and alcohol is very faint.
Taste is pretty sweet, almost syrupy. Caramel, dulce de leche, smoky burnt malts are the first flavors that come through. Dried fruits like fig, prune, and plum are there as foretold in the smell. Some earthy hops are very faint in the background and for 9 percent abv, alcohol is well hidden.
Palate is medium bodied, slightly syrupy. Carbonation levels are good but head doesnt contribute much to the feel. For such a strong dark ale it wasnt as heavy as some baltic porters, which has its pros and cons.
Overall a good beer. Drinkability was very good, especially for such a strong beer. Not too heavy or filling, this beer can potentially become dangerous. Good flavors and reasonably priced, would definitely buy this one again
oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - APR 22, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark brown with a ruby tint and a brown head.
Has aroma of fruit and liquorice. With flavors of sweet malt, chocolate, and toffee.Very silky palate.
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
WOW alcohol screams in an loud voice "Iím here" ! Dark mohogany color with a off-white tannish head. Licorice notes mingle with malt and a slightly astringent note (possibly alcohol) Great price, but I probably will not buy again.
littlecarp (135) - Redding, California, USA - DEC 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nice dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is musty, earthy with some molasses. Flavor is pretty sweet. Alcohol is prominent but not as much as it could be. Fruity after a while. Finish has the good earth tones. It is a little thick on the tongue halfway down the glass, but not bad. Itís probably not one that Iíll pick up again, but I wouldnít be opposed to drinking it.
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Head dissipated quickly with a dark black color. Carbonation is perfect for a porter. Just enough to add to the mild smooth taste. Has a very fine sweetness in the middle. Can taste a molasses in the middle. Very little if any IBUs detected. Almost a cola taste at the finish. Not sure if this can age well but going to try!!
jackamackson (127) - USA - FEB 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours black/brown with a little bit of a tan head. aroma is roasty coffee, some alcohol. tastes kind of tart. very roasty and a litle raisiny. pretty good mouthfeel, a little bit syrupy. good, but i probably wont go out of my way to buy it again
BeerNeedy (126) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 1 pint nine fluid oz bottle. Nice deep reddish brown color and very clear. The aroma is of licorice and very pleasant. The taste is a bit cloying but not in a bad way. Reminds me of a chocolate liquor almost. Heavy alcohol note although not distracting. Overall a nice porter that will go into the occasional rotation.
PolishHammer (124) - Norwalk, Connecticut, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown, almost black. Strong chocolate and coffee notes. Alcohol flavor hidden very well. A very sweet tasting porter, with a lot of unfermented sugars. Somewhat buttery. IIt feels like 9.4 ABV after you drink one! Overall, a very tasty, sweet porter, with not much bitterness.
Icommonsewer (124) - TUCSON, Arizona, USA - AUG 28, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 this is a truly excellent Porter that has a wonerful smokey character yet goes down smooth and is very pleasing to the palate