brokensail (9108) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2010
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
A: The wax was nearly impenetrable, but after finally getting through it, I popped the cap only to have tan foam come climbing out of the bottle. The pour is a dark brown color with an enormous tan/brown head. Infection?
S: My fears are confirmed on the nose. Slightly acidic roasted malts along with coffee and...peaches. Some other sour fruit notes like lemon and green apple, but the amount of peach aroma is quite startling.
T: Itís even worse on the palate. The flavor opens up with broccoli stalks before moving on to the peach flavor. The tartness is subtle, but this is a friggin imperial porter, not an oud bruin. Roasted malts and coffee are still there.
M: The body is light to medium with a high level of carbonation for this style of beer. Most likely a byproduct of the infection.
D: This was just all kinds of bad. I donít have any desire to try this again.
bhensonb (9823) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Pours really dark black brown with a foamy 4 finger light tan head. Lots of foam collapsing- aroma seems very much chocolate. Medium body with frothy/foamy carbonation. Flavor is very bitter chocolate with something dark burnt malt and oak/vanilla. Probably just vanilla, reading the label. Thereís a bit of heat burn on the tongue, but thatís no problem. Sturdy beer. Very highly recommended.
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - must say Iím not a big fan of the wax they used to cap the bottle. Very hard and plastic. Difficult and messy to remove, even with the pull tab provided. Beer poured a very dark brown with cream head. Nose of chocolate and malt. Tasted of chocolate, smoke, and slight alcohol. More carbonated than anticipated. Not a bad porter, but was expecting a little more.
vonderbrink (95) - Concord, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Tap. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. The taste is similar to aroma. Medium bodied.
Sparky (2132) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The nose is roasted nuts, burnt malts, chocolate and coffee. The taste is burnt malt, ashy cocoa and light coffee. Medium mouthfeel. Decent porter.
marcus (5608) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a massive tan head and a chocolate aroma. Once the head subsided, I detected a roasted cocoa flavor with some vanilla and a burnt toast finish.
joet (1990) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
starts off great with full aroma, full head. black liquid tan foam. black licorice, dark toffee aromas and flavors. This is an impressive brew. the body could use a little heft or foam? Iím not quite sure. itís acidic and the pH seems like a gamble. Itís all very good with no serious flaws. Some unidimensionality going on here but very pleasant in that regard. A humble, solid brew. This is a unique and solid brew thatís going to work well with some caramel- or chocolate-containing desserts or even with something liked smoked fish or trout stuffed with fennel.
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Rating #8. Almost black pour with hints of dark amber around the edges and a very light tan head. Lots of chocolate up front in the aroma, seemed a little smokey/ashy as well. Dry and roasty, light sweetness and then a big roast blast that hangs around on the tongue and just the slightest hint of smoke again in the finish, good stuff. (1370)
badlizard (5525) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a thick creamy tan head. Huge rich chocolate aroma. Velvetty palate. Nice rich milk chocolate cocao nibs vanilla and roasted coconut taste. Delicious.
tomthompson89 (1837) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
beer with sammy. nose is ok but notes of some lactic intrusion r there. not sure if it is supposed to be or not. flavor is nice for a porter but then the lactic sourness that is unexpected to me comes through and drops it down a few notches