AZBennett (114) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a thin looking brown with a small tan head that disappears quickly. The nose is cocoa, cream and metal (yeah I know its what I smell). Taste is vanilla, chocolate, cola, and black cherries. The body is heavier than it looks though it has slight medicinal tingle factor that is present. Overall this is a slightly above average Imp. Porter. It suffers in the appearance and flavor departments with strange characteristics that I attempted to quantify. I wouldn’t pass this up if it were opened at a tasting, but I wouldn’t seek it out if there were other options.
rdixon77 (1975) - Georgia, USA - APR 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice big porter. Vanilla dominates and almost gives it a weird coconut aroma. Plenty of chocolate. A mild bitterness. Solid.
altonbrownd (5111) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Wine Specialist. Dark brown body with thin tan head. Nose is malts, caramel, dark berries, vanilla, floral notes. Taste is malts, spices, milky, licorice, caramel. Creamy texture. Sweet finish.
kyzr (1312) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - DEC 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with smallish brown head. Nutty roasted malt nose. Flavor is nice with coffee and hints of chocolate. Roasted malt and nutty finish.
Beerandhockey8 (321) - Three Forks, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 22oz bottle to snifter. Pour is a nice black color, thick tan head. Nose is chocolate, malt, vanilla. Taste is sweet, bitterness coming through.
DuffMan (8822) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Very dark brown, copper highlights. Sweet cocoa and vanilla, quite full bodied, sweet with a moderately bitter finish. Nice.
andrewje41 (2407) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured and split. Pours a near black with a tan ring head. Big vanilla bean aroma. Rich malt, cinnamon, chocolate, and vanilla. Like German chocolate cake. A little coconut. Tasty porter for sure.
slowrunner77 (8999) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The rich vanilla definitely makes this nice, though there are faults in the base beer. Still easily the best black diamond I’ve ever had. Medium bodied, a touch of something astringent in the nose and flavor. Subtle for sure, but still a slight distraction. Otherwise dark roast and vanilla dominates both. Pleasant enough, but a one timer.
ICEatALAMO (1245) - Troy, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. The pour is black. The aroma is chocolate and malt. The taste seems a little off, a slight funk to it. Almost a coconut finish to it.
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tmongoose (2056) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber shared pours a dark brown to almost black with mocha head. The aroma is amazingly delicious plenty of pure vanilla bean and large amounts of dark chocolate. The flavors are more of the Same in a rich delicious blend. I find no wrong in this beer unless you don’t like vanilla and chocolate. The malts are well roasted.
WABeerFiend (376) - - JAN 16, 2015
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
Poured into a tulip on 05.30.14.
A: 3 1/2 finger tan head. Midnight black with a lot of red at the bottom.
S: Vanilla bean, but not sweet. It has some funk too.
T: Pickles, vinegar, and funk dominate. Chemical vanilla, cough syrup, and battery acid are more subtle.
O: This was undrinkable on the first sip. It was very sour. Maybe it was infected? Drain pour.