Strange Brew (157) - Toronto, Ontario, - MAR 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown colour with a fair bit of carbonation. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of coffee. Flavour is smoky malt but not much chocolate at all. A little thin for a porter.
Metalchopz (2954) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated December 2004. Sampled at Vineyards in Ottawa. Poured a dark colour with red highlights and a brown head with spots of lacing. Aromas were of coffee and had quite a bitter scent. The taste was slightly bitter with a mild chocolat finish. Also, there was a small fruity taste to the mouth. Mouthfeel was smooth and slightly creamy.
jimmay (807) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
341 ml bottle from the brewerry, thanks to Tupalev. Pours dark brown, a little cloudy. Aroma and taste are very sweet, chocolately, and a pretty good dose of raisin like sweetness. Good!
TheJester (2372) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341 mL bottle from the brewery. Almost black, with a nice brown head. A healthy amount of bittersweet dark chocolate in the aroma, with some underlying roast. Pretty much the same goes for the flavour. Creamy mouthfeel is slightly hindered by carbonation that’s a touch higher than it needs to be. Nothing exciting, but it is well done. Much better than last time I had one of these.
matt7215 (2278) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
341 ml bottle from tupalev. this is my third bottle of the 3 i got from jeff and each was a little different. pours black with a mid tan head that quickly reduces. muted chocolate aroma, very small but pleasent. flavour is thin but enjoyable. chocoalte and coffee notes. body is thin. ok for a session porter but ive had many better porters in my day. the 3 scores for the 3 bottles ive had would have been: 2.9, 3.9, 3.4. thats shows there is quite a bit of inconsistancy from this brewer.
JesseM (1158) - Margaritaville, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
341ml bottle thanks to Tupalev, thanks Jeff! Pours a totally viscous brown into my snifter, with a small mocha-tanned head. Aroma is very sweet and roasty, chocolatey, hearty malts, robust, nice! Flavour is very rich, roasty malts balanced quite well with sweet chocolate malts. Dry roast finishes out the show very nicely. Maybe just a little bit fizzy, but I’m pretty sure there’s some yeast sediment in there that helps out boosting the body. Almost reminds me of PC Decadent chocolate chip cookies (my own weird interpretation). Very well done! Too bad it’s so damn hard to get stuff from this brewery. A top-notch, bang-on example of this style IMHO.
cyrenaica (1095) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The 8.0% ABV was clearly written on the keg. I tried this beer on January 11, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe’s" in Toronto. The beer poured a brownish black with a finger thick tannish creamy head. The aroma was a mixture of roasted malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, creamy, and medium carbonation. The taste was definitely chocolatey. The alcohol, while not tasted, was certainly felt.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 25, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep brown body, medium tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma with touches of coffee and dark chocolate. Thin, somewhat sour, acidic body, with chocolate (Hershey’s syrup) and roasted malt, neither too sweet nor too dry, but somewhat unpleasant. The remainder tastes like stale toast, the kind that was burned and left on the counter for several hours. A disappointing beer.
DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAR 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(341 ml bottle: Obtained 24-Mar-06 in trade with blankboy, thanks Paul!) Pours a dark walnut brown body topped by a small, tan head. The aromas of nuts and roast quickly greet my nose, but contrary to my expectations, it doesn’t smell too much like chocolate. Fairly roasty flavor too, kind of nutty, perhaps a bit yeasty. Somewhat chocolaty in the finish I suppose, but it’s more a baker’s chocolate, definitely very little sweetness here. Moderate bitterness. Body is medium-full and doesn’t thin out one bit in the finish. Rather dry on the palate, and carbonation is gentle. Head retention is nothing special, settling to a sparse, filmy layer, and lacing is minimal as well. Overall, a pretty easy drinking porter, decent and enjoyable, but not nearly as "decadent" as the name would imply. They set the bar far too high with that name and the beer can’t follow through.
gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep read near black pour with a tan bubly thick head. Berry and chocolat scent. Very rich mocha chocolat taste. Malty and earty with a lingering aftertaste that lasts. Foud a bit of nut in the finish as well. The best Church Key I have had.
pintbypint (3222) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 1, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
341ml brown bottle from gilvanblight. Poured deep dark brown, head was sparse, tan in colour. Flavour is lightly roasty, malty, slight coffee. Quite dry with some chocolate and black coffee finishing notes. Body a bit light/thin. Would be a nice session beer.