PorterPounder (5959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 22 oz bomber. Pours a jet black with a sticky mocha colored that leaves a nice coat of lacing. Aroma has a strong roasted essence to it with some earthy herbal notes that I cannot accurately identify. Flavor has some burnt wood notes, some licorice, creosote, a touch of bourbon barrel aging. Mouthfneel has a nice smoothness to it, Unique and solid.
thebsmitty (138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark black with medium to low head. Smell is heavy wood, roasted malt, citrus and herb. Taste is heavy charcoal like wood, herbal, lil smoke, burnt coffee, dark fruits. Wood is a bit over powering.
majorchaz (24) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow! This is different. Pours very black with a very earthy nose. The taste is much the same, and though not exactly my favorite type of beer, I thoroughly enjoyed it as it was a departure from the norm.
burg326 (4318) - Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I don’t understand who wants to drink a black ale on black ash? Answer only tickers such as myself... poured dark black from the bottle with aromas of ash, roast earth and some malt. Flavors are the same ash and smoke are big on the flavors I do not understand this style or this beer. I would never drink this again.
Cybercat (3786) - Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of the bottle a deep sable just a flea’s eyebrow above black with a thick and fairly persistent tan head. Aroma is seriously smoky - maybe a little too much so, though I love smoky beers. Flavor has a strong burnt malty overtone plus hints of roast quality coffee and roast malt, and a snip of licorice. Texture is thick, fizzy and smooth. OK, like drinking liquid ashes, but I like that! Hell!
Imaena (1989) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This is thick dark beast with lots of complex herbal and woody flavours. The roasted malts really shine through and there faint hint of an almost Ricola esque aftertaste - but in a good way. This beer very interesting a well crafted.
jcartamdg (2331) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep dark black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of smoke, licorice, sassafras, char, smoke and leather. Taste is smoke, dark chocolate, licorice, sassafras, mint, herbal notes and hickory smoke. Thick and viscous, especially for a lager. This is one of the most interesting, complex beers I’ve ever had. I could not drink this all the time but wow, this is such a cool beer.
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from New Leaf. Black pour with a creamy tan head. Very interesting aroma of tanned leather, wood charcoal, dry black malt, smoke with light chocolate. Smooth light body, ashes, smoke, wet leather, chocolate, licorice and black malt. Insanely complex and interesting. Never tasted anything like this before. So good.
jbruner (2826) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to kantrauch! Pours a dark brownish black with bubbly tan head that leaves good lace. Aroma is heavy on the wood, ash I guess, roastiness on the back end. Taste is peppery wood and vegital crispness, heavy roast on the back end. Interesting, heavy on the wood, ashy aftertaste, but overall it’s great stuff, wow.