Fred82 (2128) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle thanks to grub.
Appearance : Pitch black with a small creamy head. Nice lacing.
Aroma : Roasted malt and resinous/oily hops. Light coffee and chocolate. Notes of raisins. Dark fruits. Some yeast maybe...
Taste : Soft but fizzy carbonation. Roasted malt and strong hops. Resinous and high alpha acid hops. Quite a lot of coffee. Finish quite bitter and resinous. Almost astringent. Quite warm on the finish. Light fruits too.
Overall : Nice carbonation. Enjoyable nose. Taste is very strong and quite complex. Finish is a bit too intense. All the coffee and hops make it a bit too astringent. Nice hops on nose. Gets a bit more gentle near the end.
BOLTZ7555 (2999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Dark mahogany pour with a chestnut colored head. Aroma and flavor show cocoa, vanilla, coffee, brown sugar, and char. Lots of smoke, burnt wood, and ash...maybe even a little campfire blackened marshmallow. Creamy mouthfeel.
arminjewell (9151) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown/slightly reddish pour, with thin off white head. Aroma is pine and resin, chocolate coffee and some roast. Pine, chocolate and coffee at the forefront of the taste, roasted bitter finish with the hops adding to the bitter. Nice brew, hoppy american porter.
popery (1781) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A rather delicious porter with lots hop flavor. This is an interesting beer. The aroma is limes and grapefruit with chocolate and roast. There’s also some nice dark stone fruit, raisins and caramel. Taste is fairly sweet for a porter, but it works well. There’s vanilla, grapefruit juice, coffee and maple syrup, as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and full. The beer is dark brown with a small tan cap. It’s a fairly sweet, hoppy beer. Very tasty.
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from my Secret Santa. Pours pitch black with a one finger tan head. The nose is dark chocolate, smoky coffee and roast. The taste is ash, burnt malt, cocoa, coffee and some biter hops in te finish. Medium semi-creamy mouthfeel. Nice porter.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: blackened browns under a khaki head which lingers as a thin film. Swirls nominally.
Nose: hops and roast blend together exquisitely while also standing on their own exquisitely. Black root and black earth mixed in, though predominantly more of a ground upon which roast and hops stand. Wisp of dark fruits with their nutty stones in the back. Green grass, green leaves, green whole hop cones. Black and burnt.
Palate: clean, burnt, than hoppy and then burnt again. Chocolate in the back, brittle and black. Green hops linger in bitter delights after each quaff. Touch abrasive in the middle atop my tongue; like whole hop cones and raw roasted barley. Burnt bark and scorched earth stands solidly underneath. Cacao and espresso beans, black and delicious and crunchy. Essence of standing in a forest of firs and pine trees with hop vines on the horizon. European truffles in the middle.
Final Thoughts: intriguing interplay of opposite and complementary flavors and aromas. What may sound like a convoluted interplay of flavors was actually the opposite. Balanced and wonderfully melded together. Another great beer from Cigar City.
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to dchmela for this bottle. Pours dark carmely brown with no head. Smells a bit hot with dark fruits. Tastes a bit less like a porter than an American strong or black IPA...both of which I love. This one, however, falls a bit short, not quite knowing what it is. Light to medium body, with lasting hop imprint.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Steelcitybrew
This beer shares similarities with Bells Batch 10,000.... but with less chocolate. Contains a substantial amount of hops and dry roasted earthiness in the aroma and flavor. It seems to be very refined, balanced, and easily drinkable. I would love a six pack, but would probably drink them all in one night. Great stuff.
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter via changeup. Thanks ! A very dark brown pour, verging on black, with very little head (tan in color). Slightly rocky lacing at first. Head completely gone after less than a minute in the glass. Aroma is dark bitter malt, a bit of dark fruit, coco, with some roastyness. Some floral hops make themselves known. Taste is much the same, with dark malt, chocolate, coffee, and a bit of smokey, woody tobacco. Bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is quite nice, slightly warming finish. A very tasty brew, but the bitterness, both from the hops and the dark malts, overwhelm the more balanced aspects of this one.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Extremely dark pour, pitch black with pretty much no head. The aroma carries hints of dark chocolate, malts and a smokey oak character to it. The flavor is a little smoky, with a bitter dark chocolate malt presence.