sebletitje (6341) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pression @ CCB.
De couleur brune, épaisse de type café au lait.
Malte et caramel, fine note de café au nez tout comme en bouche. Cette bičre conserve une bonne approche houblonnée donnant un fini qui tient des notes amer d’agrumes.
Une bonne porter qui de par son côté americain conserve une bonne amertume, cela se mélange parfaitement avec du malt grille, limite un peu fumé, sec en bouche, note de poudre de chocolat.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle that my brother brought back with him from Tampa, thanks Jeff! Pours a mostly black colored body with a finger-width, creamy, brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is pretty solid. Well hopped with a bunch of florals and citrusy pines. Nice malt backing with sweeter chocolates, brown malt caramels, and an even, soft roast. A touch of tobacco and vanilla too. Flavor is similar. Stronger coffee flavor with a bit of a charred smokiness to the big roasts. Still has plenty of sweeter chocolates and caramels to balance nicely. Lots of florals and citrusy pines come in towards the end where the roast and tobacco grow into a dry, moderately bitter finish with some smooth caramels and chocolates providing a light sweetness to balance. Lengthy aftertaste following a silky, medium-light body as well as a medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really enjoyable porter. Lots of roasts and hops, but balanced well with a solid malt backing that provides just enough sweetness. Great beer.
BBB63 (5743) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from 50 belair (Thx Matt!) and served in a Duvel snifter: Rich deep brown hue with a rock fluffy tan head that left good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has notes of powered chocolate, walnuts, charred wood, catty and dank American hops, some citric esters, tobacco and leather, slight husky grain, and a bit of alcohol vapour. The taste is nutty and sweet malts balance against a striking high alpha hop bitterness. Almost too striking, a bit more gentle approach to the hop character would have let the malt character shine more... after all it is still a porter at heart and not a Black IPA. Also detected some Cuban coffee, cigar tobacco and leather baseball glove (okay too much Tampa influence on the brain, but so what, that is what my sense data is telling me!) . So earthy is the midesection to finish that it also becomes distracting much like the hop tones. Again, even when finished I long for a more forceful malt character. The mouth feel is dry, chalky and ashy, lively and aggressive, a tad boozy as well. I loved the nose on this brew but alas the flavor profile is too close towards an Imperial Black IPA and not enough like a Robust Porter. Hopheads will like this more than stouties methinks. Either make a kick ass Black DIPA or a kick ass Robust Porter, don’t half ass it in between Wayne.
Ughsmash (7005) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Poured deep brown with a moderate, well-retained, tan head.. sticky lacing on the glass.. looked great! The aroma picked up warm, well-roasted molasses and chocolate malts, accented by some earth and a touch of smoked chipotle.. some vanilla on the back.. again very good. The flavor found smoked malts, dark chocolate, and black patent at the core.. fresh earth and piney bitterness on the edges.. very roasty with balancing bitterness on the long finish. Medium-bodied with low-moderate carbonation on the palate.. a little too roasty at times, but other than that, it felt very good. I’d drink a lot of these.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Thanks to jwattsrugger. Pitch black pour with light tan head. I get coffee notes. This beer is as advertised.
probstblueribbon (2746) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 FL. OZ bottle from Lubiere (merci!), served cool in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a thin mocha head.
Aroma: Rich, delicious cocoa, chocolate, caramel, softer chocolate than the usual for this style (less dark), somewhat fruity with strawberries coming through and other, less obvious fruits, as it warms, there is a woodsy, nutty, earthy note or two, some really inviting brown sugar and toffee notes appear from time to time, Imperial, indeed!
Palate: Medium body, velvety effervescence, a touch powdery.
Flav.: Quite fruity with darker, more serious malts, still some lighter, more playful notes and a touch of fruitiness, more so as it warms (grapes?), lots of dark chocolate, a touch nutty, really rich and deep; off-dry with good bitterness and a long, lingering, mouth coating dark chocolate finish.
Very well-made. Lovely.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.
Pours a very dark brown, almost coffee black with a 1 finger tan head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Roasted malt, toffee, vanilla and coffee with faint fruity notes floating in the background.
Taste: Sweet roasted malt up front followed by coffee and dark chocolate in the middle and a nice hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is bold and somewhat bitter.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: High drinkability considering the ABV %. You could knock back multiple bottles on a cool evening.
Overall: Very good porter overall. I’m usually impressed by Cigar City and this instance does not change that in any way. I would recommend checking this one out.
zdk (1807) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
tap at Blind tiger - dark, touch of earthiness. chocolate and pine. finishes with a pleasant astringency.
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had to research who José Martí was...it’s always warming when beer teaches me something. Pours super black with a cola head. Nose is huge roasted malts, burnt nuts, some pepper, and chocolate. Taste is bold and chewy, with burnt malts gathering against a heavily saturated nutty-like chocolate flavor. This was delicious.
PorterPounder (5199) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - 12 oz bottle. Dark brown fading to deep purple pour with a light but sticky khaki colored head. Fresh aroma with some liqueur accents and a hint of espresso. Flavor is robust with lots of espresso, some licorice, a bit of dark chocolate and some faint fruitiness - plums come to mind. Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Nice one watch the Orange Bowl with.