gnoff (7687) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub, on January 21, 2011
Clear very deep dark red to black color, light brown head. Hoppy, citrus, roasted taste where the hops has the upper hand. A bit moussy mouthfeel, medium high bitterness. Hoppy and roasted aftertaste mixed with coffee and alsochol. Sweet and hoppy scent.
jredmond (5260) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split with streets and Andrew. Pours a dark brown body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is nice fresh hop and slight roast. Flavor is similar - great balance of opposite flavors, almost like a black ipa.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of jredmond. floral, bread, pine.... Some notes of tabbaco. Awesome ipa touch on a porter.
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Filled Last night; Sampled January 2011
A vigorous pour into my CCB tulip produces a three-finger thick, lightly browned, stained tan colored head that leaves some light lacing on the sides of my glass as I work my way through it. The beer is a concentrated brown that looks a lot like dark chocolate; when held up to the light the beer shows a deep, concentrated ruby color. The beer smells of lightly herbal hops and dark, toasted malt up front. The toasted grain character gets bigger towards the finish and makes me think of a dense, darkly browned, whole grain bread crust. There is a subtle berry like fruitiness to this beer that is at times drowned out by the toasted malt character. The malt aromatics on this beer are huge, at times they drown out all the other aromatic notes found in this beer, but at other times I am actually able to get notes of orange zest, tangelo peel and even a hint of something like kumquat. I wasn’t expecting the hop character in this beer for some reason, it is dominated by a hugely aromatic malt character that isn’t really roasted, but definitely dark leaning; the hop character does add a nice layer to the nose though.
Bitter hops up front are tempered a bit by a dry, crystal malt sweetness (if that makes any sense) and the beer has a viscousness to it and caramel quality as it sits on the tongue. As the beer slides down my throat the ample hop character comes through in spades by contributing flavors of Curacao orange zest, bright tangelo and kumquat peel as well as an herbal and pine like hop character that is a bit secondary to the fruity hop notes (almost the reverse of the nose). The dark malt and the hop citrus notes really make me think of an orange-oil infused dark chocolate. The finish has a touch of roasted grain burnt notes that has a touch of burnt bitterness to it, but really gets subsumed by the herbaceous hop character of the finish. There are times that this beer can get a bit harsh in the finish; the roast grain mixes with a green, astringent hop character that almost tastes like burnt toothpaste, luckily this isn’t quite so evocative after most sips of this brew.
I am definitely digging the dark beer focus of this brewery, somehow there does seem to be dearth of these around, especially one that executes this well. I really like a well made Brown Ale and this is the second I have had from this brewery and I am looking forward to others. Despite the harsh at times hop flavors this is a beer I am definitely going to enjoy finishing my cute half growler of it.
sebletitje (6594) - 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 (5964) - 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 (7101) - 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 (2871) - 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.