DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at GLI. This one is a top notch porter...a definite upper echelon porter. Pours obsidian with a medium, tan head. Aroma of malt, big chocoff, some fruit. Tastes malty, with a rich chocoff presence that gets dark chocolatyer at the finish. Super smooth, rich palate, and a great finish. This one is up there with Smutty Robust and Alpha Klaus as my top-of-the-heap porters.
DSG (8326) - Tel Aviv, - JAN 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(11/12/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Lafayette Hill. Black-colored. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and some cocoa notes. Sweet roasty flavor with some coffee, nutty notes and chocolate. Medium-bodied.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles thanks to zathrus13 and captaincougar. Uploaded a picture. Pours with a large, light brown head and a deep black body. Aroma of flowers, chocolate (baking), and some berries. Taste is smoke with jerky, chocolate, and something spritzy. Lightly lively bubbles with a cream like mouthfeel.
Ibrew2or3 (7420) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 24, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to tpd975 for bringing this rare treat to the weekly tasting. Pours deep and dark with infra red edges and thin mocha head. The aroma is rich and inviting with roasty and toasty malts mixing with chocolate, burnt molasses and a mild coffee note. The aroma is poetry. I could tug on it all night long. YUM! The taste starts with a rich creaminess yet a bit thinner than the rich aroma was hinting at. I get the same notes as noted in the nose with roasty and toastines followed by rich dark chocolate. Yum, lots of flavor going on here including burnt molasses and coffee. All the flavors blend together cohesively creating a wonderful sensation.
Ughsmash (7353) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a tall, dense, well-retained cap of dark tan head. The aroma picked up sweet, toasty, milky chocolates with accents of vanilla and some cocoa.. sweet and entirely desserty. The flavor found a blend of milk and lesser dark chocolates at the core.. vanilla and cocoa bitterness on the edges.. lactic sourness rolled off the edges joined by prickly carbonation and burnt earth.. just slightly vinegary at the end. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. the sweetness and sourness were balanced well on the front half, but the sours took over at the end.. all in all a very tasty brew!
douglas88 (7179) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by footbalm, thanks man. Pours a dark brown body with a medium light brown head. The aroma is light coffee and roasted malts, no alcohol at all. The flavor had become a bit oxidized perhaps; a sour woody, roasted malt, some roasted coffee beans and some acidic notes. Not really sweet at all, but altogether not a bad beer. I’m skeptical of the quality of this particular beer and I’ll try to rate again soon. Not bad though.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of roasted dark malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee complexity. Body starts with a somewhat thick, earthy dark caramel and chocolatey malty sweetness and good, rich bittersweet dark chocolate complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
blipp (6869) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours near black with a thin beige head. Roasty and sweet malty aroma with some mild nutty notes. The flavor has roasted and lightly burnt malts, coffee, and a light sweetness. Decent.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (Thanks Ken) and served in standard pint glass. The beer is basically opaque with a small fading frothy ring and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of bitterness chocolate, lactic twang, prune, walnut, herbal hops and mineral water. The taste starts twangy, acidic, and fruity before a malt driven and chocolate character comes about. he finish is ashy, smoky and dry. Smooth lush mouth feel. Not too shabby.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2008
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
ottle courtesy of JB175. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of tarte fruit and some sweet malt. Tastes of chocolate with a tarte finish. Average.