goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ General Lafayette. Poured a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma was roasty. Roasted malt flavor with notes of dark chocolate and light coffee on the finish. This beer likee their others was estery. Some warmth in the chest. Semi-dry with a moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied.
dmac (3999) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a deep dark brownish black with a small bubbly biege head that quickly fades. Aroma of bitter chocolate, freeze dried coffee beans, and perhaps some cola mixed in there as well. Medium bodied that starts off watery but then finishes chalky, average carbonation. Flavor is more complex then the aroma lets on with notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate, instant coffee, nutts, figs and toast. The aftertaste on this beer lingers and is very pleasant. Solid beer and if they can pump up the body a little bit I would find it much more enjoyable.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler obtained from the brewery on 10/3/06 and consumed on 12/2/06 (kept in fridge)
Correct filling and handling of the growler leads to a large light-tan head that cascades up from the black chocolate body. Mostly well-retained, leaving spotty lacing on the glass. Medium to medium-high clarity with plenty of carbonation.
Some light ashiness overlays the aroma, at first, well-burnt and roasty, but sweet chocolate notes go to work on softening things. A touch of lactic notes, with some graham crackers, light coffee and even some green, juicy, fruity hops with a bit of citrus to them. Warming allows chocolate to really come on strong, though it never seems too sweet or dominant. Great balance between the roasted/chocolate notes and the base/crystal malts. Very aromatic. Chocolate is not deeply milky or fudgey, but more tempered by the roast leading to a medium sweet cocoa feel. No alcohol or flaws noted.
Sweet vanilla and marshmallow flavors abound at first, as the pale/crystal malts contend with the darker malts. A hint of coffee is noted, though it’s got some lactic and bitter notes to it. The dark malts eventually dry things out and a mix of roast and chocolate sits pleasantly on the finish. Not the most complex example I’ve had, but just incredibly balanced. Usually chocolate porters are either way too sweet and syrupy without any assertive/drying roast, or they’re way too far the other direction from overuse of dark malts. This one really nails it and is a pleasure to drink. Split the growler with a friend and it was gone in no time. Looser carbonation (as expected) but I had it on tap fresh at the brewery and it was perfectly fine and engaging.
Sticky, but decidedly not syrupy texture. Supple maltiness and very drinkable. Not overdone in any category.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. thanks to kan. pours black with very small head. nose of dark chocolate and plum. flavor are a bit sourish, chocolate and berry. thin body with prickly mouth feel. the carbonation needs adjusting so i could see how this would be nice on draft.
Nate (3719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewery. Chocolate coffee aroma, strong with a rich malty character and a bit of lactose airy-sweetness. Dark black-brown, with thin off-white head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with chocolate and coffee notes, lactose sweetness and some light carbonic acidity. There is also an odd rubbery tang to the finish of this one, too. Brown sugar and light molasses. Dry-nutty bitter finish and some tangy after. Band-Aid.
jsquire (3444) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the growler at C-Bus 7. Big foamy brown head over a very dark beer. Big chocolate nose with flavors of roasted grains, chocolate, brown sugar and coffee. It thins as it warms.
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz from zathrus13. Pours black with a 3 finger tan head. Nose is sweet and chocolaty and it matches the heavy duty sweetness of the beer. Very sweet, but very nice porter.
pantanap (3356) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade.....pours an attractive almost black pour with a moderate light tan head.....aroma of chocolate malt, dark fruit, and a mild roast.... smooth and creamy chocolate notes and roasted malt. an unexpected sour note in the finish. carbonation was a bit too lively and could have been more calm in nature. did not really enjoy the sourness as it disjointed the brew a bit.
TheEpeeist (3335) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewery. Cask conditioned. Pitch black with a brown sugar head. Anise, dark chocolate and café au lait. Taste is much the same but restrained. The cask softens the edges allowing the flavors to meld; imparts some wood. Medium body, light carb. Wonderful finish that echoes sweet licorice and mocha.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 growler provided by ty5592 and the growler swap 1.0... root beer colored dark brown with a thin tan head that has a purple tint to it. the aroma is ashy with lots of 70% bitter cocoa, vanilla bean scalded cream and some dark dried fruit. dark malt, wood and coffee dominate the palate. they’re followed by a light sourness. full bodied with a creamy texture that is cut nicely by the bitter/sour/ashy/astringency of the malts...7/4/7/4/16/3.8
batch 3 bottle shared by rudy on 12/4/2009.
really dark, thick pour with a monstrous persistent cocoa colored head.
initial blast of ashy sourness and a ton of fruit up the nose. that is followed by chocolate, spice and a funky weird burn.
the flavor is primarily tart with a tart ashy finish... odd (but i just had ng sour porter) but there are some decent notes of vanilla, chocolate and roast. it is acidic for sure.... infected? the acidity does play a role in making the full body very easy to drink by making it seem thinner. over carbonation fights with it simultaneously.
this is not the same beer i enjoyed two years ago... not terrible but wrong. 6/4/5/3/12/3.0