puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Tiedhouse. Rich, chocolate and espresso aroma. Sweaty and nice. Dryish, creamy, chalky palate, not as rich as the aroma but a very solid effort. Sorry for this terribly short rating, thatís all Iíve got written down and to be honest I canít remember a damn thing about this beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber 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. theyíre 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
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at GLI. Chocolate donut aroma with a really hoppy bite. The chocolate is more in the aroma than the flavor. Thereís a burnt malt thing going on. This stuff ainít half bad.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz handbottle, 2008 batch, courtesy of axilla. Thanks, John! Pours a very dark cola-brown color; textured, medium tan head with solid retention and web-like lacing with medium bubbles; excellent head texture; even for a handbottle, a beautiful pour. Lots of oily chocolate, nougat, and creamy vanilla in the aroma; smells like oily, very creamy milk chocolate. Very relaxed carbonation. Medium-to-full, creamy mouthfeel: roasted malts, ridiculously creamy and dense milk chocolate, nougat, vanilla; a nice citrus and mineral bitterness coming through as well; softly roasted, viscous, chocolate-full porter. Very creamy and generous. Lengthy finish, showing bitter chocolate, tons of breadiness, and roasted malts in the finish; a touch of bitterness.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown body with a medium sized light tan head. The nose is cola, chocolate, molasses and raisins. The flavor is just lightly sweet with lots of bitter, buttery cocoa, cola, brown sugar and dates. Medium body is soft with light carbonation.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade: Pours thick oily with an initial thick brown head which fades. Nice roasty cappucino aroma. The flavor has suggestions of coffee/java icecream, followed by sweet yeasty fruityness of mangos, papayas. Itís a bit syrupy though. The flavors are great, but for some reason they donít seem to mesh well. Still very quality and enjoyable.
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the tap poured dark brown with a good amount of light brown head. Nice rich malty sweet flavor, with a good finish.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This brew pours nearly black with little head. Roasty with some maltiness, the body is a bit on the light side.
alobar (2868) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with brow highlights and a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee with a hint of licorice. Chocolate flavor with some roasted malt and coffee. Really nice beer.
NachlamSie (2809) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, graciously sent by Hopdog. Pours near solid black and fairly thick for a porter. A rim of a tan head forms. The aroma is very rich with English leaning qualities of toffee, raisins, and brown sugar backed by huge chocolate scents and a dash of coffee and vanilla. I took a sip to be very surprised at how good this tastes. It smells decent, but the flavor takes it to the next level. A sharp, roasted coffee note is very pronounced from the first sip to the finish. This is very creamy. Hints of vanilla, roast, coffee. . mm.