JStax (5222) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle thanks to unclerudy. Pours a dark brown to black with a khaki colored head of thin foam. Not much in the way of carbonation, unfortunately. Aroma is like stale coffee grounds. Taste reminds me of strong coffee, but it must be the way rye and chocolate are working together. Meduim to full mouthfeel with not much spritz. A little more carbonation could do wonders for this beer.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, thanks for sharing! Pours near black with a bubbly brown head that dissipates quickyl to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of rye, dark grains and bread with some chocolate supporting. Flavor has dark chocolate and rye throughout and a growing bitterness with dark grains supporting.
koleminer20 (2460) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at HopCat. The pour is a muddy dark brown with a bigger white ring of head and some decent lace. The aroma is sweet milky roast. There isn't anything happening. It's exceptionally sweet, but carrying a light bitter roast. The flavor is decently roasty up front with a sweet milkiness on the back end. The flavor finishes sweet and all wrong. The mouth feel is thin and light with a bubbly carbonation and a lingeringly roasty milky finish. Just no good.
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jackl (7063) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown with a small head. Nose of cocoa and vanilla. Taste is similar. Super oily. Loads of roast. Cocoa. Rich and oily
BVery (9574) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Dark pour. Roast malt. Chocolate - dark and rich. A bit of rye spice. Cool beer.
skortila (5297) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Sample size around 10cl, old note. Aroma has chocolate, dried fruits, hint of oak/bourbon. Dark coloured, not much head. The taste was light sweet, light bitter with this molasses/rye/dried fruitiness thingy goin on, some chocolate, just a touch of bourbon/oak/vanilla. Medium bodied. Nice.
wedgie9 (2633) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tasted on 8/31/13 from a bottle. Pours nearly black with a very thin tan head that leaves a super thin collar. The nose is dark chocolate with some spicy rye malt, but very subdued, with nothing really jumping out of the glass. The flavor is, once again, pretty light, having to search to taste the milk chocolate and rye malt. The body is full with light carbonation and a long bitter and light rye finish.
hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an off white head. Chocolate, some earthiness. roast, and some coffee. All around a bit thin.
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Mike at his place. Dark chocolate pour. Flavor has moderate levels of cocoa, spicy/tangy chipotle notes, and burnt caramel. Slightly roasty with a nice spiciness to it.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35 of 396, many thanks to sleestak (Jeff R) for this!
Oh, I had issues with cork too, broke numerous times trying to get it out of the bottle. ...
Poured in my GI BCS snifter, deep brown, near opaque with an initial good beige frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma has notes of roast, toffee, cocoa, walnuts, and leathery earthy yeast esters. The taste is moderately sweet but the rye really punches through and provides a lovely counterpoint. Quite roasted and ashy along with some oak like tannins. Not much hop character which is my only major complaint. The mouth feel is a tad thin (but then it is a porter so not as big of an issue), ashy and dry, slightly boozy. Overall I like this but could see it being even more with the addition of more chocolate malt and perhaps some dark fruits notes.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Rating #3000. OK, rating entry #3000, but nonetheless...draft at the Dark Horse 4 Elf Party, December 2012. Deep opaque brown-black body, cream to light tan head. Bitter, charred nose, with burnt sugars and hints of spice, reminiscent of their Black Bier. Very dry body with abundant roast and charred sugars. Robust with a long, bitter finish. Excellent.