Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very roasty nose with nice honts of brandy. Jet black body, small tan head. Extreme roasty flavor, good brandy flavor. Good one.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - AUG 8, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap: At dark horse brewery. Wonderful jet black color with nice thin head dissipating quickly. Nice lacing. A big beer for a porter, very rich with loads of molasses and other sweet notes at first taste, surprisingly smooth as it finishes, nicely balanced hops accompany this awesome beer. One of my favorites to date.
Scubatrip (591) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle, it smells like a stout. Black with a dark, creamy head that lasts quite a while. Malty chocolate flavor, a bit of a pepper aftertaste. The aftertaste leaves you puckering your lips like youíve just eaten something sour (but there is no sour taste). Thick mouthfeel, I would have rated it higher except for the aftertaste.
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Surprise bottle courtesy of styles: Totally opaque black in the glass with a small, yet thick and lasting, brown head that lasts. The aroma actually shows a slight hops scent if served way too cold (which I did then let it warm up). Once itís reached the proper temperature notes of sweet toffee, chocolate, de-bittered roasted malt, earthy coffee, cinnamon, cookie dough, and a hint of diacetyl. I dive in. It turns out that my nose did not deceive me - there appears to be more hops in here than the average porter. At first I get a hint of citrus/pine & alcohol mixed with a roasted coffee. Then the beer opens up to show black pepper, roasted malt, unsweetened chocolate, charred tree bark, charcoal covered in molasses. Full bodied, oily & thick, sticky in the mouth. Finishes with bitter roasted malt, coffee, and a hint of hops on the tongue. If I had to guess Iíd say there was some columbus or cascade in this one along with some british hops, which provides an interesting contrast to the roasted malt - similar to a well-hopped imperial stout (alpha-klaus, but less hops). Thanks Chris!
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours completely black with a big brown bubbly head. Sweet chocolate and deep roasted coffee and chewy malts with a little tart. Lots of crud at the bottom of the glass. Oily and burnt. Sour with bittersweet sugar. Butterfat and a good dose of hop bite up front. Charred wood, oatmeal and molasses. Very big and deep for a porter. Lovely.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 3, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Mike (EDA) for this one. One of the darkest black beers ever- especially for a porter. This is a great imperial porter- yet not a baltic porter. Similar to gonzo I guess but the dark horse has way less hops. Aroma is intense with chocolate malt, rich caramel, and a lot of nuts. Flavor is also nutty with a ton of chocolate to it. So close to an impy stout just without the roasted barley. Mouthfeel is big bold and sticky. Very smooth and slightly bitter aftertaste.
hopdog (8225) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle acquired in trade with Styles (thanks!). Poured a dark black with a smaller sized brown head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, and molassest. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts and I swear there is some citrus in there with an almost grapefruit bitter finish to it. Oily body.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally rating this after trading it away plenty of times. Pours dark black, a little oily, with nice beige head. Aroma is full of dark roasted grain, coffee, and faint chocolate. Lots of creamy milk chocolate in the flavor, along with some coffee and a strong bitterness in the finish. Better body than many stouts Iíve had. Looking at the different reviews, seems a bit inconsistant.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle 35,5 cl) Comes close to being pitch-black, completely opaque. Small, light brown head. Nose full of burned malt, flavours full of burned malt and lots of bitterness from the burned malt. Surprisingly light-bodied - almost a bit watery - with a very dry finish. Has some vinous touches. 170705
Emil (6069) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a small baige head. Roasted malty chocolate aroma and a roasted malty dry coffee taste. Medium body and a dry finish.