Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pour is black with a nice dense brown head...rich roasty nose with lots of coffee and some cocoa...taste is sweet at first with a strong roasty bitterness coming in very quickly...seems a little thin too...
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer pours an inky black, with very little tan head which does not stick around long.
Aroma is strong coffee and chocolate malt notes.
Flavor is coffee flavor and "burned pizza crust" taste, which is very good and well-matched to the porter style (in my opinion).
Mouthfeel is thin - this beer is smooth (with the taste delivering a certain bitter bite - thatís a good thing) but needs more carbonation; it feels flat to me.
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, pours pitch black with tan head. nose is very chocolaty, undertones of coffee, smoke, and dark fruits. flavor is extremely roasty, charred milk chocolate, dark fruits, and pretty bitter. mouthfeel is smooth but not as thick as a stout. this beer is complex but the flavors arenít blended perfectly. to me this is really somewhere between a stout and an imperial stout not a porter, but itís a great beer nonetheless. because itís so good i canít knock it for not being closer to style. when i want to drink a stout or imperial stout iíll grab this and be happy. a great beer.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Black pour with a small tan head. Aroma, coffee, roasted malts, some chocolate, an earthy bitterness. Flavor, bitter coffee, some chocolate, roasty flavors. Rich and thick on the finish. A pretty good amount of bitterness on the finish. Really good brew.
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Good amount of chocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a large tan head.Bitter coffee and roasted malt stand out in the flavor.Medium to full mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a dark brown with a minimal tan head. The color and consistency reminded me a lot of other stouts. The aroma was of roasted malt, with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Flavor was more of the same with just a touch of bitter thrown in. My only knock against this was that it was undercarbonated. Other than that, it was a good brew.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle thanks to SS MIBRomeo. Black with a small tan head. Mild roasted malt aroma with some dark chocolate and a bit of coffee. Flavor starts off quite bitter, with a harsh roasted taste. Mellows out after a couple of sips, with the chocolate coming through as well as a touch of hops. Quite enjoyable.
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from my winter secret santa. Started drinking this around 58 degrees, perhaps a tad too warm. It works fine at room temp., but I noticed some great flavors right off that I stopped noticing as it warmed.
Aroma is lots of toast, peanut brittle, bitter bitter coffee, cherry. Nice pitch black pour with a good head. Flavor is not as assertive as the aroma, with a striking dry bitterness (more coffee bitter than hops bitter), char, light chocolate. Slightly thin up front, this ends up being slighty thick in the finish. Solid.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pour is oily black with a decent thick tan colored head. Aroma is chocolate, coffee, toasted malt. Flavor is coffee, chocolate, malt, caramel. Palate is full bodied with resiny feel to it. Very rich and creamy. Solid!
nolankowal (937) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of artusory, thanks again Ryan! Oily opaque black pour with a somewhat creamy yellowed-light tan head. The aroma is really big with roasted malt, chocolate and coffee with small tinges of cherry and some hazlenut...very inviting. The flavor doesnít let down at all, tons of coffee and dark chocolate notes as well as a nice rostiness, a bit of nuttiness and some dark fruit elements. Oily slick mouthefeel that is also quite rich with a nice balance of sweet, bitter, roasty, and savory. The finsih really sticks with nutty and roasted elements...the soft carbonation of this beer also lends to the flavor and aromas. Overall a really damn nice porter, very rich and flavorful without being too thick. More and more I wish Dark Horse would distribute to Ohio because they have yet to dissapoint. Wonderful brew!