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A richly malty ale, with clear characteristics of dark chocolate and black malt, and hints of black licorice, ale fruitiness, and molasses in the finish.

ThisWangsChung's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a dark cola color. About one fingers of creamy mocha-colored head is formed with a creamy texture and mediocre retention. Good lacing is left on the glass, at least. S: There’s a definite vibe of stewed dark fruits. I also note chocolate (a good deal), brown sugar, and licorice. Definitely serviceable as far as the style goes; too bad my dislike towards licorice pulls the score down somewhat. T: Yeah. It’s definitely heavy on both dark fruits and licorice, especially on the opening. A definite roasted barley note creeps in on the back end, to pair with the crisp, dry finish. This doesn’t excite me too much, plus its single-dimensional flavors don’t help. M: This is very light for a 7% porter. Combined with the crisp, clean finish, the drinkability is excellent. The crispness is replaced with a bit of sweetness after a few sips, but this could still be chugged regardless. A bit undercarbonated, too. O: Any beer that I can pick up a lot of licorice flavors in is likely to get a big fat ’meh’ from me - the only reason this doesn’t is because of how damn drinkable it is. Even still, I wouldn’t seek this one out in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (1073) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 29, 2014
Bona cervesa, es bastant equilibrada i gustosa. Buena cerveza, es bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (5595) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2014
draft at Blue Monk. Solid Porter, medium to fuller bodied black pour, roasted maltiness, dark chocolate, hint of coffee & licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tricksta_p (872) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - JUN 19, 2014
Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee, light liquorice. Flavour is roasty, malty, more chocolate and coffee, low sweetness, low bitterness. Smooth and easy Porter, could have used a bit thicker body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yiannnos (711) - , CYPRUS - MAY 30, 2014
Black colour, chocolate and coffee notes. Taste is sweet, roasty, dark fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jaghana (3695) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - MAY 29, 2014
Bottle 355ml, a dark beer with medium head. Aroma is on dark malt, dark chocolate, licorice, lactose, light smoked touch, creamy, caramel notes, good feature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014
[Tap] Pours an opaque dark brown color with a small cap of light brown head on top. Aromas of deep roasted malts, anise, earthy hops and milk chocolate. Flavor notes include lots of chocolate, some wood ash, licorice, vanilla, oats and some coffee. Creamy and velvety mouthfeel. Low levels of carbonation. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
8bithero (2) - - MAY 22, 2014 does not count
Pours pitch black with a tan head that disappears quickly. Notes of chocolate and slight coffee make it slightly creamy without making it to heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
calm_dreamer (156) - GREECE - MAY 21, 2014
Pitch black medium to thin body, creamy thin brown foam head. Intense aroma of chocolate, a bit of coffee, something like bourbon barrel, roasted barley. Extremely balanced taste. Bitter coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and something like bitter Baileys cream. Lasting mild bitter aftertaste with a note of alcohol. Subtle carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
g_georgiou (158) - CYPRUS - MAY 20, 2014
Dark brown body with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, chocolate, some dark fruit and some licorice. Taste is sweet, low bitterness. Lingering finish. Nice porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Temptation (220) - - MAY 19, 2014
I expected more, basically in the nose and in the looking. Nevertheless, the mouthfeel is great with notes of chocolate, vanilla and a creamy finish really good. But, taking the overall, it remains unbalanced. A pity.

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