Travlr (9942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at HopCat. Almost black, brown large bubble head, legs! Aroma of coffee grounds and white pepper. Taste is pine, chocolate, coffee, pepper finish. Wow!
kkleu357 (75) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very malty smell. Dark dark black pour with little head. Mmm, nice smokey taste. Easy in the taste puds. Lots if roasty malts. I like it.
drpimento (2040) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Goot schtuf! Served at a good temperature with modest head that soon settles to a light cover that lasts forever and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, roast, dark ripe fruit, molasses, cocoa. Flavorís like nose with all the above characteristics amplified plus the integration of sweet, carbonic tang, and bitter. Body is good but carbonation seems a little light. Finish is like flavor, longish, and a touch boozy.
thedm (4853) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This bottled brew from the brewery poured a small head of fine to medium sized brown colored long lasting bubbles that left behind a good lacing. The body was opaque black like a stout with no visible carbonation. The aroma was a nice mellow dark roasted malt one and the mouth feel was smooth with a mild malt bite and a mild tingle. The flavor was very nice with dark malts, roasted notes, and an overall very nice quality to it. It was very easy to drink and I could not wait for another bottle. Fortunately I had two!
teorn88 (1656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at CPB, London. It pours a dark brown color with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted matls, coffee and licorice. Taste is roasty, bitter with a hint of acidity. Notes of espresso. Mouthfeel is silky with good carbonation. Overall, very nice porter here.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via Clark, giving him first choice of any of my vital organs, should he ever find himself in such a predicament.
Mostly opaque and inky black in color with a saliva spackle and a clinging grey wrung to serve as the head. Aroma is ripe with black currant, dark chocolate smooshed on tar, espresso grease, mocha boysenberries and lactic chocolate. Iím excited. Tasty, dry exhibition. Coffee bitters have the prowess here. Dark chocolate pumped with caramel and crŤme liquor give stark flavor to the dry espresso and roasted qualities. Chocolate malt balls, crushed and dusted into a morning Carnation breakfast drink. Captive and judicial mouth feel springboarding from centerpoint and spreading rapidly. Perfect, robust one-two punch when it comes to the balanced nature of this treat. Bitter, beautiful stuff, with final flavors akin to dark chocolate stir sticks seeping into French espresso sludge. Thanks for the bottle, Clark!
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 1, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2003-2004 bottle (donít remember exactly) from Styles, drunk on 1/24/07
Heavily sedimented bottom shows how unfiltered Dark Horse is. Leaving the sediment behind as best as possible, the beer is still more or less opaque (though slight ruby-magenta highlights break through on the edges and near the surface). Dark beige head forms small, but very creamy and dense, leaving moderate lacing on the glass and eventually fading to partial cover. The body is nearly black, with an earthy brown tint.
Luscious chocolate and fudge rise up easily in the nose, filling the senses quite well and lending an afterthought of lightly salty char. Strong, sweet base malts combine with the dark malts to add a creamy-sweet vanilla character that nearly matches the intensity of the fudginess up front, and soothes the nose on its way to a more dry finish. Light malt phenolics provide moderately strong notes of anise, with a light breadiness and almost what you might consider to be a bit of smoke. Itís all very cohesive by this point in its age and interestingly, there seems to be no off-flavor nor much more than a slight glimpse of oxidation. With warming, the vanilla seems to dry out and the aroma becomes almost fluffy without being overly sweet. The dry, anise-laden finish reaches out farther in to the middle of the aroma to cut the fudge and chocolate. No alcohol noted, medium-high strength of aroma.
Chocolate-vanilla iced cream flavored beer is pretty spot on for the first few notes, though slowly some light earthiness from the roasted barley emerges adding light coffee tones (very faint) and bits of dry roasted graininess. The sweet, velvety fudge-like flavors easily win out, however and the beer comes off as one of the more creamy, velvety, soft stouts Iíve had in some time. Very much like their cream stout. Carbonation is low, but not really lacking, giving some life to the body and helping to highlight the dry anise and bitter chocolate notes that sit on the finish. Light char and lively vanilla-liqueur-like warmth are somewhat evident on the finish, especially with warming, giving yet another layer of complexity and intrigue. Medium-sweet, with a medium body, but not too sweet (which is saying a lot coming from me). Perhaps a bit more roast would lend a some assertiveness to balance the creamy-soft ride from start to finish. Though if you like sweet, soft, chocolate stouts, youíll love this.
aaaaaaaaaah (64) - Warren, Michigan, USA - FEB 11, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at Dark Horse in Marshall MI. Pours average creamy/frothy light brown head with fair lacing. Body hue is black, maybe from poor lighting in pub. Moderate roasted dark chocolate malt and light grassy? hops. A solid 1 step beer. Chocolate malt followed by a light smooth sweet bitter that finishes very smooth. Short aftertaste. Drink 6-9 of these at 7%ABV easily. Good standard porter.
yngwie (11779) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mikkeller Bar. It pours next to black, topped by a small, dark beige head. Dried fruits, hints of licorice, some alcohol and roasted malts in the aroma. The flavor has roasted malts at first, then some dried fruits chime in, along with a touch of chocolate and coffee. Thereís a pleasant bitterness too. Itís full-bodied, dryish and lightly warming on the palate, the warmth surprises me. Itís soft and pleasantly carbonated as well. Mostly roasted in the swallow. A beer starting off a bit boring, but it turns out to be a really nice and tasteful one. 120510
Onslow (1019) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Dark brown ale, very inky - a 3 watt led flashlight held to the glass is barely visible! Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt malt. Taste is rich and subtly complex - sweet malts, dark chocolate, roasted grain, hints of licorice, most pronounced in the very finish. Rich and creamy palate. Exceptional!