Brigadier (3335) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 ounce bottle
Thanks to tastybeer for sharing this one evening. It might have been a bit past its prime but showed some promise. I would love to try a fresh bottle to see if it is better (as I suspect).
Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black base offers promise of a rich experience. A chocolately mocha head releases coffee, chocolate, and sweet hints. The evidence of problems comes in the form of a slightly bitter tang.
Flavor / Palate - Tartness permeates through the coffee. If it were intentional I’d say it works well but knowing it should not be there detracts from a balanced profile. Take that away and this would be a nice run of the mill local.
corby112 (2722) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours pitch black and opaque with a two finger mocha head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving streaks of soapy lacing on the way down.
Slightly smokey, deeply roasted dark malt aroma that’s countered by sweeter, dessert-like lighter malt notes. Robust with hints of liquid smoke, burnt toast, dark chocolate and gourmet coffee bean followed by baker’s chocolate, caramel, toffee and fudge. Well balanced aroma with the sweeter notes standing out a bit more as it warms. Smells good but nothing really stands out or elevates it above slightly better than average.
Lighter body than expected with tight carbonation and a nearly acrid, roasted dark malt flavor that lingers over the sweeter notes into a bone dry finish. Strong burnt malt/overly roasted robust coffee grinds along with some charcoal, oatmeal and bitter dark chocolate. Not overwhelmingly dry/overly roasted, however, with prominent sweet malt backbone. These sweeter notes really stand out as it warms with some toffee, caramel, light chocolate and alcohol. Not nearly as complex as the nose suggests and the sweeter, dessert-like notes are severely muted. Decently drinkable but lacks balance and complexity.
OnTheTrail (177) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very dark. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste similar, malty, coffee notes. Overall a very pleasing porter.
micmillon18 (35) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz can poured into a pint glass.
Aroma - Dirt, roasted malts, touch of coffee. A hint of bacon?
Appearance - Two finger, chunky mocha head. Deepest, darkest black complexion.
Taste - Roasted malt lends a distinct coffee and chocolate character. Bitterness, both from the aforementioned malt and hops, make a reserved but lasting appearance and adds some acidity on the finish.
Palate - Medium bodied with a creamy, slightly slick aspect. Bone dry.
Overall - Robust is the proper word for this quaff. A great American porter.
Nische (1416) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at SBWF. Dark brown with mid sized off white head. Chocolate and coffee aroma with some roasted notes. Mid sweet taste with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Mildly bitter finished. Nice porter.
gEUS (1583) - Linden, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark maple brown nice roasted and coffee aroma, some green.paprica, chocolate. Light body, lightly sour. Taste is coffee and fruity chocolate.
altonbrownd (4599) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can at BrickSide. Black body with thin tan head. Nose is roasty and toasty, lots of caramel, dark fruits. Some chocolate. Taste also full of chocolate, cofffee, malts, caramel. Really nice. Creamy texture. Nice one.
kramer (5510) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear dark brown body with a small wispy light brown head. Nose is chocolaty and nicely hoppy with lots of citrus. The flavor is chocolaty with light roast and minimal bitterness. Nice chocolaty finish. Lighter bodied with soft carbonation. Nice Porter, a little lacking in body for a robust porter, but tasty.
j12601 (8050) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro tap at the brewery. Pours a deep black with a medium sized tan head. Big roast, chocolate and cocoa. Medium bodied, roast, cocoa chocolate. Thins out a bit, but the flavors hold up. Long roast and chocolate.
williamstome (1505) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma of espresso and chocolate, flavor is very roasty and chocolaty. Medium mouthfeel.
AndySnow (5572) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Where: Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Appearance: Black colour with a brown head.
Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, some liquorice, chocolate.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Chocolate, caramel, fruit, some coffee.