MrChopin (2763) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Max’s. Sepia with large bubbled beige ring. Balanced dry nose of chocolate, manure. Lightly bitter flavor, more chocolate, lightly grainy yeast. Really dry, grainy finish, nice moderate body with light carbonation.
Mora2000 (5132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to my brother for sharing this bottle. Bottle 652 of 672. Bottled 3/13/2009.
The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is that of a basic English porter with slight twist. The first aromas I get are a lot of chocolate and coffee. I also get some roasted malt. At the end of the aroma is some tart dark fruit notes, which makes me wonder if the beer is going to be slightly sour.
The flavor is basic porter. I get a ton of roasted malt and chocolate. There is not much coffee in the flavor and no detectable hops. As I get toward the end of the glass and the beer warms up toward room temperature, I start to get a little bit of the dark fruit tartness that I got in the aroma. The tartness goes very well with the other flavors, particularly the chocolate.
Medium mouthfeel and high carbonation.
BeerBoxer (232) - Sacramento, USA - JAN 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus & bhensonb. Pours a dark chocolate color. Has a light sour aroma and a sour chocolate flavor.
ContemplateBeer (1343) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Holy Grale, Louisville. Aroma of coffee, almonds, bitter cocoa and slight fruitcake. Appearance is black with creamy light mocha head; carbonation was just enough to keep the head afloat without overdoing it. Flavor matched the nose with a very creamy; velvet like mouthfeel. Palate was creamy; the finish quite clean. A nice porter-pleasant and quaffable.
bhensonb (9825) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours dark brown/black with strong ruby hilites. Aroma is vinous dark malt. Near med body. Smooth burnt malt flavor with barest hints of coffee and chocolate. Tends towards a lightly sour finish.
marcus (5615) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Beer Revolution. Pours black with a thick tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty carbonated smoked malt flavor with sour chocolate and a bitter finish.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at The Trappist. Nice to see this on tap, seeing as De Molen bottles are quite pricey in these parts. Murky dark brown color with a tan head of larger bubbles. Interesting tangy dried fruit, dark chocolate, and treacle aroma with light toasty and roasty malt as well. Lightly acidic dark malt in the flavor and a nice toasty dryness. Medium-light in body and pretty smooth. Nice and drinkable on the whole, with a dryness that makes it go down very easily.
thebeertourist (4522) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From bottle at Monks Cafe Sveavägen, Stockholm. Almost black with a huge, beige head. Plummy aromas, some chocolate. Dark fruits flavours, well-balanced. Body is relatively light. Highly interesting.
jtclockwork (6224) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of chocolate, bitter hops and coffee grounds. Light roasted coffee finish.
badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bock with a creamy light brown head. Good strong milk chocolate and cereal grain aroma and tasted with a roasted finish.