AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, doesn’t it feel just great to drink a proper porter? Black pour with a frothy tan head. Wonderful nose of chocolate (running the spectrum from white to dark), vanilla, marzipan, oak, and roasted malts. I’d have given it a 10 if, ceteris paribus, it were a little stronger (meaning more obvious to the nose, not necessarily different in its constituent notes). Smooth, medium-to-heavy body with austere carbonation. Taste is sweet and only sufficiently bitter, with a mild boozy component, with an earthy but sweet finish.
jrob21 (3405) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little bit of a boozy chocolatey porter. A bit more body and flavor kicked up from a straight up porter. Another solid big beer from these guys. Smooth and delicious.
rubbishystuff (2300) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 From WLVL. This is fantastic, silky smooth, full flavored, and way too drinkable for the high strength. Maybe some brewer’s liquorice in there too. Serving: Bottle
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - NOV 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ipanema Bar, Thessaloniki: Black colour with very small tanned head. Aroma of raisins, berries, chocolate and coffee. Taste of coffee and berries. Full body, low carbonation and a light bitter aftertaste. Overall, I was absolutely amazed! Gonna try it again.
sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - NOV 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a deep black with no head apparent. Aroma of dark chocolate and some citrus hops. Full, oily body. Flavour is dark chocolate, berry fruit and some liquorice.
UDBeernut (2615) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle pours deep dark murky brown with ruby edges. No head what so ever. Nose has nice debittered chocolate and slight roast. Taste pretty much follows in order with adequate bitterness and addition of licorice. Light notes of citrus on finish. Body is full, very light carbonation.
haukur (1711) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lost my notes on this one but here goes anyway. dark dark dark brown with no head. Very vinegary and sweet. Roasty and sticky sugary finish.
RoyB (23) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from 9 sept 2011, pours a nice dense off-white head. Taste of laurel, bitter chocolate, hoppy bitterness that lasts long in the mouth. Slight dark fruits, slight alcohol. The taste was special and quite complex, still somehow not my favorite imperial porter. The bitterness combined with this specific aroma is something i have to get used to.
jredmond (7408) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Vin. Pours deep, murky brownish black body with nice off white head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is deep rich roast, chocolate, dark fruit and a nice, fresh hop balance. Mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation and notes of chocolate, citrus hops, light bitter pine, toasted chocolate malts, dark fruits and licorice. Awesome porter.
VsXsV (3906) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, Belgo yeast esters, anise and raw sugar. Taste is light sweet and light to medium bitter with notes of chocolate, dark fruit and licorice. Medium to full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Nice stuff.