TAR (2550) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught @ DBC: Eclipsed ruby. Nonuniform dirty-white head lives a short life. Husky malt (burnt popcorn) aromas with subtle notes of sassafras, cola, smoke, chocolate wafer cookie, hazelnut, raisin, tarry java. Foamy residue plagues the tongue as the seltzery carbonation fizzles. Airily roasty and intensely grainy with a profoundly dull and depthless "papery" roast character which is worsened by severely husky burnt malt. Cacao nibs contribute earthiness while a distant twinge of black licorice adds sweetness and a bit of cling. A fluttering raisiny fruitiness gently exudes alongside creamed coffee and wafer cookie, as well. Trace chocolate vibrancy comes and goes, though it’s not nearly sturdy enough to withstand the body-hampering huskiness. Finishes lightly charred and everlastingly husky with a cottony flourish of roasty dryness timidly shadowed by smoke and cocoa. A very husky beer, which makes it undrinkable for me. And a rather insufferable mouthfeel to boot, as, once again in a DBC beer, the carbonation is extremely firm, pointy, and intrusive.
rosskyle (318) - - FEB 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on tap at Denver Beer Co. Black color with a off white head. Malt coffee aroma. Chocolate smoked sweet burnt malt flavor. Medium light sticky body.
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jinroh (939) - ESTONIA - FEB 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark but really brown, delicate head, not too much of it. Looks somewhat hazy - although its dark so even if it was translucent, I wouldn’t see through. I was trying to pair it with a steak, so probably should have read about this chocolate thing before. Aroma was sweetish, loads of vanilla and a bit of milk chocolate together with ginger bread. Taste was more of the same, vanilla, ginger bread and spicy milk chocolate. Smoke as well, and I liked that part. Just a hint of roast malts, sweet and velvety mouthfeel. Overall, I guess would be nice next to a campfire, a bit too much of vanilla for me. Don’t really know what Graham Crackers are, but based on this beer can guess that they are not bad :D
GTAEgeek (1663) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. can. Black pour, with a medium, frothy, light brown head. The nose is molasses, dark chocolate, chicory, and some light peat. Sweet and very malty, with a light bitterness that balances quite nicely. Medium to heavy body, chalky, syrupy, and thick. This is a fun, well-made, and tasty porter.
CObiased (183) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can - pours a rich dark chocolate brown with some small chunky particulates and a very thin tan head. Enticing aroma of chocolate, cinnamon/spice, caramel and a whiff of coffee. This semi sweet ale has a thinner than expected body. Flavors that come through are cocoa, coffee, nutmeg, toffee and snickerdoodle. A good beer for dark beer newbies to try.
RABinCO (1509) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can into a goblet. Deep opaque brown pour with a slight tan head. Aroma is, well, graham cracker. Vanilla, spice, roasted biscuit. Taste is roasted malts, hints of coffee, bittersweet chocolate, like cinnamon spice. Chewy. Sweet. Nice and warming, but could never do more than 1 in a sitting.
tricyclist (1124) - Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Large sample pour of deep brown with amber edges. Plenty of caramel and zesty notes, a little cinnamon and some chocolate notes. Flavor follows, nutty sweet, caramel and light chocolate notes. Smooth medium body, easy drinking. 17052015
willisread (1574) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from Tanakaya. Drank straight from the can. Good chocolate aromas with some light roasted malt, cinnamon and graham crackers. Taste is quite similar with less of the graham crackers and more of the roasted malt and chocolate. Fairly light bodied and well-balanced albeit a tad sweet. Nice enjoyable porter.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can from Antenna America. This is a GABF Bronze Medal Winner in the 2011 Specialty Beer Category. Pouring pitch black into my pint glass with a tan head, it’s a good looking beer. The aroma is a luscious chocolate with light graham biscuit notes. Fairly light bodied, the taste is sweet vanilla, bitter chocolate syrup and mild graham. If you’re looking for a sweet Porter this’ll fit the bill nicely.
commonmac (819) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Union Station in Denver. Really cool communal space. Consumed with willyP and wanderkate. Dark black with minimal head. Off white in color. Little bit of graham cracker on the nose and roasted malts. Maybe some marshmallow sugary notes. Taste has some sweetness but the flavor is definitely more mild than I would like. If you’re going for a graham cracker, I want you to really go for it. Some mild chocolate bitterness at the end. Overall it’s approachable but not very memorable.
nearbeer (4472) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can. Pours opaque brown-black with a disappearing foam above. Nose is roasted grain, wheat and vanilla. Taste is coffee, berry, dusty grain and vanilla. A light touch of herby hop on the finish. Near-medium body is a little to the sweet side but overall balanced in a drinkable way. Low carbonation level is nice.