TAR (2518) - Lafayette, 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 itís 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.
Dogbrick (8664) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours a dark brown color with a medium foamy tan head that recedes gradually. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt, chocolate and vanilla. Light-bodied with flavors of roasted malt, graham crackers and chocolate. The finish is sweet with a chocolate malt and graham cracker aftertaste. Decent overall.
ajnepple (2541) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Coloradoís Best Beers in Conifer. Black appearance with a light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, light toffee, caramel malts, light earth and light roasted coffee notes. Similar flavor, adding medium sweetness and minimal bitterness. Light to medium body with a smooth, creamy feel, a little thin. Pretty tasty overall.
Errl (1732) - Plano, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extra from Wchesser..Thanks will!
Pour dark brown with a tan head..nose is dry, roast, spice, vanilla, chocolate...Taste is dry with some nice chocolate/smores flavor..
DiarmaidBHK (3558) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
can from Hazelís beverage world. Pours coca-cola brown with a thin brown head. Leaves a lot of lacing. has a bit of malt on the nose. Lots of nuttiness on the tongue which is an interesting twist on the porter. finishes clean. Not bad.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
"There sure seamed to be a plethora of quality flavored porters on this trip and this one qualifies. Actually went there for this beer. Solid feel - not thin, fairly robust for the abv. Flavor and aroma very pleasant chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, dark fruits and a wisp of smoke. Well done."
That1Guy (1963) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Picked up a 12 oz can of this one. Sweet. Opaque brown/black with a tan head and decent lacing. Definite chocolate and vanilla on the nose, with a bit of roast and coffee. Light bodied, maybe a bit undercarbonated. Flavor is more chocolate and vanilla. No off-flavors to speak of, just pretty bland overall.
Danyel (1074) - Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Aroma is roasty, vanilla, no graham cracker... Taste is dry, bitter, smooth, medium carbonation. Overall, itís nothing impressive.
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Recommended by a local I met at another brewery, this was indeed a great beer. Black of course, and the graham aroma brought me back to my youth. The flavor is quite mocha-like. Sweet, an utterly rich dessert beer, exceptional in the narrow category. (#5640, 8/24/2014)
vipinvelp (2360) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - AUG 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, light smoke, vanilla, and chocolate. Taste is sweet with chocolate, light smoke, vanilla, caramel, and prune. However also quite bitter. (Houston 201408)
Ernest (6345) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark brown to black.
Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation.
Simple and generic...vanilla-choco-roast, which almost every porter/stout has at a bare minimum...would love to find the advertised smoked cedar and maybe a touch of the mulling spices, but nope...just the usual suspects in this one. Pretty much the definition of average. Needs more finishing bitterness and a less syrupy body...itís not much fun to drink.