duffman462 (173) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark. Lots of roasted malt here. Hints of chocolate and roasted nuts. A bit thin, and not a lot of complexity. Average porter.
Theis (13288) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - First newbie tasting club - Lars brought it. Black - offwhite head. Burned, berries, licorice, medium hoppy, nice smooth - drinkable but give it some more of everything !!
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to BuckeyeBoy for trading this one to me. What a beautiful pour. Almost black with a big tan head. The aroma is wonderful. Rich bitter chocolate and malts. Flavor is malts, chocolate and light coffee. Maybe just a touch of smoke also. The body was just a little thin but overall this is a very nice beer. Thanks again Jeremy.
limalimamoli (52) - Oceanside, California, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with slight translucency.
A nice head of brown rise quarter inch.
Aromatics are filled with dark roasted malts, coffee notes and underlying fruit. .
Some light vanilla notes finish out the nose.
Mouthfeel is medium, with some mild, prickly carbonation.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma and flavor off toffee and carmel. Pleasant roasted malt. Fairly tasty.
TheKegergator (241) - California, USA - FEB 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a great black color with a nice dark tan head that lasted decently. The smell is very good. Very rich nose to it. Taste is very good and very smooth, with a hint of roast on the back end of the swig. This is another soid brew from Deschutes, very good brew.
hepburn82 (143) - SCOTLAND - FEB 2, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. A well balanced, tasty and enjoyable porter. Deschutes seem to make only good beer. Clean lingering coffee and chocolate flavors with some bitterness in the finish. Great looking stuff and very tasty.
NikonTheDog (13) - Hawaii, USA - JAN 29, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
To me it seemed somehow thin for a dark beer, but not necessarily in a bad way—a little lighter, hoppy with a tad of coffee-esqueness or maybe even tea. Refreshing, crisp but somehow seeming like a young beer, a new recipe. Fresh, hip, tasty but not yet proven by the test of time. A light froth head clings precariously to the glass sides, itself like an interesting youth—someone or thing with potential but not yet a realized potential. Does drinking it help realize its potential? Allow it to mature and come into its own? I can only try.
beedman (60) - Wonju, SOUTH KOREA - JAN 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle thanks to Dave. Pours a very dark, dark velvet red with plenty of off white foam. Aroma is toffee. Taste is fairly smooth with plenty of burnt flavours - coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Very easy drinking when cold, as it warms it looses carbonation quickly and becomes more complex, with the hops emerging more, but still well balanced with the malt. Nice Porter.
bhensonb (10792) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of toasted malt and coffee grounds - but no chocolate. Dark brown color with no head. Starts with a full mouthfeel, roasted malt and coffee. A sour note underlies the rest, and I still don’t get chocolate. The carbonation makes things a bit confusing. Really fizzy aspect, but that seems to render this more rapidly drinkable. Happy feet in the mouth. Finishes with a level of bitterness that is reasonable. One can almost imagine some malty sweetness, but it’s roast, coffee, and enough hop to round it out. It changes a bit as it warms. Really worth drinking.