masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to brewdad for the bottle. Poured an opaque black into the glass. Smell was bittersweet chocolate. Taste had lots of chocolate as well, nice balancing bitterness, creamy, and a touch of coffee. Really nice example of the style.
leaparsons (9779) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, Beers of the World Live, NEC. Dark brown with a beige head. Aromas are earthy roast malts with molasses. Coffee with some sour berries. Flavours are bitter roast malts and chocolate. Yeasty with a dry finish. Decent.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2009 V - Cola like appearance with some carbonation and dark dark brown color. Thinnish head.
A - Caramel, malt, oats, yeast
T - coffee, chocolate
P - Smooth finish
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 8, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 10, 2008 Black, roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, nutty, slight coffee, smooth, sweet, with smoky finish.
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - JUN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Roasty and Toasty! Very noticable tones of chocolate and coffee...roasted to say the least...some hop balance in the finish, but overall...sort of sweet and syrupy...
vulcanmeister (250) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I love this stuff! One of my first forays into the world of "dark beers" after the unschooled years of light lagers. This beer pours dark brown with a creamy white head. Bouquet of caramel, nuts, and coffee.
Lovely roasted malt flavor with a nice balance of hops. Long sweet finish, chocolaty and a whisper of vanilla. Marvelous! Those guys in Bend really know what they’re doing!
elihapa (1545) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAY 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small cream head. Smells of cocoa, wood, and roasts. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. Flavor is very similar to their Obsidian Stout: dark chocolate, cocoa, intense roasted flavor, and chalk. Finish is pretty dry. Good blend, if you ask me. Well made overall, I think I prefer Deschutes’ Obsidian stout slightly for its more intense flavors.) 3.7
gbdub (73) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep but translucent brown, thick cream-brown head that laces nicely. Seems quite fizzy. Roast malt with a sweetish hint of chocolate in the aroma. Some piney/citrusy notes as well. Medium body with somewhat sweet roasted coffee flavor, with a touch of the citrusy hoppiness near the end. Also some real smokiness that lingers. Pretty tasty.
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAY 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber/black color. No light traveling throug these colors. Smells of roasted malt. Not as watery as expected. Pretty darned good.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 22, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent porter that is exactly as described: Malty, chocolatey, somewhat nutty. A little bitter toward the end. This is a very drinkable beer, but doesn’t really compare to Deschutes Obsidian, which is it’s bigger, stronger, bolder stout brother.