kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours a murky, dark cola color; fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Nougat and caramel in the aroma; roasted malts; slightly watery. Medium mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation (or, if not fizzy, very close); very much a cola-driven porter; while the milk chocolate and roastiness is in there, this is more of a session porter than a chewy one; I donít care much for the unchecked carbonation. Medium, cola and milk chocolate finish; some roasted malts.
emacgee (4585) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2007 Dark brown pour that sits black in the glass. The head is thin and light tan. The aroma is sweet, some caramel, bunt popcorn, not too bad. The flavor is sweet, light roast, woody, meaty/nutty, dark malts. The palate is smooth with a woody finish.
AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
nice black brown pour with little head - excellent bitter chocolate aroma is followed by nice hints of chocolate and coffee and a small amount of caramel sweetness - tastes a lot like Sam Adams Cream Stout but a bit thinner
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a tan thick head. nice lacing. hints of coffee and chocolate. palate is extremly thin, its almost surprising b/c you expect alot more as soon as its poured
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
well water and bitter chocolate stood out the most; a bit thin; could use something to counter the bad watery taste... donít know why, but it wasnít happening for me; i prefer anchor porter...
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2010 On tap, pours almost black with a medium dark head. Nice aroma, mostly malt and chocolate, with a touch of smoke. Clean taste, not overwhelming, same as the nose, with chocolate, some molasses, smoke, all well balanced. Good offering
cgarvieuk (20756) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Stockholm beer festival ... Deep black ... sweet ovaltine malt ... sweet roast malts little chocolate ... good balance.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
9-26-07 bottle. Black amber color with thick foamy head. Roasted coffee aroma with hints of caramel. A little flat and unmoving on the tongue. WIsh it was more creamy and not so light on the tongue. Too bouncy for what I was expecting. Beautiful flavor and aroma and even appearance but a let-down on the palate. It isnít very rich or creamy - just smooth.
BelgianBeerGal (3720) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours an opaque black with a thin, tan head that disolves quickly. Aroma is of dry, ground coffee. Taste was roasted malt and slight unsweet chocolate. Short, finish. Solid porter.
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big thanks to franknbeans for this bottle.
Dark ruby brown/almost black colored pour with a nice tan head. Smell was mild but nice and of dark roast malt. Taste was dark and roasty bordering burnt. Mouthfeel was a bit too light, but was nicely carbonated. Could stand to be a touch thicker, and bolder, but still a nice roasty taste and a decent easy drinking porter