ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with a medium sized, tan head. The aroma is dark chocolate, coffee, roast and fairly vinous. The flavor is milk chocolate, slight roast, mild coffee and slightly tart. The medium body is never thin with slightly prickly carbonation. Well done porter, very drinkable.
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. black color. no head. roast aroma and taste. smooth and chokolaty. nice and pleasant. very nice.
duffman462 (175) - 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 (14943) - 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 (16) - 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.