50belair (2219) - Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Tony. Black pour with a brown head. Roasted malt, cocoa, and a hint of bourbon in the nose. The flavors pretty much follow suit with the addition of some oaky notes.
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Highlights: Strong chocolate notes abundant when first placed on the table to 20 minutes afterward. I wouldnt say it dominated the drink but it certainly does stand out. Vanilla and hearty roasted, near charred, malt body. Pepper spice provides some zest with a citrus whip cutting through the glass. A bit of molasses and maybe a touch of toasted marshmallow sweetness. Lowlights: Was not XXII.
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber at Rose & Crown in Palo Alto. Pours a dark color that was indiscernible from pitch black in the low light. A small one-finger tan head sits on top. Rich aroma of dark chocolate, roast, orange, and bourbon. The flavor has a bit more alcohol than I’d like (not really fair to say this as the "best after" date was still a ways out), but other than that it was very tasty. Dark chocolate adding a bit of sweetness, roast, oak, vanilla, and bourbon. Rather full-bodied and mildly boozy with soft carbonation. Really solid overall. Not quite XX or XXI, but very good.
BenDover (201) - Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at the Deschutes Brewery Public House, in Portland. A deep, dark, black, thin bit of tannish foam. Aroma is roasty, with some chocolate and coffee. On the flavor: roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, and a pleasant alcohol burn. I truly did not taste the alleged oranges. Wonderful stuff -- almost but not quite on par with, say, Founder’s Kentucky Breakfast Stout.
Beerona97 (2397) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2012 Sample at the Rhino in Missoula. I have a bottle that I am saving until it gets cold so I was glad to be able to try this on tap. It was however 90 degrees outside and I had walked a mile to the bar, tried this beer and a few others, then walked back. Not the greatest combination. Anyway, Pours solid black, frothy brown head. Aroma of cream, roast malt, vanilla, light bourbon. Taste is roasty, sweet with malts and vanilla, bitter chocolate, wood, some alcohol, light bitter finish. Really thick texture, chewy, a meal indeed......Got around to my bottle. Aroma has tons of molasses, plum, raisin, leather, with a decent amount of wood/bourbon but not at all boozy. Taste is great, a little more boozy, even with the half year of age in the bottle. Lots of molasses sweetness with tobacco, cocoa/dark chocolate/coffee bitterness. It has aged well, but would still be better with another 6mo-1year on it I think.
portableparty (1909) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle snifter. Pour dark brown black with a thin tahki head that fades to a collar. Aroma roasted burnt malt chocolate and coffee. Taste is more of the above with a bitterness throughout and a creamy richness too. Palate is full and sticky with a dry finish. Awesome!
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - AUG 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a thick, light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing. Aroma of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla, sweet orange and light bourbon/oak. Flavor is bitter chocolate and burnt coffee with some spicy chilies and a bit of boozy vanilla and bourbon. Full body with soft carbonation and a dry, slightly chalky mouth feel. This is a great beer, I was a bit scared when I heard they put chilies in this but they are very subtle and work great with the chocolate flavors.
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and bourbon aroma with vanilla. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla and caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and bourbon flavor with vanilla and caramel.
k9coug (101) - USA - AUG 8, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oranges and chocolate, like those candies from my youth. Can’t go wrong. Found this bottle mismarked in Bend, only one left. Next day had it at the source. Much better there, but might have been the ambiance.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared with friends. Super dark pour, thick and oily, very RIS like. Aroma of chocoalte, cocoa, slight orange peel and bourbon. Flavor is very much the same. I probably wouldn’t have known this was a porter if my eyes were closed.