bb (6532) - 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 (99) - 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.
amg800 (237) - Ada, Michigan, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours jet black with a caramel head and good lacing.
Oak, chocolate & bourbon aroma.
Chewy, full bodied, really good.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ordered this bottle online. Served in a Captain Lawrence tulip at a recent tasting. Reviewed from tasting sheet notes.
Pours a very dark brown with a moderate light tan head and a bit of lacing on the sides of the glass. The nose carries some light orange zest and chocolate plus a fair amount of roast and some light coffee. Light almost chile-like character there. Flavor is so-so and not up to par with the XX and XXI versions, which is a big disappointment, as I had really been looking forward to this recipe when XXII was announced. Light orange and chocolate with heavy roast. Medium body and a dry finish. Very roasty. Nothing really melded in this one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-17-2011
BeerandBlues2 (9001) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roasted, coffee, toffee, chocolate), dark fruits (prune, dates), licorice, light peppery alcohol and earthy, floral hops. Flavor is moderately bitter hops and roast malt with spicy alcohol warmth and earthy hop flavors; licorice and dark fruits enter late. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a dry finish.
maley1 (625) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark, almost black pour with tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, bourban and caramel. Nice creamy mouthfeel with taste of sweetened chocolate, cocoa and oak. Very good beer.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into a pint glass. Black color with a slow-rising cocoa head that puffs up and leaves some nice lacing. Aroma displays milk chocolate and vanilla with very little roasted character. Clearly a porter, not a stout. Flavor displays a slightly boozy chocolate note, like a bourbon cordial, along with plenty of candied orange and dark caramel. Pretty sweet overall but not egregiously so. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and sticky but again it’s not bad. This beer could use a little fine-tuning but I enjoyed it well enough.
Nikiel (863) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with Andrew. Pours dark brown with mocha head. Smells of bourbon and chocolate. Tastes sweet and lightly bitter of cocoa, and cayenne with hints of bourbon and oak.
DalzAle (1899) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Inky black pour, ring of thick carbonation and lacing and an aroma of semi-sweet chocolate, bourbon and a hint of orange. Flavor is rich bitter chocolate which mellows into vanilla, woody bourbon, and again just a hint of orange. Still pretty hot on the aftertaste, but still great fresh and has great potential for aging.