Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
In short: A big sweet corpulent black beer with refreshing refreshing fruity flavors. Surprisingly drinkable.
How: Bottle 22oz, consumed when over one year of age.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is big dark malts mixed with light color fruits and a little something similar to used cigarette filter. Somewhat original and inviting aroma. Taste has vanilla beans, sponge cake, chocolate pudding, flour, blood oranges, other refreshing fruits, light notes of bourbon. The sweetness level is through the roof, this is a very sweet beer, even sweeter than most other beers of similar gravity. However despite the enormous sweetness there was also a lot of refreshing fruity flavors which greatly diminished the cloying sensation. The finish has a a refined flour (almost chalky) sensation that leaved a coated tongue. No alcohol presence whasoever. Extremely full body with plenty of carbonation, a very sumptuous mouthfeel. Strangely easy to drink despite the high sweetness, I liked this one a lot more than I thought I would. Sometimes I love a very sweet beer beer, sometimes I hate a very sweet beer, I’m probably the most mentally deranged person I’ve ever argued with.
RamyG4 (320) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma is cocoa, chocolate, orange, smells exactly like one of those chocolate orange things, with some bourbon as well. Taste is heavy bourbon up front, considerably more than the aroma suggests, with the chocolate and orange taking a backseat, although still present. Finish is bitter, slightly alcoholic with a little of the orange lingering. Full bodied, soft carbonation, silky creamy texture. Good, but I’d prefer a non-bourbon version of this.
ineedbeer (626) - Oakland, California, USA - JUL 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is fairly toasty with some chocolate notes as well. Light, sweet orange accents and some light bourbon character. Surprisingly has a low earthy hop aroma. More chocolate as it warms and less hops. Hints of caramel and toffee as it warms as well.
Pours a very dark brown but it isn’t quite black with a thick dark tan/light mocha head that slowly but steadily thins and recedes. Medium lacing and moderate legs. A slight head lingers on the edges with some film in the center.
Flavor is fairly sweet and instantly dominated by chocolate. Moderate orange character hits mid palate with a light, complimentary bourbon note. Roast is lighter than in the aroma and I do not pick up any hop flavor. Medium light bitterness and moderate alcohol spice in the finish. The flavor is similar to eating a chocolate orange while sipping on bourbon, but chocolate lingers more. Lots of lingering bitter chocolate as it warms.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with moderate carbonation. Very low astringency and moderate alcohol warmth.
Overall a really nice big porter. The chocolate really comes through but the bourbon and orange kind of hide the natural ester notes that I would expect to find in a porter. This has aged well and I am happy to report that I did not lose a finger while removing the wax.
JaBier (4730) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Darkest brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt, corn, caramel, chocolate and some citrus. Chocolate malt flavor with slight booze before a bitter finish.
Dogbrick (7585) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Beer Savant for sharing a bottle during his 50th birthday bash. Black pour with a medium thick foamy khaki head that recedes slowly. Partial rings of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt and coffee. Full-bodied with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and a bit of fruit. The finish is roasty with a malt and raisin aftertaste. Good beer all around.
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Dark pour with pale tan head. Light chocolate aroma. Full flavour with a chocolate edge, Malty finish
MrFecesious (903) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 11, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at green dragon. Opaque deep brown. Aroma is raisin, molasses, wood. Taste is raisin, dark chocolate, wood. Excellently dry.
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle, pours a deep dark browny/black, large mocha head quickly dies to a fine lacing on the glass. Aromas of oak, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits (dates, figs), dark chocolate, orange liquer (Cointreau), liquorice, blackstrap molasses, and bready notes, too. Flavour is dominated by the oaky, bourbon barrels, with the sweetness from the bourbon really shining through. Nice little peppery hop bite mid palate, followed by a hit of liquorice and bitter dark chocolate. Good, soft carbonation, full thick & oily mouthfeel, leading to a peppery, bourbon, bitter long finish. A damn fine quaff and ageing well!
djd07 (3282) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark brown with creamy medium tan head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong cocoa nibs and oak. Thin mouthfeel with sweet roasted malt and cocoa nibs flavor with nice sweet finish. A very good imperial porter from Deschutes.
Zymurgeist2 (939) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rosé and Crown. Pours very deep brown with a light brown head that fades quickly but leaves lacing. Boozy cocoa. Very bitter and full roast with bitter finish. Slightly hot with boozy bourbon notes.