ineedbeer (786) - 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 (4956) - 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 (8239) - 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 (2291) - 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 (1011) - 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 (3699) - 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 (1053) - 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.
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2014 Bottle shared at Bruce’s 30th Birthday Bash - CBC Clerkenwell, London. Thanks to the ever-generous Bruce himself! Pours dark brown with a fine, beige cream head. Big chocolate malt nose, some milk chocolate, general dark sugars. Big sweet flavor, some charred malts, more dark sugars, moderate roast. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Warming finish with bitter cocoa, charred wood, roasted malts, dark cocoa. Rich and very tasty. (April 2013, Score: 4.0)
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014 London Sunday Tasting. Pours clear brown with a foamy tan head. The nose holds old chocolate, bread, ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with slight oxidation, earth, char, strong roast, burnt sugars. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet finish with sturdy bitter charred grains, roasted malts, dried blackberries. Not bad. (August 2014, Score: 3.5)
oneeighthcuban (106) - - APR 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very bitter on the finish with notes of chocolate and coffee. I think I prefer the newer version over this one. Very tasty but a little too astringent.
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