JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour, small tan head. Brown sugar, sweetness, heavy fig and date, oatmeal cookie, and chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel. A nice beer, probably cellar a few.
boFNjackson (4024) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Deschutes’ Portland Pub... Poured jet black with a thick, frothy, eggy/off-white head. Nose had cocoa and a hint of roast. Thick body, actually a really nice mouthfeel. Probably the best thing about this beer is how it felt on the palate. Super fruity. Probably the fruitiest one from this series. With noticeable dates and other dark fruits. Even a hint of manderin-like tones. Some spice and heat in the middle of the flavor profile, but after swallowing this was resolved by clean malt and cocoa tones. Also some roast was there, but not too dominant. Some toasted sweetness too.
PorterPounder (5192) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Portland, Or - on tap at the Deschutes Portland Public House. Ink black pour, thick, sticky khaki colored head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and marshmallows. Flavor has an abundance of licorice, black coffee and creosote. Thick, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Excellent dessert.
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. first whiff is "what is this orange oil floor wax stuff doing in my porter?" huge dose of waxy black licorice spice and sharp dark chocolate as well. full-bodied, chewy, syrupy texture. strong dark chocolate and black patent char with a touch of wood oil and lemon / orange oils. char-heavy astringent finish. brutish chocolate and molasses sweetness thoughout; the fig / date actually do show up quite well, but I don’t think they’re in place in this beer. would love to try an unadulterated version to be sure of what we have here. certainly bold and powerful, but everything is loosely integrated.
portableparty (1908) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown black and shows a tight creamy khaki head that fades to a creamy looking film. Aroma has good roasted malt some dry fig scents and spice like cardamon. Taste is rich creamy malt and spice with hints of coco and notes of cardamon and some peat or smokiness pretty nice. Palate is full and somewhat chewy with a chalky warming finish. I really like this one!
smaynard6000 (550) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Pours jet black with small brown head. Aroma is mostly chocolate. Rich sweet malty flavor with chocolate notes. Just a hint of booziness. Full bodied with a creamy texture that coats the mouth and throat and leaves a bit of chocolate in the finish. Very enjoyable. Going to grab another bottle of this to store for a year or so.
tennisjoel (1154) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with adequate lacing, which is an off white color. Aromas of fig, bourbon, smoke, and chocolate. Complex concoction, with a kick from the ABV. Warming in the tummy, but not harsh, which is a positive. Flavors of bourbon, fig, and soy are presented. As with most beers in this group, this is much better served at a warmer temperature. A good beer to sip by a fire in the dead of winter, even though I happen to be enjoying it now in the middle of August.
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark black pour, lasting dark brown head and an aroma of boubony dates and chocolate. Flavor is creamy rich leather, vegetal figs, a little soy/smoke and a nice rounded finish of slightly warming bourbon. Nice beer all around and well priced. Not my favorite of the series though.
brokensail (9918) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is black in color with a big tan head. The nose starts off with a heavy roasted malt component, a touch of ash, and some coffee and chocolate. There is a fair amount of anise, mild dates, and a pretty heavy dose of figs. The flavor is quite heavy on the anise, dates, and figs, as well as the strong roasted malt. Some acrid coffee and roast, a touch of chocolate, light bourbon and alcohol as well. This is probably my least favorite of the series thus far.
BMan1113VR (7787) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a black hued body with a medium sized off-white to tan head. Aromas are of chocolate, spices, tangerine, cacao, toasted malt, dates, figs, vanilla, roasted. Some Black Patent like ashy character. Flavors are vanilla, ashy, campfire. Rich leather notes, alcohol, vanilla, vinous, dark fruits, dates and tobacco. Lots of chocolate. Medium to low carbonation, rich, low tannin.