billb (245) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty true to the style but without significance. I may have had it too cold, but the aroma was weak and the palate was exceptionally smooth for the style. Not much up front, but nice hints on the back. Roasty and chocolatey with hints of alcohol.
Atom (2096) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle courtesy of GT2. Pours a dark brown/cola with ruby highlights and a thin khaki head. Aroma is predominately cocoa powder, raisin, and dark malts. Taste similar to aroma with some coffee and burnt earthy flavors on the finish. Not bad, not exciting.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle shared by GT2: Pours a barely transparent dark mahogany with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty dark caramel and nutty nose with a touch of diacetyl. Starts with decent fullness and toasty dark maltiness with a touch of burnt popcorn and dark chocolate before a drier bittersweet finish. An average porter at best. Could use a little more body and complexity.
Travlr (20280) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of GT2, thanks! Another country rate, this time from Oklahoma. Clear maroon brown, small tan head. Aroma of boozy chocolate syrup. Taste is light cocoa powder and american coffee. The style actually blends well with the dark but light bodied African beers we had earlier in the tasting.
argo0 (12928) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle, thanks GT2. Small tan head atop cola black body. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some roast, light earthy. Soft light-medium body.
anders37 (22257) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
Ratman197 (12818) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Emmasdad (thanks Dan ) poured a clear dark brown with a lasting tan head. Aromas of cocoa, earthiness, light licorice, light roastiness and a hint of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa, coffee and light licorice with a smooth lingering roasty cocoa finish.
BeerandBlues2 (11831) - Escondido, California, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle gifted by Ratman. Pours black with an average, creamy tan head, medium-long retention with light lacing. Aroma is heavy coffee, chocolate, roast, and nutty malt with light earthy hops and dark fruit notes of prune and dates; some licorice notes late. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and roast malt with light hop notes and dark fruits; dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.
Tmoney99 (13157) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal frothy off-white head that was mostly diminished with little lacing. Solid roasted chocolate malt aroma. Medium body with dry smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium chalky finish of moderate duration. A beer that did not meet my expectations.
alexsdad06 (8432) - Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The nose has chocolate, roasted malt with a slightly nutty note. The flavor shows similar qualities as the nose, but is very powdery and chalky, to the point that it is distracting. Finish is dry with mild bitterness. Get rid of the chalky component and this would have been decent.