cladinshadows (44) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. bottle. Aroma is mainly dark chocolate with a hint of hops and some toasty malt. Appearance is jet black with minimal head but excellent lacing and clear with dark ruby highlights. The defining flavor of this beer is bittersweet chocolate, and some slight dark fruit and toasty flavors mingle in the background. It strikes an excellent balance for the black patent malt fans out there. The palate is satisfyingly rich but the roasted malt, carbonation, and hops clean it right out so that it never seems over-the-top. The finish is long and satisfying and might be longer if I wasn’t compelled to take another sip so soon. Overall this may be my favorite commercial porter and fits in perfectly with other classic examples such as Heretic’s Shallow Grave, Deschutes Black Butte, and Anchor Porter.
AirForceHops (3144) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft sample with a great dry roasted nose of chocolate and ground coffee. Nice thicker \ fuller body. Really great flavor for a under 7 % ABV porter. Nice layers of dark malts with a creamy Nitro pour, well it takes like it was on Nitro. Smooth as all hell.
AdamJackson (2565) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black throughout. Nose is creamy, chocolate and espresso bean. Very creamy mouthfeel. Wish it was a bit sharper (think HFS everett) but the signs are all there to be a great porter. Burnt oak finish
Stuedmaster (208) - Vista, California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a solid, strong porter. 22 oz. bottle, pours rich and black with a small tan head that fades fast. Aroma of coffee, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, toasted grain, and sweet malt. Taste is lightly sweet, medium bitter, and light sour, with a slight mineral saltiness. Has a clean finish, with a hint of spices and herbs. Has an overall dry feel, but is tasty and even good in the summer.
Wegro (331) - Fresno, California, USA - JUN 25, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
really very good all around. lots of dark chocolate notes and earthiness followed by an interesting hop character. mouthfeel is just right, not too prickly or foamy. very dark pour with a nice tan head. hard to go wrong with this one
JulienHuxley (3020) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at DTE tasting. Deep black pour with tan head. Aroma is roasty, nice chocolate aroma, full roast, pretty classic porter, light hoppiness. Taste is chocolatey, lots of caramel, light roastiness on the finish but not very bitter at all. Palate is med-light bodied with good carbonation. Good.
Benzai (8146) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ DTE tasting shared with Deanso, kermis, sic1314, JulianHuxley and jmgreenuk. Pitch black color, average sized brown head. Smell and taste malts, lightly roasty, nicely bitter but not too much. Not my best rating but I got distracted a bit and liked it too much so drank it a bit too quickly. Nice one!
jmgreenuk (4276) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the DTE tasting, Den Haag. Poured a deep mahogany with round light tan head. The aroma is earthy mineral roasted malt. The flavour is medium bitter light sweet with a smooth creamy chocolate coffee light spicy hop bitter palate. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
kermis (4977) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at the DTE tasting thanks to Benzai. Pours near black with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, toffee, a little dark fruitiness. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Over medium bodied with soft carbonation. Good for the ABV.
deanso (5201) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
66cl bottle shared @THT.
Thin creamy tan head. Clear black pour. A lovely smooth porter. Very enjoyable
sic1314 (3235) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured deep dark brown with a dense beige head. Aroma of roast malt, coffee grinds. Medium body, flavour as the aroma, bitter sweet finish.