cladinshadows (48) - 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.
gkeh (401) - Texas, USA - MAY 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown pour, dark tan head. Just lovely looking. Aroma is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malts, coffee tones. Creamy mouth feel with a nice blend of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Very, very nice.
popway (149) - California, USA - APR 23, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A fine offering from Drakes Bought at the brewery
Bottled 3/23. It is about a month old ...poured in a snifter
Tan head over black body greets me
Aroma is coffee, mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy akin to a Three Musketeers
bar. Balanced roasted malts meet coffee linger on the palate.
A good experience. Nothing lacking or compromised.
ffbot (310) - Oakland, California, USA - APR 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a deep still black, tiny little head with tiny little lacing. Smell is nutty, chocolate, black coffee. Taste follows. Bitter coffee and sweet dark chocolate battle it out with chocolate eventually winning and leaving a sweetened palate
Bosskie (703) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black, beautiful brownish head, bubbly.
Smell is tiramisu - sweet coffee with cinnamon, caramel, biscuit, subtle and warm bitterness. Liquorice and chocolate.
Taste is watery bitter, with subtle ash and nice fizz. Chocolate sticky oiliness with a bitter chewy finish. Leaves a fresh herby feel on the tongue. Beautiful balance - delicious!
DSG (11246) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 14, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[2/1/16] Draught at Hop Grenade in Concord. Black with tan foam. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate. Bittersweet flavor, with roast, coffee, dark chocolate.
mR_fr0g (8283) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap the the barrel house. Pitch black coloured pour with a lasting sticky mid tan head. Aroma is robust rich black roasted barley, charcoal. Dark choc. Flavour is composed of milky coffee, dark roast, slight ashy, rich. Palate is medium sweet frothy airy carbonation, slightly creamy. Good.
Barreras (1505) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a black color with a robust dark malt aroma. Taste is roasted malt and dark roast coffee. A bitter malty aftertaste, with a lingering bittersweetness. An interesting semi sweet chocolate chip flavor in the end.
jcartamdg (2944) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet, motor oil, black with a thick mocha head. Aroma of bitter roast, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste follows, medium body, solid porter.
BrewHaMeister (416) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured dark chocolate brown with a tan head and oily lacing. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, and lactose. Flavor is medium cocoa bitter with a slightly sweet finish. Delicious.
k0mpsa (2348) - Tuusula, FINLAND - DEC 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at mikkeller bar, san francisco. Black color, smooth tanned head. Aroma has lots of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Balanced roasty taste, chocolate, coffee, some hops at the end. Very nice porter.