cladinshadows (40) - 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.
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 (2947) - 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 (7316) - 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 (4085) - 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 (4796) - 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 (5080) - 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 (3103) - 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.
Fatehunter (1179) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours two fingers of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is rich roasted malt, chocolate, a little burnt wood and milk. Excellent.
The taste burnt, roasted malt with some chocolate to smooth it out. It stays on the roasty/bitter side.
The texture is softer with low carbonation.
jkwood04 (3798) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, some dark chocolate and coffee, light smokiness, hints of bitterness, and light notes of dark fruits. Flavor the same. Average texture. A solid porter.
novice101 (298) - - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown/black with a large mocha head, this beer smells of a lot of chocolate and some bitter coffee taste. Taste like chocolate and some coffee bitterness in the back, along with other notes such as caramel as well as biscuit.