RedSox2004 (1200) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown, just this side of black, with a tan head and little lace. Toasted malt and dark fruit on the nose, some smokiness evident. Burnt firewood gives way to a mild caramel and dark fruit sweetness, Medium body, sticky mouthfeel, no carbination and a lingering dark fruit sweetness. There, I’ve had a beer from Iceland.
DavidWoodruff (390) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Dark brown, almost black with a thin tan head.
Flavor: Dark roasted malt, coffee and mild to medium hop bitterness.
Palate: Medium to light bodied.
Overall: Definitely an American style porter.
mjg74 (2478) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cost Plus. Black in color. Tasty roasted malts with a good deal of sweetness. Great balance of flavors. Very good.
thewolf (11097) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, bought @ Bierzwerg.de. Pours deep black with a lovely, staying, creamy, beige head. Aroma has roasted malts, dark chocolate, slightly metallic. A bit of hazelnuts. Medium carbonation, fine creamy and light dry mouthfeel. Flavour is roasted, good dark chocolate, light grassy. Firm malty bitterness. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (6760) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle pours with a dark body supporting a mocha colored head of foam. The aroma offers up dark roasted malts, earthy malts, a touch of smoke, some milk chocolate and a slight spicy black licorice sensation. The impression of the taste is this is a rich and roasty yet small imperial stout like and I have no problem with that. I get dark roasty malts to slightly burnt to coffee notes moving into a toasted molasses candy like sensation. This is hitting the spot right now and I get what seems like a faint smokiness well off in the background pulling together for enhanced interest. Nice stuff.
unstablefable (224) - SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ashtonmcobb Pours a opaque black, fine a fair mocha head, aroma is watery chocolate milk, followed by coffee. Taste is a touch dark chocolate which moves into liquorice and then charcoal, really dry finish. Medium body, really lasting palate.
AshtonMcCobb (2310) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle from Appellation Wines. Pours opaque black with a big crema head. The nose has a savoury salty note and as the head dies the milk chocolate comes through followed by coffee. The taste has initially dark chocolate but it progresses into liquorice and a subtle charcoal note which is light but persists. The palate has a medium body with a long elegant finish. Overall, I was surprised how persistent and elegant this is based upon my initial impression.
DruncanVeasey (7097) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Booth’s, Ulverston. Pours tar with a generous, subsiding tan collar. Aroma of rye bread, grilled pepper, prune, crushed fennel seed and bitter chocolate. Smooth and full with a cocoa-like powderiness; charcoal and bitter chocolate; some burnt paper, yeast extract and mint humbug-like suggestions. Some lactic softness and hints of fennel/aniseed. Pretty good.
grimreaperguru (231) - santee, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a very dark ruby red that is almost black with a dark brown head. The aroma is of roasted coffee. The flavor was of sweet malt and roasted coffee. The body was full with a creamy texture that went down smooth. Overall a good first impression by the Einstok brewers.
MattH (635) - California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Redondo Beach. Dark brown pour. Tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Nice flavor of quality coffee, malt ball, chocolate syrup, and roasted malts.