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RATINGS: 524   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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Shall one compare thee to a fair beer, Not even this perfect porter before thou will do thee justice. Thou art more complex, brave and cunning. Thou have changed more than a brew will ever. Thou may be lil’, but thy mind is greater than words can speak and beer will ever taste.


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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 2, 2012
On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville. Rich, nearly black pour with a tan head. Nose of toasted nuts, complex coffee, chocolate, toffee, huge fruits--plums, prunes, raisins. So much going on here. A big, big beer, but not boozy or overwhelming. Palate was lighter than expected for the ABV as well. So tasty.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (618) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours pitch black with tan creamy head. Aroma has tobacco, very sweet, brown burn sugar, raisins, sherry and port. Taste is sugary, puddersukker, port, dark fruits, dark rich chocolate, cocoa, coffee, chocolate milk. Malty and fudge. Finish is malty and toasty and full creamy body. Dry cocoa powder. Well done.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Przemek1992 (66) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 21, 2015
Aromat fajny: słody karmelowe, kakao kawa, troche lukrecji. Smak: gładki o kremowej konsystencji, słodka czekolada, lekkie gorzkie nuty kawy, i wiśnie.

1.3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
crossovert (9596) - Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2015
355ml bottle. Dakr black pour, nail polish remover/acetone int eh aroma, flavor is same but worse, epic mess.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rejtable (1801) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 13, 2015
Bottle from bishops. Pours coffee black with leather tan head and minimal lacing. Nose is vanilla. Flavours of vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate dark fruit. Taste is huge sweet and big bitter. Full creamy mouth with medium carbonation. Nice beer!

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
katrinaez (626) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2015
No aroma but very smooth taste. Hints of chicory. Wife tastes licorice. Little head. Once again, smooth. A dangerous 11.5% beer. Bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zacgillbanks (3353) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2015 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours with a large foamy dark brown head which unfortunately rapidly disappears. It has a very rich cherry, plum and vanilla flavour, oak and leather notes with more boozy sweet red fruit on the oily finish. Pretty good but a bit to high in its ABV for me. However drinking it on day 2, it has a slightly smoother edge to the flavours. Better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b33r (726) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2015
Dark brown black color with almost no head, just a tiny thin medium brown ring, with faint messy lacing. Aroma has nice caramel, cocoa malts. Flavor is smooth and creamy, sweet chocolate, light bitter coffee notes, chewy toffee. Mouthfeel is thick and oily leaving my lips sticky. So very good!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mateuszk (1045) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 3, 2015
Draught. Pours pitch black, white small head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, dark chcolate, cofee, dried, fruits and unfortunately strong aldehyde which completely ruins greatness of the rest aroma. In taste sweet, quite roasty with dark chocolate. Dried fruits flavours. Here aldehyde is not so strong, yet still noticable. Full bodied, sweet finished with medium bitterness. Alcohol well hidden.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Tempo. Thanks Tom L. Black. Rich, deep aroma, of prune and liquor. Rich, liquor-like taste. Smooth texture, no carbonation, full body, long finish.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Panzerfaust (627) - Hanga Roa, Easter Island, CHILE - JUL 26, 2015
330 ml bottle from Club de Cervezas, Chile. Pours a pitch black color and, after a vigorous pour, just a small light brown head and a medium lacing. Aroma is densely malty with loads of chocolate, dark fruits, prunes, dates, licorice, Port Wine and burnt sugars. Intense stuff. Taste is sweet with some umami touches. Strong burnt sugars and chocolate can be felt throughout the whole mouthfeel without the slightest roasty bitterness or astringency. Maybe slightly too sweet for my taste. Bold and a little bit boozy, very warming. Oily texture, low carbonation. This is heavy stuff. A nice Imperial Porter, good sipper. The 330 ml bottle might be excessive for some.


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