michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Capone’s: Aroma of malt, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, chocolate syrup, and toasted almonds. Poured pitch black in color with a small, loose, brown head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, and more around the edges. Opaque. Not sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of cream, vanilla, malt, slight roasting, coffee, toasted almonds, and cocoa. Medium body. Lightly dry, slightly sticky texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, cocoa, cream, vanilla finish is lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
Chalsk (973) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On the Fourth Day of Christmas 2011 the beer gods gave to me... one great porter - on tap at Capone’s. Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Aroma of caramel, slight chocolate, slight coffee, with some esters of roast and earthiness. Has a sweet roasty taste with a nice bitter layer. Coffee notes are underneath. Very well-balanced. Damn tasty.
Leafs93 (1517) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the fourth day of Christmas 2011. Pours black with thin tan head. Aroma is faint smoke, dark chocolate and roasty coffee. Taste is sweet with a smooth and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Overall this was excellent.
Ernesto987 (3041) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
on tap in charleston SC, jet black, vanilla and toasty biscuit flavors, very roasty with a decent amount of sweetness. Delicious dessert-like finish.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at local option... Pours a medium cola shaded hue, slightly transparent, and topped with a thin quickly dissipating medium tan head... Nutty, vanilla, and a bit if roasted malt, sweet through the middle... Thin lively mouthfeel with flavors centered around caramel, roast, sweetened vanilla, and a touch if nuttiness. Thin mouthfeel. Easy going. Carbonation a touch distracting and finish with a modicum of bitterness.
blipp (5476) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasty and sweet malty aroma, with toffee and vanilla. The flavor has roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, coffee, and toffee. Solid.
bp (759) - Queens, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft: dark black with a tan head, coffee, roasted malt aroma, taste of coffee, chocolate, malt. Nice!
DeputyAndy (632) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Churchills with James and Andrew. Electricity was off and i’m deep in to beer. Pours a pitch black with slight mocha head. Aroma is strong chocolate. Taste is smooth and very chocolatey. More dark chocolate than milk chocolate. Really nice and surprising.
zdk (1789) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Rattle n Hum for 12% imports night - Blacker/browner than night pour. The nose is blackstrap molasses and campfire. Dark malts and baking chocolate in the body, with more molasses and prunes and nuts. There’s a sweet edge but not overly done. I expected something a bit more cookie-like for something called "biscotti" but I guess that’s referring more to the almonds (which I didn’t get a whole lot of). Some carbonic notes that put me off a bit. Good, but not great.
Roonai (245) - - SEP 9, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at hangers and lace in wicker park as park of a six pac and wow did I save the best for last! Pour is near black with a brown head that dissipated to the edges. Nose is an awesome mix of caramel vanilla chocolate and coffee complex and balanced. Taste has similar notes but subtle so not flying or overwhelming. Well balanced and delicious!