blipp (7347) - San Diego, California, 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 (838) - New York, 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 (636) - 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 (1852) - 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 (305) - - 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!
jredmond (6659) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 30, 2012 Draft at Churchill’s pub with dallas and Andrew. Pours a deep hazy brown with nice thick off white lacing. Aroma is pure dark chocolate, light coffee, roast and biscuit. Mouthfeel is creamy, medium to thin with same notes plus a hint of almond.
argo0 (12501) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Small tan head, black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some cocoa, roast, light smoke. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, some bittersweet chocolate, light smoke, almond. Smooth medium-full body, light stickiness.
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Churchkey. Black pour with a small tan head. Incredible nose of roasted malt, lactic cream, burnt espresso, char, and sweet almond. Flavor is marked by further coffee and roast at the front which then moves to sweet cream and almond at the finish. Very smooth. Excellent porter.
bb (7754) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a tan head. Chocolate aroma. Chocolate and coffee flavor with caramel. Medium-plus bodied. Coffee and chocolate lingers.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark black with a perfect brown head formed of tiny bubbles with incredible retention. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, nuts, smoke, and earth. Taste is smoke, chocolate, coffee, leather, rich roasted malt, and nutty on the finish. Body is full, creamy, average carbonation, super smooth bitter coffee finish. Overall, super rich, damn near perfect, awesome use of almonds in a beer.