Roonai (298) - - 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 (5915) - Manhattan, 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 (11898) - 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 (2290) - Washington, Washington DC, 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 (7240) - 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 (529) - 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.
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Brouwerij Lane. Poured a dark brown/black with a little beige head. Nose is yeasty almost grapey with roasted malts. By no means a typical porter. Surprised? Rich flavors with a thinnish body. Has a hint of bubblegum underlying but is covered by rich coffee, roasted malts and dark chocolate. It all coloborates in to a chocolaty, Minty bittersweet finish. Bizarrely interesting.
GT2 (9170) - San Diego County, California, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Churchkey. Pours a deep black with wisps of deep Martian red lace. Nose is fresh pepper, chili pepper, vanilla, complex spices like gingerbread and mace. Taste is thinner than expected, astringent and grainy coffee taking over. Lots of ash piling on. Ash and lemon in the finish. Similarly lacking body like the Cats Piss IPA.
nickd717 (3600) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Toronado. Guess this was made for the epic beer cruise that Manuele from Ma Che Siete Venuti a Fa was talking about. Very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head that lasts. Big intense aroma of roastiness, espresso, vanilla, and nuts. Clean and deep flavor. Coffee and vanilla dominate with some dark chocolate, toasted malts, and roasted almonds. Medium-bodied with a good level of carbonation. Not heavy or a chore to finish at all. Really thought this was a righteous brewski.
jrallen34 (3488) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft... Light brown with a big tan head... Smell is light espresso and smooth vanilla... Taste is awesome with a perfect mouthfeel, espresso mostly dominates, a hint of roast and vanilla adds a big creamy note to it... This is great