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 (8540) - 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 (3561) - 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 (3483) - 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
bgburdman9 (857) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - AUG 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at local option. Dark pour small light brown head. Nice flavor where vanilla and espresso come through. Had a weird finish that kept it from being great.
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 18, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a thick, long lasting deep brown head with great lace. Pitch black body underneath. Extremely good looking beer. Aromas of chocolate, raisins, coffee, malty, caramel, oily, almond, nutty, vanilla. A bit grainy. Light roast. Flavors are grainy, oats, bready, coffee, vanilla and lightly estery. Creamy, medium bubbles, very smooth and lightly warming. Very good!
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Served a dark black-brown color with a thin ring of tan-chocolate head around the glass. The head fades quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of strong burnt chocolate malts and coffee with some sweet vanilla in the background and just a tough of toasted almonds. Really nice aroma.
T - Starts off with strong espresso bitterness that transitions into lots of burnt chocolate flavors. Through the middle, the sweet vanilla flavor comes through with some toasted almond flavor as well. Very nicely balanced. The finish is a mix of espresso, burnt chocolate, and vanilla that linger nicely.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and dry from all of the burnt and coffee flavor.
D - Very drinkable. There were a lot of flavors contributing to this beer, but everything really seemed to come together nicely and balance out. Love the vanilla and toasted almonds.
brokensail (11105) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: This one pours a dark brown, nearly black, color with a finger of tan head.
S: A big chocolate aroma as well as lots of oatmeal cookie kind of notes. This really does have some biscotti character to it. A little bit of coffee and some cocoa, too.
T: Sweet chocolate and slightly bitter cocoa. There is a very nice oatmeal cookie flavor to it with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. Slight toffee sweetness with a hint of molasses.
M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.
O: This was a really nice beer. Excellent sweetness and balance with a really nice mouthfeel.
beersearcher (2342) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best of three Evil Twin beers that I sampled. Big coffee aroma. Black brown in color. Some licorice notes along with the roast. Some sweetness at the end and some beer sticking to the side of the glass.
popery (1440) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, City Beer Store. Very good strong porter. Pours a very dark brown with a small, dissipating beige head. The aroma has a lot of dark chocolate with coffee, roast and a light touch of vanilla. The vanilla is mild and the coffee is relatively restrained, but both mesh very well and neither tries to take center stage. Taste is mild to medium sweet with a lightly bitter and drying finish. Lots of rich dark chocolate tinged with espresso. It’s a pleasure to drink. Good stuff.