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RATINGS: 455   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2398) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Black pour thin beige to tan head .. poured out thick and oily .... aroma is slightly boozy and of black licorice, dark chocolate .... taste is of vanilla, dark chocolate, black licorice and a little bitter hop bite with a bit of dark fruit to it as well ... mouthfeel is thick and oily .... dry and abv is hidden well .... finish is simple and dry with a lingering bittersweetness .... not bad stuff


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fkoolen (386) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2015
Bottle at home. Pitch black colour, nicely stable brown creamy head. Interesting nose and taste with sweet roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, molasses, caramel, dried fruits (raisins, dades, figs, plums), aromatic hops and sweet red portowine tones too. Big alcoholic warmth when entering the lingering long finish. Medium carbonation, full body with big flavours, soft mouthfeel. Barley wine meets porter.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maximet (103) - Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2015
Dark black, no light going through, with a tiny mocha lacing. Quite complex, molasses, ripe dark fruit, roasted, chocolate, alcohol, coffee, dark caramel. Taste is mainly sweet, a little bitterness to balance everything greatly. Creamy with a medium to full body, everlasting aftertaste.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
robertbenedict (1) - CLEVELAND, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2015 does not count
Deep, dark, sweet aftertaste. Nice alcohol bite. I can only drink 1, but this is more like food than libation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (2568) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
12oz bottle in Seattle. Dark but not too thick, and a small tan ring head. Molasses and soy on nose, rich body is sweet with fruit and dry bitter chocolate. Some roastiness, and dry-bitter hop bite is terrific, balancing the sweet fruit and alcohol. Tasty big beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shoulderbroken (2314) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 15, 2015
Bottle at Delirium. Dark and roasty, black treacle, caramel aroma. Taste is similar, lots of booze, full roast, coffee but also something creamy. Fruity and boozy. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6088) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Verre de dégustation, provenant d’une bouteille, au Saint-Bock (Montréal, QC) gracieuseté du serveur. Arôme: Odeur de chocolat avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est noire opaque. Présence d’un mince col beige mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat et de céréales grillées avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement chocolaté. (Rating #6059)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (278) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2015
12 oz. bottle, opaque black, mahogany head fades. Aroma raisin and molasses, metal, cherry, soy. Taste is maraschino cherries, dried plums, molasses, coffee, spice, tobacco, roasted barley. Palate is rich, not syrup, carbonation moderate. This is sweet, but roasty with a bitter finish, and the transition is very nice, layered and changing. Best thing I’ve had in days. It is a tad hot. Time in the cellar might turn this into something amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tectactoe (2512) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle: Pitch black pour with a smooth, burnt tan head that lathers up nicely & perches itself up top for a while. Big aroma of chocolate candies, burnt brown sugar, molasses, cookie dough, black cherries, hints of coffee, roasted malt, raisins, mild sweet cream, sticky caramel, & a touch of alcohol. Wow, lots going on. Flavor is very sweet up front. Huge residual brown sugar, toffee, caramel, & chocolate bursting at the seams. Underlying notes of roast, soy sauce, prunes, licorice, & mild ash lead into a chocolate brownie & molasses finish, stroked with a large ping of alcohol heat. Creamy body. A big beer, an intense beer. Perhaps just a touch on the overly sweet side at times, but otherwise this is pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (386) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - JAN 4, 2015
Black opaque color, brown head. Aromas of liqourice, chocolate, roasted notes. Taste is really nice and sweet, with plums, raisins, chocolate, some roasted, maybe some smoke. Aftertaste is sweet and long. Medium to full body with medium carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MatthijsE (897) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle @ home. Dense and very dark with beige head. Full body, very sweet, medium bitterness. A bit smoked, dark roasted sugar in taste.


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