argo0 (11317) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 1, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Large tan head atop clear brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, some dark chocolate, light seltzer. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, roast, some smoke, light bittersweet chocolate, sourness. Effervescent light-medium body.
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 17, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Pours a dark brown color with a sturdy khaki colored head and mild lacing.
S: A very strong smoke aroma to this beer. Some good roasted malt notes and maybe a bit of dark, bitter chocolate. Maybe a little bit of a soap in there. The smoke really dominates the nose, though.
T: Kind of harsh and slightly astringent. The smoke is again at the forefront and really makes up most of the flavor. A decent roasted malt flavor and just a bit of bitter dark chocolate.
M: The body is medium with a moderate carbonation and a drying feeling on the tongue.
D: An alright beer, even with its strong smokiness. Don’t know if I’d want to drink a bottle, though.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, lets no light through. Huge brown head with great retention, solid lacing. Aroma of taffee, butterscotch, cocoa. Taste is smoky chocolate, scotch. Nice stuff.
BeerandBlues2 (9356) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at brewery. Pours clear dark brown to black with a medium, fizzy light tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is caramel and toast malt, dates, brown sugar and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and medium bitterness, fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth and carbonation.
daknole (8851) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown pour, light tan head. Aroma of light cocoa, coffee, smoke, and roasted malt. Flavor is smoke, molasses, light espresso, and dark dried fruit.
JoeMcPhee (8302) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown pour. The nose is slightly herbal with a bit of light chicory character. There is a distinct dusty yeastiness and a little bit of autolysis that I could definitely do without. Meh - it’s really not all that great.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 1/10/10. Pours a dark ruby color with a medium tan head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of tart malty notes along with some roast and chocolate. The taste is chocolate, roast, berries, bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Not bad, but the tartness does seem like its not supposed to be there.
jtclockwork (7897) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of roasted dark and black malts and chocolate. Mild coffee aroma. Light smoke. Dry chocolate finish. Light to medium body. Plain.
DocLock (7682) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours turbid dark brown with minor ruby edges through direct light and a 1-finger off-white head. Nose is black patent malt, cacao, roasty slight rauchy. Tastes smooth, medium in palate heft and complexity, with flavors of black patent malt, cacao, mild nuts, coffee, hops, and a roasty dry finish.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet and nutty nose with some dark caramel and chocolate notes with a touch of smoke. Starts with pretty good fullness for the style with a chewy toasted dark caramel malty sweetness and nice dark chocolate flavor with some light peaty smokiness that lingers in the drier finish. A well-balanced, flavorful and drinkable porter.