gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a dark black color, big creamy white head, very creamy lacing. Big roasted malts in the nose, hoppy floral notes, some chocolate. Nice roasted qualities, coffee grounds, chocolate notes. Tasty, smooth and very drinkable.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. About an inch of head forms on the pour. Don’t know what’s going on in the smell, but it seems a bit "minerally". Taste is plenty of roasted malts and coffee. Plenty of carbonation with a full mouthfeel. Another good beer from Firestone. It would be nice to have their stuff distributed here.
dwyerpg (4257) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 4, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice woody roasty aroma. A good robust flavor, as the name implies. Rich, chocolaty, but not too much. Good stuff.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black in color with a good tan head. Smell is roasted malts, caramel, coffee, and chocolate. Taste goes pretty much with the smell as far a flavors go. Smooth going down. Good.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Eric for this bottle--Poured a chocolate dark brown with a handsome frothy tan head that dissipated soonafter. Nutty, chocolate, roasted nose. Chew, complex with hints of vanilla, tobacco, almond, and finished with some herbal hoppiness. Well built like the tires. Yum!
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this one a few weeks ago, so I don’t remember the specifics, but it was quite tasty and better than I expected.
Praetorian (86) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with a large off-white, lasting head with good lacing. Dark brown in color with an aroma of vanilla, hops, oak and molasses. Starts sweet with a bitter finish and a somewhat chocolatey flavor with a nutty undertone. Full bodied with creamy texture. A decent beer overall, very enjoyable.
m4rest88 (380) - Beverly Hills, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with small-average sized head that is light brown. The head longevity is mostly diminshing. The pint i got had some very tiny body particles inside its medium brown complexion.
The beer smelled of molasses and caramel with some pretty strong coffee overtones. The beer tasted lightly sweet initially and the finish was a little less sweet with a tad bit of bitterness.
The body felt medium to the palate with a syrupy texture. Lively Carbonation.
BMan1113VR (7691) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a huge, light brown, creamy head that leaves good lacing and has good retention. Ultra dark brown body. Aroma of vanilla, dry coffee, and oak. Taste is woody, nutty, with chocolate and finishes a bit metallicy. Decent amount of chocolate. A truely chocolate heavy porter (as opposed to a more common dry coffee porter). Sharp carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel and a full body.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 5, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: A little disappointing. Sure it’s great, but it sounded like it was going to be nearly perfect for my tastes and likings. It was nice, but the description mad it seem like it’d be way more complex.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, dark red that looked brown in the glass with a huge rocky and foamy, off-white head that slowly diminished and left excellent lacing at first but then barely fair lacing later. After the yeast was poured the beer in the glass became a dark, almost opaque brown. The aroma was moderate to heavy mild coffee malt, light herbal hops, light earthy yeast, and a woodiness, that I wouldn’t really call nice wood. It also smelled a little Belgian with the bottle conditioning. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and acidic, and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet and bitter, and lightly acidic with an average duration. There was caramel malt, then bitter coffee, mild coffee then herbal hops. There was also slight chocolate, but not much. The medium to full body was creamy with very fizzy carbonation and a light astringent and ever so slightly metallic finish.