Terp1977 (43) - Frederick, Maryland, USA - FEB 13, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a bottle. Didn't get as much coffee as I expected. Hoppy for a dark beer. Not easy to drink, but solid a beer.
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javiercrasher (115) - Granada, SPAIN - FEB 8, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Negra, opaca, coronada por una buena espuma marrón con buena retención y que desaparece trago a trago.
Aroma a café recién molido, con fondo a chocolate y algo de alcohol.
Cuerpo medio y poco gas.
En boca destaca el café: torrefacto y amargo.
Alcohol bien integrado, con final amargo y seco.
Casi podría inventarse una categoría nueva: Imperial Black IPA.
gendv138 (232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flying Dog Brewery poured into a goblet. Pours a brownish black with tan head. Aromas of hops, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of pine, dark chocolate, roast, good amount of hops. Medium body with a semi-dry finish. Pretty good fresh but I prefer this with a year on it as the hops fade away.
Beachmaster (41) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours black, with a large tan head which persists. Good lacing. Nose is roasted malt and hops. Taste is coffee and dark roasted malts, with a hop finish. Not bad, but not outstanding.
Anatole (80) - BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolat, café. Bonne balance des gouts. Corps moyen. Alcool peu présent. Mais il manque un peu d’agressivité ŕ mon gout.
JimmyBoy74 (77) - Örebro, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The morhership of all beers! 33 cl systembolaget. Mörk svart färg. Doftar mycket. Smakar mycket! Ska du bara dricka en öl i livet. Drick denna!
deaconmike (295) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at rattle n hum in NYC. Deep dark brown with mocha head. Aroma is smoky, toasted malt, semi-sweet chocolate, and a hint of raisin. Taste is mild and balanced. Full body for a porter, nice and creamy. Soft carbo. Nice beer.
devman171 (682) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap, pours black with nice tan head. Aroma is rich roast and chocolate. Taste is roast, coffee, chocolate with a nice medium body
DandyWolfFloyd (554) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma - very roasty, high octane espresso, alcohol a little resiny as well. Bazinga!
Appearance - it is a big black body, with a tan-brown 2" head. Set-ups like a champ! Laces all the way down. Sexy beer
Taste - pour espresso onto fire. Put it out with super clean water. Filter that out, and that’s sort of it’s essence. It has rich malt, deep roast, the darkest of chocolate, and alcohol hidden behind it. It for deep roast heads.
Palate - It’s a big take on for a novice. It’s intense. The body is full, the texture somewhere between oily-creamy-sticky-slick (it’s really that insane). The finish is super-long. It’s a like you had an all night outdoor autumn fire in your mouth. It’s so soaked in flavor.
I’m not quite sure what to say about this, other than it is complex in the best of descriptions. It’s not for the faint of heart. It takes real intense beer lovers to take it on. Take your time let it warm. It’s nuances blow off the chart. I have a hard time rating beers when they hit all the marks. A lot of time, beers can hit those marks and not be enjoyable (Lost Abbey). This was not one of those beers. Great beer.
scotchzombie (264) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 19, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours brown-black with a thick tan head that settles slowly and leave some foamy lighter tan lacing behind. Nice three-tiered coloring in effect. Aroma is shockingly hoppy, grassy and piney off the pour but with warming there are earthy notes of roasted grains and nuts. Taste is lightly roasted malts balanced with mildy bitter hops. Some coffee notes. Very earthy in tone. Alcohol is there but pretty well-disguised. A bit skewed to hops for a porter, but I really, really like this beer - it's interesting and flavorful without trying to do too much. One of the better porters I've tasted.
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