Svesse (7725) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle, White Horse, Parsonís Green, London, 23 July) Colour is pitch black, with a small but firm brown head. Looks lovely. Nose is roasted with notes of coffee, tar and citrussy hops. Taste is roasted with black bitter coffee, dark bitter chocolate (almost like pure cocoa) and a fantastic hop palate. Mainly dry, but with a bitter sweet liquorice note. Lovely roasted and hoppy finish, seems to last forever. Full bodied but surprisingly smooth, with the alcohol well hidden. May not be a "true" baltic porter, but hey, I donít mind, if it tastes like this, they can call it whatever they like. Awesome beer.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to be honest, I didnít care for this one. I tried to like it, but I couldnít. It looks great. Smells a bit sour, tasted super hoppy, which is great, but not really what I want in a porter. Tasted a little strange to me....is this really a porter? Maybe I had a bad bottle, but I think it was just soo hoppy it created a sour effect in my mouth. Iíll have to revisit this one some day.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12oz Bottle. Pitch black, milky opaque pour of hazy obsidian, topped with a finger of creamy orange-tinged caramelized head. Very hoppy aroma - cascades are flooding my nostrils. It gives a nice piney color to the roasted malt background. Woodsy notes of freshly roasted coffee beans and chocolate malt smoked over green spruce boughs give it a sort of camping feel. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel with plenty of mellow bittersweet chocolate. Smooth malty flavors with a bitter hops bite. A bit of toasted oak, rye whiskey, and black chocolates round out the finish. Nice smooth, richly malty, uniquely west coast hop kickiní porter.
Strykzone (6560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nobody does bottle art like the gang from Flying Dog! Every bottle screams attitude and this one is no exception. It pours like used motor oil and the aroma grabs like few others. This is a substantial porter, quite close to a stout. It offers a delightful aftertaste that makes slow sipping a must. Flavors are complex in this one but raisens are prominent as are sweet malts. Chocolate, caramel, and coffee can also be found. A warmth results quickly much like a brandy and there are even some brandy flavors.
MiP (15172) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - AUG 2, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very hoppy aroma. Black colour. Small, creamy, brown head. Very flavourful. Quite roasted flavour, roast barley bitterness. Thick, creamy mouthfeel. Nice and mild carbonation. Creamy aftertaste.
gotmos (11) - New York, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
OK! Let’s party!! Gonzo Style. Good looking bottle pours a black beer with a finger of tan brown head. Aroma is not very impressive hints of weak roasted coffee with even weaker hints of chocolate. Body is very creamy and moderately thick. Flavor is very appetizing with layers of sweet and bitter chocolate throughout and a nice coffee aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden until it hits your head with a nice warm bearhug. An enjoyable drink but something I would expect from a Starbucks rather than a beer.
ChazMania (662) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 30, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2007 Bottled. This is a high abv porter for sure. Thick, dark pour. Aroma is malty. Initial taste is chewy semi chocolate, dark raisin and caramel. Slightly on the thinner side of other porters I have sampled.
Yeahitsnolan (51) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 28, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great beer and GREAT porter. Poured blacker than black. By the aroma itself, you can tell it will be a thick ní malty kick ass beer. Smooth great taste till the very end! Also at 9.5%ABV it will leave you feeling gooood.
Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thick, almost oily. Brings to mind singed pork sausages steeped in turpentine. I mean that in a good way.
ohnoitskristin (62) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - JUL 27, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
FANTASTIC. Definately have to agree with the "glug-glug" thing, thatís exactly what it did when I poured it out. The thick, malty flavors carried over to the aroma. Both were very layered and packed a simple yet intese flavor that was extremely robust. A big palate-pleaser.