bmanning (142) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a thick, jet black with a massive dark brown head that disipates very slowly. The aroma is of chocolate, molasses, grassy hops, coffee, hazelnut, vanilla, and dark fruits. The flavor is good, but it’s not great. It has a nice balance of malts and hops, but is lacking in complexity. There is a wonderful finish however, a very delicious beer. The palate is creamy with a nice hoppy bite - it could use some more hops flavor though.
HoppedHead (106) - seattle, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark black with a thick tan head, decent foam stability. Roasty nose with hints of chocolate and sublte fruitiness. Flavor bittersweet chocolate with a carmel sweetness and a balanced hop flavor and bitterness. Rich and tasty
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark opaque body with a kahki colored head. Aroma brings notes of chocolate and dark fruits with some light coffee and cinnamon in the background. Light roasted barley accompanied by chocolate and lots of dark fruit notes (cherry and plum). Milk chocolate and some light coffe in the finish. Very nice.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour. Aroma of dark fruits, a blend of licorice and chocolate, light sweetish menthol and tar. Big fluffy mouthfeel, yet not super big body. Rubbery/Tarry backbone in flavour. The finish is long and wonderful.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
05 vintage poured into a snifter. Poured with the color of rich milky hot cocoa with a thick mousey light brown head. Initial aroma is hops which slowly subsides to a chocolatey roasted aroma.
The flavor is full, round, and long lasting. Starts with rich chocolate mocha and that carries through with tons of bitterness. The palate is abrasive. Maybe from hops. Maybe carbonation. Whatever it is is distracting. Over all a fine beer and well worth the time and money. Thanks Indra.
eggman (45) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle, purchased over a year ago, kept in standard fridge...Pours a solid black with a small, coral-like, dark tan head that diminished rather quickly. Very good lacing...Light toasted chocolate malts combined with heavy pine hops. Average alcohol taste with a hint of licorice...Full bodied, thick and creamy, with a soft burning carbonation and a bitter syrupy finish...Very long in flavor, with a light port-like sweetness coupled with heavily smoked chocolate bitterness...Dominates the mouth with a warm dark chocolate that begs you to take your time with it. Outstanding! (The one I had fresh over a year ago was not rated, but from what I can recall, it definitely has mellowed the burning alcohol effect. Delicious either way.)
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, vintage 05. Pours a dark brown with a small brown head. Aroma of pine needles, then some coffee and chocolate. Taste: big piney hops up front, pretty resiny, also has some oak in the taste, alcohol very well hidden, along with the coffee and chocolate. Pretty dry finish. Soft carbonation. Flying Dog did well with this one..
swanmann (666) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 28, 2006
3.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2006 Just poured a 750ml between 3 of us, just pint glasses. Velvety and sweet. Couldn’t keep the heads down. Creamy. Looks llike a rootbeer float. I think I taste caramel. Some kind of wood. Gonzo dutifully remembered.
imperialordie (6) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not true to style, yet pretty good beer, THis is not a style I like yet has a good quality. Among the earthy ethiopian coffee taste it has hoppy texture. Actually would go good with ethiopian food.
bgburdman9 (859) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very thin brown head. Had quite a strong citrusy hoppy aroma for a porter. First taste was choclately with the citrus hop taste. The alcohol was well masked though for being up around 10%. Pretty solid body overall. This beer is very unique for me, I have never had a beer this dark with such a hoppy taste.