beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Portly dark black with nary a sliver of light getting through. Medium muffin batter thick cap of cocoa brown laps at the top. Breaks down fairly quickly though, eventually revealing a slight oily residue and splotchy lacing.
Aroma is calm and clean of slick melted chocolate from darker suited candy bars and a small roasted grain underbelly with evident hints of dark rum soaked dates and raisins.
Flavors are great. Nice chocolatey realm with all sorts of fun subtlities within making for a very dark enticing treat. Sensual chocolate coats deep and lasts long with a darker sense of the cocoa bean being leaned into. Slick and quickly chewy with a brownie-like dryness. Finish brings out lots of interestingly fun stuff with coffee roast and light burnt grains and cinnamon-raisin toast. A touch of hop spice and licorice dipped in nougat takes a late return after some of the roast leaves. Then more chocolate creeps back across the palate. A delightful and finely fanatastic finisher. Totally worth every sip just to get to it.
Feel is well textured in the porter realm of things. Bold, thick, lavish, and remarkably clean with a broad medium, sensible body. And the carbonation seems right on for a big chocolatey porter such as this. Quite nice. The 9.5% barely shows itself. Smooth and majorly drinkable. The 12ozíer isnít close to enough to satisfying as youíll want and need more of this, one time, finally kick ass, brew, by Flying Dog. By far, my first very impressionable beer by them. Kudos for trying something beyond their normal stuff that I tend to find too simple and boring.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark pour with descent head. Aroma big on chocolate and what seemed like cheap malts. Actually it all feels like a cheap throw together of a beer. I did not enjoy it at all. Molasse and licorice and a weird coffee aftertaste. Expected more.
hotstuff (4096) - Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
June 2005 Limited Edition corked and caged bottle. Small light brown fizzy head that was mostly lasting, fine-medium sized bubbles, sparse lacing, opaque, no visible carbonation, and a black hue. Malty, floral hop nose. Flavor was mildly sweet, bitter, malty, hoppy, and coffee. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body.
MrBunn (2458) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great look with foamy, tan head that laces nicely as it falls back to an opaque dark, dark body. Aroma is not terribly strong, but of chocolate, burnt malt and strong coffee. Taste is great... there is a brief burst of fruity sweetness that slowly fades into the coffee/chocolate endzone that you expected. These flavors play off eachother nicely and make for a great brew. I liked this one much more than I expected.
Indra (2621) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Roasty, malty aroma, some brown sugar sweetness and charred wood combined with notes of dark, buttery chocolate, floral, spicy hops, peppery alcohol and faint espresso. Ebony in color with a diminishing, foamy tan head. Flavor profile is roasty, grainy, lightly sweet and quite bitter, both from the highly roasted malts and hops, moderately dry, coffeeish and lightly astringent on the finish with mild alcohol heat. Some elusive raisin-like fruitiness. Viscous, prickly mouthfeel, body is properly full. Quite a hoppy bottle-conditioned Imperial Porter, seemingly making it a great candidate for experiments with cellar aging -- I forsee improvement with age for this one.
ervan (37) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Black thickness and dark dark head. Extremely hoppy aroma and aftertaste (just after swallowing). Nice balance and flavor otherwise.
alabamajohn (67) - Alabama, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iíll preface this with the fact that Iíve only sampled 7 or so porters. This one has the most perfect looking head. It has a freakishly complex aroma. Tastes like free jazz sounds when everything coaleses Great mothfeel and finish despite the 9.5% ABV. I have to get this again. Soon.
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A ring of offwhite lace sits on a deep black body with brown highlights. Very good aroma of roasted malt and chocolate, the flavor is the same, a very good one-two punch of chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is bitter. The body is light to medium with a dry texture and lively carbonation. Grrrrreat !
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz - Aroma is hoppy chocolate malt. Pours a solid black with a small brown head that leaves great lacing, the best Iíve seen in a porter. Flavor is much more pronounced than the aroma. Roasted chocolate malts and espresso dominate with enough hop to balance it out. Palate is creamy and lush. A great porter.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - OCT 24, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark, thick with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate, fruit, coffee and alcohol. Nice fruity roasted sweet malt character, mollasses, licorice and berries, full mouthfeel, good bitterness in the finish. Very nice stuff, wish I had bought the whole sixer.