pik5el (53) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Flying Dog Gonzofest. Thick dark brown pour. Smell is alcohol, and prunes, chocolate, caramel, dark roasted grains. Tan Head. Taste is sweet but not cloying. Very malty, but balanced well by hops. Flavor is smooth but strong. You can taste the alcohol, but it is not hot. A nice beer.
pacv27 (53) - - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy light tan head that is 1 1/2 fingers in depth. Beer is pitch black in color. Aroma is roasted dark malts with smoky notes and some coffee. The texture is smooth. The taste is dark roasted malts, burnt coffee, bittersweet chocolate with subtle hints of vanilla. There is a lingering coffee bitterness in the back end of this beer.
Skakapa (52) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Blackest black with a small dark brown head. Roasted, almost burnt malt with an equally roasted caramel aroma. Alcohol content is obvious, hop bitterness appears after a while.
doppelmeup (51) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a bottle into a tulip glass. Iím not sure how old this beer is, but probably several months at least. I bought this on a clearance sale. I think the aging has been good for it, however.
Very impressive! Huge, multi-inch cafe-au-lait colored head that lasted seemingly forever, followed by decent lacing on the glass.
Aromas of coffee, alcohol, hops, slightly medicinal, but overall pretty good.
Many different flavors abound in this beer. Coffee, toffee, chocolate, caramel. Sweet with some hoppiness to balance. Tastes very good. Alcohol well hidden. Never would have guessed itís a 9.2%er.
Mouthfeel is kind of sticky with a good bit of drying after each sip. You can feel the carbonation as well. Bit of a bitter chocolate aftertaste.
Nice beer, but quite rich. High ABV and richness limit the drinkability, but overall itís a very good beer.
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.
Dorstig (51) - Oegstgeest, NETHERLANDS - JAN 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with an attractive lightbrown head. Aromaís of expresso, dark chocolate, caramel, some sweetness in the background. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with soft carbonation. Delicate balance between malty sweetness and fresh bitter hop tones. Finish is bitter and warming.
Sampled at 11.00 in the morning to give it all the respect it deserves, Excellent !
khhoeie (51) - NORWAY - AUG 27, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer was recommended to me at thr liquor store with the description "this is asphalt". A good description for a good beer.
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Kco (50) - USA - JAN 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Great roasted malt very slight charcoal with a crisp finish. A well rounded porter.
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black with a big tan head which quickly recedes to a ring which sticks, and provides a little lace. Lots of roasted barley flavor for a baltic porter, but good. Also, chocolate, with a little frutiness. A bit of lingering bitterness i dont remember from previous vintages. (06a)
MikeHernandez (50) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The aroma is a wonderful variety of smells. I think I picked up hints of dark bread, roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe mild coffee. There is also an alcohol presence in the aroma as this is a 9.0% ABV beer.
It pours an average sized, creamy, light-brown head that is mostly diminishing. The body clarity is best described as muddy. There is no possible way to see through it. The body hue is dark black.
The initial flavor is a like a kick in the face (in a good way). You get lively carbonation, sweet chocolate and heavy roasted malt taste followed by a long lasting bitter hop and finish.
This beer is full-bodied and deliciously creamy, especially when not too cold.
This is a real gem. Great to drink slowly and appreciatively.