argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12oz bottle) The creamy brown head atop the black head reaches to the lip of the pint glass on the pour, and retains itself fairly well, ultimately leaving nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, grapefruit. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, chocolate, some roasty. Smooth medium-full body that is quite drinkable and dangerously conceals the alcohol very well.
thewolf (11149) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ChristianScheffel tasting. [thank you Christian]
Pours pitch-black with a big brown head. Aroma has loads of coffee, some viniousness, chocolate and a little liqourice. Nice light and oily palate. Flavour is great, heavy roasted with some chocolate and coffee. Nice - but could do with a little cellaring.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle-pours a creamy brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate-dark malt. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate-dark malt, vanilla, secondary hops bitterness.
Christian (11052) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer was black with a lasting off-white head. Chocolate toffee and licorice all came through in the aroma. It showed a perfect dark flavour of roasted malts, and charcoal notes too. It is indeed a real London-style porter, and doubled. No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.
bhensonb (10904) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 1, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of toasted chocolate malts, and some hop. Color of Guiness with a decent dark tan head. Starts with a bit of tar and chocolate. Coffee arrives, and finally some toasted malt like the old, genuine Guiness. Very substantial mouthfeel. A silky tribute to a smooth dude.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: June 09, 2005
Appearance: dark brown, thin tan head
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma and flavor
Overall: hint of lingering alcohol, light bitterness, dry
Date: June 11, 2005
Score: iii to iiii
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a hint of roasted and lots of sweet liquorice
Body: rich and creamy body
Flavor: incredible rich chocolate malt flavor, hint of sweet alcohol, touch of burnt malt bitterness in the finish that does not detract from the overall quality
Date: November 15, 2005
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with a nice roasted character, a bit of sweetness, nice vineous flavor
Date: October 25, 2006
initially picking up a touch of the rubber life raft character that people talked about when it was first released but I never saw,
Date: March 31, 2007
Source: transmet athens
the sweetness is gone to be replaced by the dry dark chocolate,
Date: June 24, 2006
Appearance: huge scary pffft upon opening, pours with a huge brown head
Flavor: still the rich chocolate flavor, maybe not quite as good as it once was
Date: January 01, 2008
Appearance: pours black with a robust tan head leaving drops of drippy lace
Aroma: still the big chocolate and sweet vanilla aroma with a touch of licorice
Body: creamy body
Flavor: very rich chocolate flavor, sweet vanilla, touch of roasted for balance, touch of dark fruits, light fruity tartness
Overall: aging very nicely
Date: June 28, 2008
Score: 4.3 to 4.2
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with vanilla and licorice sweetness
Overall: great as ever but the bar is always increasing
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
chrisv10 (10870) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
355 ml bottle. Dark brown body with brown head. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate and hops.
Rasmus40 (10841) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 11, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a fast disappearing brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, burnt malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted bitter finish. I had this side by side with the barrel aged version. Brilliant. 150909
Pinball (10765) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, 33cl (too little) from kvickly allerød, denmark.
black oil pouring ad creating a thick dark brown head. looks fantastic, aroma is coffee, roasted grains, cane sugar, faint fruity (hops), so strong it numbed my smelling senses for a minute. real good, flavor is roasted and dark roasted grain and malts, charchoal, faint chocolate, quite dry overall, and no distractions. coffee, caramel, changes character while you drink, good beer to enjoy slowly. palate is just a tad too watery.
brokensail (10735) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: A 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer is pretty much black and has a very fluffy tan colored foam that stays around forever.
S: The aroma is somewhat disappointing. Coffee, roasted malt, some mild chocolate.
T: The primary flavors in this one are the same as the nose: coffee and roasted malt. There is also a bitterness on the finish that could be due to the malts or the hops.
M: The body is medium and the carbonation is moderate as well.
D: Despite the fact that this beer is nearly 10% alcohol, the booze is quite well hidden until it really warms up.
This is a good beer, just not great. I’m glad I picked one up to try, but nothing terribly special.