ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a wispy, lightly frothed, off-white head.
Smell: Sweetish, fruity nose smelling of chocolate, roasted barley, espresso, candied raisins, dark brown sugar, and a small snifter of Harveys Bristol Cream Sherry.
Taste: Toasted, chocolaty dark maltiness with some definite sweetish qualities. Enter in a good shot of espresso, but the taste fades all too soon. There are some strong raisiny, and distinct sherry-like notes to the beer, which makes me question the age of this beer, but, as is often the case, there is no born on/expiration dating whatsoever on the bottle. Light earthy bitterness, just enough to show some hops were in use. Tastes of brown sugar and raisins precede the finishes that adds a revisit of coffee and chocolate, but mainly still tatses of brown sugar and raisins.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Sweet and easy-drinking, and, perhaps, showing some oxidation as a ramped up fruitiness, but, it’s still plenty drinkable. On the other hand, it doesn’t really live up to the implied "imperial" promise and feels pretty light, overall.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is probably my favorite NJ beer. However, this year they changed up the recipe a bit and I feel the body is a bit thinner in taste and feel. Still a great beer!
Kevin (2023) - Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice and dark with a head that starts to strong then meanders on down. smell is coffee and sugar and caramel, and cream. roasty notes hit first. strong marshmallow and light burnt finish. nice mild coffee flavorbut the roast bitterness really comes in strong. is this lactic? cause i taste the milk like product. cocoa flavors are there in the background and come to the forfront later in this. the main coffee flavors are very good here, a good beer to have after putting up with some uber slackers and then realizing the depths of my own personal failure due to a mediocre fucking masters english student. there isn’t enough beer in the world right now, luckily i have other connections. damn good coffee notes come out as this warms. that me;lted caramel and toffee note really starts to both make me happy and want more while getting a touch clloying and overwhelming.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma heavy on the coffee with a bit of molasses. Thin, creamy head. Flavor definitely dominated by rich black coffee with just faint hints of molasses, chocolate, and hops. An interesting hybrid porter.
jeremytoni (2889) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottlepoured black with a fair amount of head. Flavor, aroma, and lasting finish of black coffee
Drake (7836) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours a dark ruby tinted brown color with a thin head. Fair head retention and lacing. Aroma is very bitter and lightly sweet espresso with light chocolate notes. Taste is chocolate, bitter coffee and a light fruity finish. Medium-full bodied with strong carbonation.
Dacrza (448) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolate, sweet syrup and yes, burnt coffee mixes with brown sugar to form quite a punch... fierce blackness with a creamy brown head; a slant of light appears only when held to a lamp... medium- to heavy-bodied, with initial heat on the throat and a soft buzz to the teeth (8.2% ABV) that blunts as the glass drains... robust, full-on coffee and chocolate flavor... softer secondary hints of liccorice and caramel add a nice, complex finish... a bit slick and oily in spots, this Fish maintains its intent--a porter that doubles as a warmer coffee features... mellow enough to enjoy straight-up, weighty enough ti warm and move with just one bottle...a tenth anniversary celebration indeed....
n49921 (108) - USA - APR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark, has a nice brown head. Aroma is coffee and a bit roasted. Taste has a nice hint of coffee with a chocolate taste as well.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Kevin for this one. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head and minimal lace. Fresh roasted coffee beans on the nose. Creamy mouth-feel. Chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts, and coffee.
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to daknole. Dark brown, thick beige head. Roasted, cherry, oat aromas. The dark fruits from the roast malt combine wonderfully with the oily coffee here. I like coffee beer but this is really a good one. Full bodied, smooth palate. Yum.