xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - MAY 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Opaque black with small burnt tan head. Nice dirty chocolate, cold coffee, dry bakers chocolate, nice. Big cold coffee flavor with dry roast, a little milk chocolate, a little smoke, tasty. Medium to full, creamy body. Nice and dry with excelent coffee/roast characteristics.
travita (3476) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The smell is nutty, milk chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts, The look is black in color, dark, and has a good tan colored head. The taste is roasty, chocolate, nutty, coffee, and malts.
lamas (1280) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Bottled: 03/31/09. Jet-black pour with a very thin chestnut head. Rich, chocolate cake-like aroma with tons of cocoa, roasty coffee, toasty malts, vanilla, some caramel, and brown sugar. Medium to full-bodied and fairly smooth. Lots of caramel and semi-sweet chocolate start things off taste-wise. Cocoa and toasty malts follow. Finishes with a roasty black coffee bitterness and burnt sugary malty flavors. Very solid porter.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Entirely opaque black pour even when held to light. Half inch of creamy coffee colored head that clears, but leaves a nice ring and layer. Big, thick roasty aroma with some notes of coffee and acrid smoke. Sexy? Flavor is indeed dripping with hot lovin. Big, heavy, chewy roasted malts. Light floral bitterness with some similar hop character behind it. Some faint toasty sweetness in the background. Brew becomes even smoother as it warms- very nice evolution in a single pour. Notes of cocoa and bittersweet bakers chocolate, espresso, and some boozy liquor. Incredibly deep, flavorful, and inviting. Palate is full, thick, and creamy, thought with little if any slickness or oilyness. Mildly bitter finish. Overall, a damn superb porter and a damn superb all around beer.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Near black body. Thin head. Preliminary (cold) aroma is hoppy and roasty. More coffee notes emerge as it warms. The body is creamy, with a little bit of fudgeyness. Long, dry finish. A very hoppy brew. Overall, an intense black beer that eschews the traditional concept of a porter by a wide margin. Taken for what it is, I think Iíd prefer a little sweetness to round out the harsher edges of the hops.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Daknole! Thick viscous black with small brown tight head. Rich mocha aroma is fudgy with some delicious chicory smoke in there too. Great silken mouthfeel is smooth. Fudge beer. Total dark chocolate mocha fudge in a glass. Lingering chocolate aftertaste, lovely balance of sweet and roasty.
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle (2009) in a shaker. Pours a rich, opaque black w/ an incredibly beautiful pillowy mottled chocolate head that rapidly diminishes into some sparking bubbles/surf. Aroma is dominated by coffee w/ undertones of milk chocolate and light brandy; flavor ir again heavy w/ coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and the teeniest hint of vanilla; thin-medium bodied, finishing very much like black coffee (coffee/chicory bitterness) and a little dry. Probably the best porter I have had thus far- yummy.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz shorty bottle. Wowsers. I had high expectations, and they have certainly been met. Opaque black with thick tan head. Awesome choco-coffee aroma, oh so sweet and pleasant. Roasty and full bodied, there is also quite a formidable bitterness to this Porter. This is certainly one of the best Porters Iíve ever had. Rich and tasty. Top notch.
jarspag (601) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Dave. Eaaaaaaaaaaspointttttt. Faint nose of ashy burnt malts, big coffee, dark chocolate. Flavor plays between chocolate malts and some caramel sweetness. Flows well, deeply integrated. Nice bitter transition in the finish. This porter makes sense. Not mind blowing in any sense, but still a top notch example of the style. Highly enjoyable. Thanks dude.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Pours a dark blackish brown, mostly opaque, with decent dark brown head that bubbles and dissipates to a smaller layer and laces. Aromas are chocolate and caramel right off the bat, with lighter coffee and roast notes with some darker fruits nestled in. Faint bitterness. Initial is medium bodied, not packing on a face slap in the taste department. Smooth chocolate and caramel, light creaminess, decent roast that isnít overpowering with faint peanut (for some reason), light dark fruit, and decent bitterness and floral on the end and finish. Overall, this drinks smooth and well without any harsh notes. It lacks defining characters, but what it does offer is a well rounded Porter that would be welcome anywhere. I prefer the Fullers Londer personally, but they are both significantly different. Cheers.