wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve been eager to try this, because of it’s high rating. Bottle from trade I opened at toncatcher’s T3 tasting. Black. Lots of chocolatey roastiness. Leans dry. A little to roasty for me.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour is thick, sinister black. Aroma of milk chocolate, malty sweetness and oats. Flavor is an outstanding balance of coffee, chocolate, grains, a hint of fresh hops and more oats and grainy goodness. Wow, this beer is balanced, but the milkshake mouthfeel really seals the deal! This rivals any Imperial/Strong Porter/Stout/Barleywine I’ve ever had in terms of complexity, thickness and strength combined. Carbonation is low-medium. A coffee grind finish with a touch of round chocolatey sweetness really finishes this beer off. The flavor and mouthfeel are absolutely incredible. World-class and sexy-ass in every aspect.
piscator34 (1884) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Just off black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla caramels, and mild fruit. More chocolate and caramel notes in the mouth, along with chalk and a hint of smoke and ash. Meduim to heavy bodied. This is one fantastic porter!
gkost (1714) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is a malt bomb! tons of dark malt, toast, some smoke, mild hops. Flavor is full of chocolate malts, roast, toast, some hop bitterness, earth, some alcohol. Nice full mouthfeel. What a porter!
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 Pretty dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate cafe coffee. The very balanced flavor leads to a potent palate -- initially creamy, which morphs into a lively, more interactive experience. It is very dark -- there is a minute hint of dark fruit against the dark chocolate coffee --, and its merit in being so is its exact balance. Smoky with some subtle hops. Very rich, very "sexy".
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 14, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black wit ha brown head. Dark aromas, with roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is full of coffee with strong roasted malts. Slightly over carbonated.
BeerBaron617 (358) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - AUG 14, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this on tap at Bar Louie in Novi, MI. Really great stuff. All the proper porter qualities. Lots of coffee and dark chocolate on the nose, which was complimented by the taste. Really rich, and flavorful stout. Cheers!
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 13, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle - thanks riverside!!! long been wanting to try this and alex hooked it up; pours rich, dark brown with thick chocolate head; nutty aromas of chocolate, roasty malts, thick and creamy goodness; tons of body and probably the richest porter i’ve ever had; tons of chocolate, but this is not a one dimensional chocolate porter by any means; everything is harmony and just perfection; midwest porters rock the house and this one easily tops them all; traded for a bunch more after trying this; simply put the best porter i’ve ever had
beernovice39 (3076) - Montana, USA - AUG 11, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2012 Pours jet black with a small dark brown head. This style is growing on me for sure! Roasted malts and dark chocolate are the smell and taste! The hops hit on the back and leave a dry finish, which meant i wanted more!
troyc (2014) - Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours a very dark brown color. A small amount of light brown head. Standard dark malts in the aroma. Taste is primarily dark, sweet malts. Notes of vanilla, hazelnut, bitter chocolate in there as well. Dry and burnt tasting coffee grounds in the finish. Creamy, thick, and at times oily mouthfeel. A good and balanced porter.