DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JAN 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2011 355ml. Lumpy, 100% pitch with an uneven, shrinking manila head haloed with white- an odd effect I’ve never seen before. Aromas lush, raisiny high cocoa chocolate melted on burnt toast, blackcurrant, blueberry; some strawberry and vanilla tones peeping through the blackness. Huge, mouth-filing palate like a rich chocolate mousse; flavour all about luxuriously bitter, high cocoa chocolate but with a lovely, softening streak of blackcurrant and plum running under it. Still-smoking charcoal, lemon dabbed sparingly on barely edible, burnt (English) pancakes. Deep, inky, highly drinkable stuff with a fullness and pungency leaning towards the imperial even at 6.5%. Impressive.
H_P_Lovecraft (26) - Arkham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Human eyes were not meant to penetrate the stygian blackness of this eldrich concoction. If not attenuated by a pale corpselike head of pillowy foam, that abysmal darkness would drive mortal man mad. Complex congeries of roasted coffee, caramel, and chocolate conspire to bewitch the mind. Just a touch bitter on the finish.
evergreen0199 (2333) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from beermerchants.com A black coloured pour with a small beige head. Pleasing roasty, coffee aroma. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, very rich. A top quality porter from one of my favourite breweries.
crajun (1066) - , Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2013 going from memory - trade with fopa - thanks man! doesn’t get much better; will find and have many more..
Had again 04/13 - dropped from 4.4 to 4. will try one more time, but this bottle wasn’t nearly as good as I remembered; had a acidic burn toward end...
JohnMan (102) - Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just as described on the label: dark, rich, and yes, sexy. This porter has nice roast, chocolate, and coffee.
fugitive (1645) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 355ml. Color deep brown to black with red fires and medium brown head. Aroma chocolate, coffee, roasted. Taste sweet, chocolate, coffee, spicy.
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark appearance with a medium head. Flavor changes as the beer warms. It initially has coffee, alcohol, cherry, and dark chocolates which then change to a milder chocolate. Very smooth.
rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Deep brown to black, brown foam, unctuous. Scent and taste of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee marc, dark fruits. Top of the range with hints of mocha, toffy, raisin, perhaps Xeres. Quite of chocolate sweetness and its bitterness, creamy and rich.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasty malts. Initial taste has some bitterness. Lots of chocolate flavors come out. The sweetness of the malts is well balanced as a bitter hop flavor is also noticeable throughout. The body is full. The beer is very drinkable with only 6.5% ABV but no sacrifice in flavor.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the brewpub. Second best beer of the night, only second to Nemesis. Pours back with nice thick tan head. Nose of smoke and liquorice. Thick body, flavour of roasty malt, liquorice. Finish is bitter and smooth.