bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 5, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
growler from ryan (danke). black! aroma of chocolate, roast. medium-heavy body. lots of caramel, chocolate, some figs and higher sugars. finish is nice and balanced, with the rollercoaster of flavors fading, not too sweet. this is delish.
SG111 (126) - - SEP 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Pitch black with a tan head. Aroma is lots of dark chocolate and coffee. Big roasted malt character. Flavor is the same. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Slightly bitter finish which is a nice element. Mouthfeel is really nice. Creamy, silk-like, similar to a milk stout or oatmeal stout almost in that itís got a prominent silkiness to it. Still not as full-bodied as as a stout but as far as porters go, there arenít many better than this. No surprise itís so highly rated.
slowrunner77 (3635) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"robust enough to blur the line between porter and stout. very nice balanced mix of chocolate, roasted malts, and hops on the nose and flavor. the aroma & flavor especially donít get much better in style. very well done."
PhillyBeer2112 (2526) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I donít want to open any can of worms on the difference between porter and stout, or lack thereof, but this is the heaviest biggest porter Iíve ever had! It tastes a lot heavier than 6.5%abv, though the alcohol isnít strong, itís just the big residual gravity and full body. Nose is very big on bitter chocolate, so is flavor. Nose has a hint of a box or raisins but they arenít there in the flavor. Flavor tends more toward dark choc, espresso. Despite the full body the beer manages to have a balanced, almost semi-dry finish, so thatís good, not overly sweet. There is a remarkable amount of body and flavor crammed into this moderate strength beer, which is a feat unto itself - and its not cloying. Still it is surprising to find a beer in this strength that forces itself to be a sipper. In that sense, hard for quaffing, and I would prefer a porter than you can quaff. Opaque black, modest dark head.
ttoadee (656) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Opaque black pour, thin toffee head. Nose is coco & black malt. Bittersweet. middle caresses the tongue with bits of chocolate, coffee, and burnt sugar. Finish is nicely bitter and lasting. A powerful beer that is not overpowering.
shanoknowsfood (51) - Hawaii, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Whole Foods. Smelled really rich and full-bodied, with a mocha coffee aroma. Too much coffee flavor for me. Itís highly rated but most people enjoy the smell & taste of coffee...though i am not one of them.
drainpour (10) - Santa Rosa, USA - SEP 16, 2014
4.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mine was 1 year old, so not much nose, slightly chocolate scented. The color is rich dark black, with caramel head. Head recedes within minutes but leaves a small ring around the edge of your glass. The taste is incredile rich chocolate and coffee, roasty goodness. The palate enjoys the beer as it is smooth and silky like melted butter, very enjoyable and drinkable.
ARH (432) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap poured into a shaker. It has aromas of coffee, chocolate, and a light toast quality. The beer is a dark, opaque, black-brown color with a dark tan, fluffy, soapy head which retains really really well. It leaves lots of sheet and speckled lace. The taste is a medium sweet and a medium / medium-light bitter. It has a light, foamy carbonation with a light texture, and a medium malty body. Itís smooth and buttery with flavors of chocolate syrup, spice, and grass. It finishes with a sticky syrupy chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste too.
aleksander9 (450) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with yellow head. Aroma is round. Vanilla, roasted, leather and nuts. Creamy palate. Aftertaste is slick, roasted, leather, dark fruit and lingering darl chocolate. Overall: excellent. Very balanced.
ibrubeer (97) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Nice roasty nose. Black, opaque color, with dark tan head that slowly dissipates, and leaves a little lacing. Taste is roast, malt, and a very nicely balanced bitterness. Full bodied. Absolutely delicious beer!
Bule (765) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle pours a thick black color without much head. Smooth and chocolatey at the start with some hoppiness coming through at the end.