rgfellow (100) - - APR 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2014 Bottle at home. Pours black with brown head and heavy lacing. Aroma is chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is exemplary for this style; chocolate notes, sweet, slight hints of bitterness - really even. Finishes full and creamy with some tingle on the tongue. Blurs the line between porter and stout.
deaconmike (295) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours deep walnut with a thin mocha head; lots of lacing. Aroma is roast, chocolate and light coffee. Taste begins sweet with the malt and chocolate and cherry notes, but shifts to a nice long bitter finish and a touch of smoke. Nice fully creamy body, with good amount of fizzy. Excellent porter, but very stout-like.
haukur (1164) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAR 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a small head. There are subtle notes of hops, chocolate and roasted bread in the nose. Mouthfeel is incredibly full bodied considering the abv. There is a creamy texture which goes down well with the roast and hops. Candy like finish. Awesome stuff.
degbert (965) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours an amazingly oily and rich black with a high cinnamon head. Nose is Mexican hot chocolate, espresso, and bacon. Crisp but very dark and smoky; bitterness is cleansing with a long, lemon-coffee finish. Not as heavy as it looks. Quite nice.
BLADT (66) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From tap. Pours dark, almost black. Thin, taupe head. Aroma is peat and wet stone. Very clean and even tasting. Chalky, with faint sweetness. Mineral, with a shade of smoke at the end. Very well done.
jdb288 (284) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Founder’s Beer dinner. Pours midnight black with reddish/brown bordering. Not much head. Aroma is light coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same but rounded out with deep caramel malt. Heavy on the palate for a medium-bodied beer. Well made but it made me want the Breakfast stout since the latter is an overload of the ingredients in the former.
BigDbrews (11) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Huge chocolate, coffee, and earthy hop aroma. Taste strong coffee and dark chocolate with a bitter dry finish.
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ExpendableHero (723) - Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was an amazing beer experience. Cola looking brew with a slightly off-white head. Potent aromas of fresh cocoa and some coffee. Tastes of cocoa nibs, bittersweet chocolate(lots of it), subtle dark coffee, toasted malts, and hints of earthiness. Semi-sweet, lactic finish. Extremely easy to drink, silky smooth, and delicious. This was fantastic.
gripweed57 (486) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color with a small bubbly tan head. Rich roasted malt aroma has notes of charcoal and French roast coffee. First sip yields a bittersweet, smoky roasted malt flavor that touches on dark coffee, chocolate and oak. Very close to being stout-like, but the nuances are more subtle, as you would expect in a porter. Slightly sweet, complex and spicy in mid taste. Finish is nutty, woody and rich with resiny hops. This is a truly great American Porter in a league with Great Lakes and Anchor, among others. A must have.
lukedarock (78) - Howell, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a delicious treat of a beer! Absolutely wonderful from start to finish, chocolate expresso kind of flavor with great hops too!
Kurtos (83) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 27, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a Black Tarry Colour.
Aroma. Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate and coffee.
Taste. Extremely rich and decadent, taste is similar to aroma, with a bitter espresso flavour especially pronounced throughout, with slight notes of toffee and some vanilla in the background.
Overall. A very decent beer certainly not for the faint hearted, very smooth and powerful throughout.