bytemesis (2435) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler with huge thanks to 50belair! I popped the top on this and my first words were - "smells like christmas!" Pours an opaque black with a small tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is coconut, vanilla, chocolate, liquer. Smells like (thanks for the reminder Aaron) a rum ball, which is probably why I thought it smelled like Christmas. Flavor is the same, roasty malts from the porter mixed with those wonderful rum ball flavors. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel. What a great specialty beer!
barn0216 (346) - California, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown color, foam dusting the surface. Aroma as advertised: white chocolate and coconut, plus the usual porter character. Taste is similar. Coconut really comes through. I love it but ymmv.
writerljberg (471) - Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler from 50belair. Thanks!
A: Pours a thick, lightless black with a cappuccino head that foams up before settling into a whisper. Nice legs.
N: Tons of coconut and white chocolate. Some coffee and Dutch cocoa. Mapple syrups, burnt brown sugar, and butterscotch. It takes awhile to get underneath the dominant flavors of the adjuncts, but itís worth the wait.
T: Really well-balanced. Moderate to heavy sweetness. with a solid roasted malt/coffee base and some bitterness to balance it out.
M: Moderate body with a pleasant level of carbonation. Exactly what I want in a porter.
O: Easily the best porter Iíve had, and one Iím thinking about a couple hours afterwards as I transcribe my notes. The base beer comes through and the white chocolate and coconut are used to push it over the edge instead of as masking agents. High kudos from me.
brystmar (1080) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2013 Fresh growler. Iím fortunate to have tried this a few times, and Iím glad this recipe scaled well to their new system.
Aroma like whoa: a huge blast of maple syrup, coconut, chocolate, and vanilla erupts immediately after flipping the swingtop. Previous batches Iíve tried didnít have this maple character, and while those aroma were also incredible, I do like the addition. Roasty at the same time; some bitter black coffee remains too. I canít stop smelling my glass; Iíd instantly purchase a bulk supply of Last Snow scented candles if they made them.
Much of this bleeds over into the taste, yet it lacks the magic held by the aroma. Palate is quite good but not mind-blowing the way the aroma is. This is one of the few empties I refuse to wash just so I can drop by for a quick whiff again for the next few days.
Phenomenal; unequaled by 99.5% of the craft brewing industry. Love the Buddha!
crossovert (6146) - Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thin mouthfeel but wow a great beer. Tastes like it has coffee in it too. A chcoalte coconut odyssey.
Ratman197 (8873) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUL 26, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
1 litre swing top growler poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tanhead. Aromas of coconut, roasted malt, dark chocolate, carmel and coffee. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, coconut, dark chocolate, vanilla and light carmel with a smooth dry lingering chocolate coconut finish.
Doodler (311) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler split with buds at Ratmans (thanks very much amigo!) Pours a coffee brown with a thin white head. What a fantastic nose of carmel and brown sugar with waifs of sweet coconut. Taste is amazingly light and flavorful. Loads of soft Almond Joy chewiness with touches of coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla creamer. What a tasty treat. A wonderful blend of coffee, coconut, and chocolate, all in a light bodied for a porter. Delish....
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Pours dark brown color with tan head. Aromas of chocolate and coconut. Coconut and chocolate flavors with a hint of coffee. Medium body average carbonation. Very nice.
50belair (1825) - Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Buddha. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Big coffee nose. Huge coffee, dark roasted bitter malts, and coconut notes. Good body and mouthfeel.
DiarmaidBHK (3138) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at taproom. Jeez! If I knew how good the beer is here, I would have gotten here hours ago. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Does leave some lacing in the glass. Big roasted chocolate and coconut notes on the nose. The person who said this is a mounds bar in liquid form is spot on. Youíre lucky if you get a beer that makes you go "thatís fucking delicious!" more than once a week and Iíve said it twice within an hour.