aleigator (510) - GERMANY - JUN 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a black color, turning dark red at the edge of the glass, with a decent beige, bubbly head.
Has an intriguing nose, featuring toffee, bready malts, cold pressed coffee, raisins, old, slightly skunky wood, and a whiff of syrup, together with salt. Smells complex in comparison to its lighter body, tied together by bakers chocolate. Not what I would expect from a porter, but quite unique and very pleasant.
Has a fitting medium carbonation among a lighter body, leaving a lot of room on the palate for bready coffee.
As well as the nose comes together, regarding its complexity, the taste is rather one-dimensional and thin. It exhibits raisins, toasty malts and an extreme overload of cold pressed coffee, rolling over all the other possible flavors, hindering the beer from developing more subtle notes, as featured in the aromas. The coffee though isn’t very pleasant on the tongue, it includes no cream, but cold ash and a metallic, distracting flaw. Developes an unpleasant mix of metal, cold coffee and sticky sweet malts in the finish, leaving back a nice flavour of roasty hazelnuts at the very back end of the palate.
Tastes more like a stout than an actual porter, due to its incredibly dominant coffee presence, opening the tongue to roast and earth, as well as old tobacco and cold ash unfortunately. Its sudden turn into a sweeter direction during the finish seems a little off, as it gets unpleasantly introduced by a bubbly, metallic carbonation, rather than more fitting cream or chocolate - basically plays both ends against the middle. Evokes an overall colder appearance, leading back to the coffee, while especially the maple syrup should be able to lend a certain warming quality to the beer - it does not, feels more like a gimmick than an actual necessary ingedient, forming the appearance of the taste.
brunomoreno (32) - BRAZIL - JUN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour, brown head. Nice body, with coffe, bacon, maple, chocolate, biscuit. Really complex. Great beer
thomashall (357) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - MAY 24, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber shared by Bvery....thanks man! Strong maple syrup, cocoa, malt aroma. Taste follow with some bitter malts at the end followed by the maple sweetness. Really well done. Glad I got to try this.
BVery (8186) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from 50belair. Damn, this is good! Dark brown pour with a light tan / gray head. Maple sweetness, dark chocolate and cocoa powder. Cool that this is a drier porter style instead of an ultra sweet boozy stout. Good balance. Terrific!
Clownoisseur (374) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy to hopscotch, thanks Eric! Pour is near-black with a 2 finger brown head that pillows nicely before settling to a cap. Aromas are nice coffee/chocolate with an underlying maple sweetness...vanilla notes and some notes of roasted nut. Taste is spectacular! Right up my alley! A nice medium-to-full bodied porter....dry chocolate coats the palate...coffee hit the bitter end...maple rounds it out. Very nice interplay...and great depth! The finish lingers for an eternity, allowing this to be sipped and enjoyed! Brown sugar, anise, toffee, coffee, salty smoke....it all just clings to your tongue. Wasn’t sure if this would live up to it’s reputation, but it certainly does! Cheers!
Nisse666 (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from trade with knickskicks - thx Sir - cons 2015-05-12 Spring Hill, Fl
AR: fat rich milk chocolate, wee chili,
AP: coffey black, high frothy thick lively cream brown foam
F: cajun smoked ribs with brown sugary glacé, milk chocolate, wee chili heat, sticky and maple sugary sweet mouth feel, finshes smoley meat with chocolate
mathieuc (2352) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF 2015. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head that leaves good lacing. Nose is of cheap maple syrup, 100% sure it is fake. Caramel and slight roast follow shortly. Taste is of cereals, nuts, roasted malt, some smoke and that artificial maple flavor again. Body is medium, carbonation too and mouthfeel is sticky. Fun to try and good but not the revelation I see in the other ratings. At least the maple syrup, while fake, doesn’t overwhelm the beer.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer pours nearly black with a medium thick foamy tan head that diminishes gradually. Sticky patches of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of roasted coffee, maple syrup and malt. Medium-bodied with flavors of roasted coffee, maple-charred bacon and chocolate malt. The finish is roasty with smoked malt and mocha aftertaste. Really enjoyable beer all around.
czar (5970) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
sample @ EBF 2015. unclear dark brown mahogany with a small creamy light beige cap, some retention and lacing. brown malts, sweet nuts - nurnt caramel and hazelnuts, smoky - bacony-forward, medium bitter chocolate - minerals, freeze-dried coffee, relatively fresh coffee beans. light carbonation, medium body - oily, semi-sweet christmasy-spicy-nutty-coffee finish. good but not spectacular.
Steasy66 (1086) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 28, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is great. Figured I would hate it because of the smoke, but the smoke is subtle. The closest thing I have had to Mornin Delight, and I actually prefer this because I could actually drink more than a few oz without getting overwhelmed by sweetness.
Aroma is great, rich sweet maple and hints of coffee. Flavor is first and foremost sweet, hints of smoke in the finish, some maple, a bit creamy. Body is thick but not viscous.