kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 11, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Lightly roasted notes of chocolate & coffee. Needs a bit more hoppiness. Too thin bodied. Weak finish. Unmemorable.
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Golden Valley Brewery. As dark as you get without being completely opaque, slight ruby tint when held to sunlight. Tannish head. Chocolate and coffee present, but not overbearing. Fairly one-dimensional flavour that quickly fades. Just a slight cookie-like aftertaste.
BrewDad (4582) - Olympia, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Tap – Brewery]
Deep brown color with a small head. This brew had a deep malty character with chocolate and toffee flavors. The beer was a great drinking beer. Very dry and a great overall flavor of a porter great job Golden Valley.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark black color,medium sized tan head that had a good hang time then fadd to leave a bit of lace behind.The aroma was malty and coffeeish with a nice chocolatey side and maybe a bit of hops in there somewhere as well.The flavor was very nice malty and chocolatey with a bit of some coffee notes and dried fruit.it goes over very smooth with a nice slightly bitter finish with some chocolate notes and a hint at some smoke in there as well.A very nice brew and well worth having another or better yet a 12er for later.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice classic take on the style. Deep rich and looking like coal in the glass. Aromas are slighty fruity smokey and full of rich cocoa. The flavor has a nice chocolate burnt coffee flavor and a rich creaminess that makes for a wonderful mouthfeel.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black body, barely a ring of head around the glass. Chocolate caramel, toffe, coffee aroma. Campfire smokey, sweet caramel flavor.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - AUG 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewery. This beer really shined compared to the rest. The massive roastiness and very smooth thick body of this beer really caught your attention. Chocolate flavor up front, rolling into a silky smooth body that had the texture of being poured on nitro, though it wasnt. This finished off with a nice coffee bitter end. Very nice porter.
hopdog (8443) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured a dark black with a very small sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee and toffee. Tastes of chcoolate, caramel, roast and light coffee. Thinner body. I think we saved this one from going completely bad as the aroma and taste had a sourness lurking in the background.
TomDecapolis (4384) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 11, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Hopdog for this one. Poured a pitch black with almost no head. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits and some coffee. The flavor is strong in the smoke with some dark chocolate and slightly sour. Some of the guys I sampled this one were thinking the beer may have gone slightly south. I enjoyed it.
argo0 (11163) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 5, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop a black cola body. Aroma is medium sweet, roasty, coffee, tobacco, light chocolate, earthy/grapefruit. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, nutty, roasty, some earthy, lactic acid, light salty. Medium body, some oiliness, light acidity. Seems a cross between a schwarzbier and a porter, unusual but pleasant.