Ernesto987 (3714) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2011 Black pour, Big smooth coffee flavors, not too much aroma. Sweet body, coffee dominarin the finish, solid beer
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a murky dark brown color with a big clumpy tan head that has fair retention and shows some lacing. The aroma showcases earthy dark malts, raisins, dates, chocolate and sweetened coffee. The flavor is similarly earthy with dark semi-sweet chocolate, lots of well roasted grains, mocha, toffee, brown sugar and a bit of coffee. The palate is medium in body with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering dirt and coffee. Overall: A very nice take on the coffee porter, but I think that it could use more coffee flavor. Iíll buy again. Paired extraordinarily well with chocolate chip cookies.
nbondi (201) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, dark brown with slight reddish hue. Good tan head. Nose of burnt coffee, corn, a bit of bittersweet chocolate, and smoke. Body shines. Thick, velvety, perfectly carbonated. Lots of burnt coffee, chocolate, some tobacco, and dark fruits. Only other Retina beer Iíve tried is Black Couldron. This is miles better, but still not great. Def. would try again.
BVery (6222) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - sample tasting at Four Firkins in St. Louis Park, MN. Very dark pour with a small tan head. Big nose of coffee grounds and a touch of chocolate. Medium thick palate. Taste is roasty coffee and mild dark chocolate. Delicious.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep brown nearly black with a small creamy light tan head. Aroma of black fresh brewed coffee, roasted malts, some cocoa. Flavor is also aggressively coffee forward, some dark bitter chocolate and just a bit of a breadiness in the crisp roasty finish. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Decent beer
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is mainly coffee with some dark chocolate and caramel.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream colored head. Coffee aroma. Coffee and toffee flavor with light fruitiness. Medium-plus bodied. Coffee and toffee lingers with light fruit and light earthiness.
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In taster at Churchills. Looks almost black with a tiny bit of ruby. No head. Smells of coffee coffee coffee. Tastes some clear coffee malt complexion then a flood of malty bitterness. Itís a pretty nice beer. Palate is medium. Overall 6.5 of 10.
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pours with a black body and a medium sized but thick bubbled, creamy tan head that fades. Good lace. Aromas are rich, earthy and slightly vegital coffee notes. Vanilla beans. A bit of bitter chocolate. Coffee beans here are not the most interesting or best Iíve smelled in beers recently (see Bacon & Eggs for a coffee Imperial Porter with a really nice coffee note). A bit of a fruit ester (stressed yeast?), black currants and molasses. Flavors are biscuity and grainy with a mild roast character strongly supplemented by the coffee. Some decent bitterness which I perceive as mostly coffee. Pretty dry. Mostly leans towards a coffee character overall. Bitter chocolate. Could possibly use a touch more sweetness or body for my tastes. Vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel with slightly elevated carbonation. Medium to slightly full bodied.
danbierman (20) - California, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours jet black with a finger of mocha head. Smells of roasted malts and strong coffee scent. Taste confirms the nose, lots of roasted malts, smoky background. Clean creamy finish, medium bodied. Overall a very good Porter from Grand Teton, another great entry from their Cellar Reserve series.