Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tulip at Barleys’s Brewhaus in Shawnee. Pours jet black with a thin, creamy beige head. The nose is a nicely integrated blend of cocoa, coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied and slick with a roasty finish; just a touch of hop bitterness. The flavor follows the nose with a touch of earthy hops in the mix. Nice beer.
arjoseph (634) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Bad Apple, Chicago. Vanilla bean and coffee roast on the nose, and a bit of carob. Sharp, almost powdery coffee flavor sits on top of somewhat fruity carob and nicely sweet milk chocolate. The choc morphs into a drier, Bakers variety in the finish. Smooth, medium body. Very flavorful for a porter. Vaguely nutty in the dry finish, with a slightly tangy and bitter hop character that took me a while to identify (though now it seems obvious). This is a sum less than the parts beer for me; I don’t like it as much as I feel I should given how good my deconstruction sounds to me. Maybe because the dry finish (which is enjoyable in its own right and long-lasting) doesn’t seem right following the slick sweetness in the beginning (which is also independently nice). Although the more I drink, the more its growing on me.
poisoneddwarf (1597) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - DEC 2, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle. Bottled on Sep. 22, 2011. Pours impenetrable black with a medium-large tan lacy head with decent retention. Aroma is espresso, milk chocolate, tobacco, leather, caramel. Taste is sweet and sour with a dry bitter finish. Coffee is strong in flavor. Faintly spicy in the finish. Carbonation is average and the mouthfeel is creamy. Body could be fuller. Although it’s really tasty, there are better coffee beers out there (even though that sounds like a slight, It still gets a 4.0, meaning it’s definitely a worthy beer).
thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a Tulip glass. Aroma was very nice chocolatey coffee. Color is dark with a tan head, and lots of lacing. Flavor is slightly bitter, coffee, chocolate. Palate is nice and full bodied with a oily finish. Very good brew.
wchesser (989) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark and almost opaque, dark caramel brown at edges. Head quickly fades with no lacing. Nose is mostly coffee and roasted malts and some dark currant. Dark roasted coffee and malts echoed in taste. Medium palate and body. Alcohol pretty well hidden. Nice, but pretty one dimensional.
ketchepillar (1026) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Black Friday tasting. Aroma-grainy coffee. Flavor is even more grainy. Quite smooth. Similar to Santa Fe’s Java Stout. Fairly thin palate.
craftbeerdesign (2138) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Choice City in Ft. Collins on 11/16/11. black pour with a small tan head. roast nose with coffee and a deep roast level. medium to full body with dark malts, roast, coffee and chocolate. smooth ->. coffee finish with deep roasted malts and chocolate.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, coffee, slight hops, burnt grain, slight vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. Poured very dark brown/black in color with a large, creamy, dense, rocky, brown/beige head that greatly diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet, and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, coffee, lactose, caramel, hops, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla. Medium body. Lightly chalky, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, hop, coffee, chocolate finish is slightly chalky and lightly dry. 7.5%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at the Livermore Saloon. It pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is interesting with some chocolaty notes and some hints of vanilla and hazelnut. Some coffee. The flavor and mouthfeel fall a bit flat with some muted coffee, chocolate and hints of nuts.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle, 2011 vintage. Poured deep brown with a dense, sticky beige head. The aroma picked up lots and lots of roast, with coffee, molasses, and black patent representin’.. pinches of vanilla and cocoa accented.. didn’t come across as big or overly complex, but it was enjoyable. The flavor found a whole lot of dry roast too, coffee, cocoa, and black patent this time.. more ashy roast and coffee on the dry finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. well-carbonated, dry, and earthy.. this was solid, but not super interesting.