GT2 (9241) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Paradiso Georgetown. The pour is a deep, clear cola red looking fully deep brown to black in the glass. A fizzy, weak brown head diminishes fully. Nose at first is loads of volatile DMS like qualities I’ve been getting in coffee stouts lately- big Mexican salsa but specifically tortilla chips AND salsa. Not a good start. As it warms, and I mean completely room temperature, it finally lets the chips and salsa volatile stuff subside for some rich hazelnut and vanilla. Still, beef bouillon cube and beef chile persist. It is much too late for redemption. Taste- very weak with almost no discernable character. Weak coffee and hazelnut. Small vanilla and chocolate. But so thin and lemony tart on the palate. But thankfully no chalk or cardboard. Overattenuated methinks.
craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Georgetown Pizza Paradiso. Dark brown pour with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma holds fantastic coffee presence, a touch of pepper, burnt toast, and a bit of wood. Flavor is much of the same, with amazingly balanced notes of coffee and the traditional dark malt porter characteristics. Good smooth palate. Delightful quaff.
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at The Lion’s Pride. Served in a wide chalice. Pours an opaque cola brown with a massive, rocky tan head that craters and laces the glass. Aroma is an absolute bang-bang rich coffee blast followed by some charred oak, dark chocolate, and toast. Flavor of rich coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, and rust. Coffee is similar to peppers in both aroma and flavor initially but this changes enough as it warms that I actually improved my aroma and palate ratings halfway through. A little thin on the body, but nice long roasty mouthfeel that lingers forever. Dry and roasty, with medium carbonation. Really nice coffee beer.
bb (7305) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a dark cream colored head. Coffee and light chocolate aroma. Coffee and light chocolate flavor with light toffee. Medium bodied. Coffee lingers with light chocolate and light toffee.
nimbleprop (5548) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4oz pour at Max’s Rare and Obscure Beer Week Part 4. Pours a watery, translucent black with a lacing, creamy, beige head. Nose has tons of coffee, coffee grounds, toasted bread, nutty, a little chocolate. Flavor is all coffee, a little brown sugar, nutty, toasted bread. The coffee flavor is nice and nutty. Full bodied, dry finish. Really solid.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Haand costa rica. On tap at... Pours a darcwe than cola deep reddish
black and topped with a quickly dissipating light beige head leaving
wispy swirls in it’s place... Coffee and roasted malt nose accented by
a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Coffee almost comes off as chile
peppers at first but quickly goes away... Flavors are semi-sweet with
roasted coffee, again borderline pepperlike but without the heat in
any way. Finishes on a light bitter taint. Thin to medium bodied with
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - JUN 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty much completely black, just barely able to see some brown highlights in this. A small light brown head rests on top for a minute or two before it vanishes, leaving a ring of brown bubbles. My nose definitely thought this was a cup of coffee. Massive amounts of fresh ground coffee beans in this. It’s accented by some dank herbal hops, some of that burnt acidity and a hint of smoke. That acidity feels berrylike on the tongue, otherwise it’s basically pure coffee. Perhaps some liquorice. It falls a bit short in the mid section and finish, where it leaves me wanting for a bit more of a punch. It comes off as a bit too light. That goes for the body as well. Would have wanted this a bit heavier. I guess it makes it more drinkable, but screw that, I’d rather enjoy this ones bigger sister than having 2 glasses of this. If only there were a heftier version.. Oh wait, BGB Weasel.
Rune (9063) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JUN 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Håndverkerstuene. Firm, tan coloured head to a more or less jet black body. Smell of coffee with sweet malts beneath. Roasted coffee malts in flavour and bittering malts to a lingering finish. Medium bodied. A fine after dinner drink (Oslo, 25.05.2011).
KnutAlbert (6364) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Håndverkerstuene.
Smooth velvety porter. A little edge of alcohol, lovely long lingering feeling of French roast coffee. Some sweet milk chocolate well balanced by a fine bitterness.
espenra (916) - Kurland, NORWAY - APR 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Amundsen. Pitch black colour with a medium big beige head. Aroma is laden with coffee as well as some malts. Some cocoa. Flavour is bitter. Notes of roasted coffee and roasted malts again. Cocoa again. Charcoal?