djoeye (2461) - Tromsø, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black beer with light rusty brown head. Sweet fruity crispy dark malts, syrup, sugared plums and green leaves to the nose. Fruity taste; plum peels, coffee cream, chocolate, dry apple, leading to a soft flourish finish. Nice feel and body. Good brew.
dj (536) - Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 500ml, from a Vinmonopolet in Oslo. A black colour with a large brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt, some yeast notes. Flavour of chocolate malt with honey and coffee. Some underlying hop notes. Low to moderate carbonation. A slightly bitter, hoppy finish. Really enjoyed this.
Cunningham (5636) - Halden, NORWAY - FEB 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with a beige head. Heavy stuff :-) Chocolate, coffe and roasted malt nose. Massive flavor with roasted malt, vanilla, dark fruits and coffe. Well done Haandbryggeriet. Highly recomendable.
[Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Fredrikstad, Norway]
Lowenbrau (2640) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Hop punch, quite bitter, roasty, quite dry. Coffee, liquorice. Tough one, enjoyable.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle on 02/05/2011. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head.
Rich roast chocolate and molasses aroma, slight raisin.
Sweet fruit, chocolate and molasses flavor with light smoke.
Medium full body mod high carb.
RmmHronek (170) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is pretty cool. It has a fairly sweet taste of roast and chocolate upfront. It sort of peters off, then all of a sudden there is a huge dark coffee resurgence that lingers. It’s really good.
Patrickctenchi (4817) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Batch 138, 2008 vintage....best by Jan ’10...
Pours deep brown with a huge, fountain-cola, slow gushing, dark head.
Aroma is smoke, chocolate.
Taste is sweet, dark chocolate, roast coffee, malt.
A slightly tangy bit of dark fruit.
Very, very, nice.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Backlog rating 12-06-2008. Bottle and Batch NR 79. This beer pours a medium size tan frothy, fizzy head that mostly diminished, opaque body, no visible carbonation, and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, and roasty. The flavor mimics the aroma. The palate is smooth, thin and watery. This is a thin bodied Porter. Overall, this beer is too thin and watery tasting given the style and the flavor just did not do this beer justice.
AirForceHops (4509) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle, purchased @ Julio’s Liquors. (had in my cellar about 6 months) Intensely dark brown with large beige head. Bottle has a bit too much carbonation. Aroma of chocolate, mild coffee, some dark fruits. Dry roasted coffee, roasted grain, hints of licorice and a bit of a citrus hop. Although the citrus is barely noticeable. A bit of lactose sugar as well. Medium in body leaning on the full side. The texture is on the creamy side but the fizzy/ over-carbonation hurts it I feel. Still really tasty.
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUL 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL Bottle, on sale at Kingstown Liquors - North Kingstown, RI for $3! Tangy, metallic roast aroma. Flavors are solid. Light woodiness, a bit of cherry juice and some distant chocolate. Maybe just a nip past-peak, but still very solid and a good bargain at this price. I did, however, expect a richer, more oily beer.