ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 ounce bottle - $5.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: A medium-small, tan head sits atop a black body. Near nil lacing.
Smell: Features a sublime scent of whole roasted coffee beans. Many stouts and porters can give off a roasty, coffee-esque scent, it’s true. Even many coffee-infused beers don’t seem particularly emboldened beyond the base malts. In this, however, the added ingredient is undoubted. Also, quality chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and a faint, faint fruitiness.
Taste: There’s a great bittersweet coffee bean flavor upfront accented by roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and burnt sugars. Very light touch of licorice. Low dark fruitiness. Bitterness from the hops, but also some imparted by the roasted malt and coffee beans. Plenty of coffee flavor on the finish and in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Smooth, yet also a bit crisp.
Overall: A tantalizing and energizing beer. I’ve had a few coffee-based beers lately and this has been the best of the bunch.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber: Pours a clear ruby with a medium off-white head, big chocolate aroma, starts and ends lightly sweet with a coca ending, medium bodied with ample carbonation.
Phatdog1 (179) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2012 Poured thinner than expected with a small light brown head that diminished into nothing. Dark brown body. Decent coffe aroma and taste, left with a burnt coffee bitterness, not necessarily the pleasant kind. Weaker than expected mouthfeel with a bit of fizzy carbonation.
Alphadelic (1880) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A great coffee and hints of bitter roast malt aroma. A mixture of some milkiness and some rough carbonation. That roughness detracts slightly from it’s drinkability. The flavour is really spot on though it is a touch too bitter.
boxofrane (2346) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at lucky lab. Pours black with red edges and a small off white head. The aroma Is big chocolate, some expresso, roasted. The taste is medium bitter coffee and lightly sweet mocha on the finish. Decent but not the top of the style.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
another offering from the 100 barrel series. brownish head on a black beer. Aroma is just like an chocolate covered espresso bean. rich malty and more sweet than bitter but with a milky coffee finish. Could use with a fuller body but still great balance of brews.
mar (5003) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour cream head. Coffee, coffee, roasted malts, light bitterness. Smooth palate, creamy coffee, light chocolate, great finish.
j12601 (7456) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared with Jim and Mitch. Pours a clear black to brown, with some copper highlights and a huge thick tan head that deflates quickly and steadily. Big coffee on the noes, lots of roast. Somewhat thin in terms of body, coffee with cream. Tasty enough, but the lack of body kills this.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Sam’s in Durham. Dark brown with light around the edges. Small head, but I kept coaxing it. Roasty coffee aromas last for a few minutes, then milk chocolate... but then aromas of dirt and even manure creep in. Taste is sweet, earthy, and thin. How hard is it to make at least a decent coffee porter?
thornecb (4738) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black into a snifter. Off-white head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Milk chocolate and coffee aromas. Soft with watery dunkin donuts coffee front to back. Not a fan of dunkin donuts...