jimhilt (2377) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a five-finger brown head that takes a while to fade leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is a smoky caramel and chocolate. Clean finish. One of Harpoon’s best offerings. $3.00 for a 750ml bottle from a Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, ME.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle via trade with notalush - Pours a dark brown color with a one and a half finger thick light tan head. Light lacing. Aroma is a dusty roasted malt, dark esters and a dose of dark chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, a hint of smokiness, and light chocolate. Medium body. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. The label is pretty cool too. A good beer. Thanks Brandon.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle.. dark brown pour,thin beige head no lacing. aroma of coffee ,dark fruit and smoke.taste is roasty, smoke and bitter chocolate.finish is salty and a little boozey but not bad overall
lb4lb (2218) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared at tasting by hopsleery. Thanks man! Pours a maroonsih brown color with a light beige head. Smell is smoky, roasty and a lot of nice maltiness. Taste is lightly roasty and mild with some smokiness and balancing hops. Perfect amount of sweetness. Light char flavor. Surprising and very good overall.
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with traces of beige foam. Nose is prunes, dark chocolate and light smoke. Almost full body with a spritzy tang. Taste is espresso, dried figs, chard and Baker’s chocolate. Has a rich feel but a bit raw.
smjohnst (203) - , Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
VERY robust porter. Sort of a sour kind of palate. The alcohol is well hidden as said earlier but still a little too strong for me. A quality beer.
TomDecapolis (4394) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brown almost black with a medium creamy and bubbly deeper tan head that left spotty lacing. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, licorice, toffee, almonds and light vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate, surprising how bitter this is for 38 IBU’s. Also getting some nuts, toffee, molasses and peanuts. Alcohol fairly well hidden, a touch of vanilla and malty sweetness. Interesting peanut butter taste coming across as well.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Minimal beige head atop dark-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, roast, some prune, burnt, light anise. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast, some burnt, light salted peanut. Alcohol present but remains in the background. Medium-full body, some syrup, light acidity.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, slight burnt malts, slight coffee, and slight dark ripe fruit. Poured very dark brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, slight peanut butter, and some Hershey*s Syrup. Medium body. Creamy, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Chocolate, vanilla, and light roasted malt finish is dry. 9.5%ABV is undetectable.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a wispy tan head. Smells sweet and milky with a touch of purple grape candy, chooclate and lactose. Slick and mildly carbonated. Tastes of milk sugar, caramelized brown sugar, mild saltiness and nutty. Some alcohol comes through as well with residual saltiness at the back. Like most Harpoon, not bad, but not good.