bvc (1135) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz capped bottle from Belmont. Pours a very dark black with a brown tint and a tight small light tan head. Nose is very light and balanced, but the main aromas are roasty chocolate malt, hints of nutty coffee and light milky sweetness...stylistic. Nice tight carb and medium almost creamy feel. Favor has a nice balance of roasty coffee and chocolate to the malt along with a caramel sweetness and some nutty undertones. Maybe a bit heavy on the caramel/toffee sweetness, otherwise tasty and easy drinking.
neepsntatties (1088) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle of the 2011. I had this during the holidays then happened upon some bottles at an eatery in McMinnville in March. Colour...basic black with a thick tan head. Nose... Prunes and chocolate drops. Palate...semi viscous with mild CO2 then a decent shot of Belgian milk chocolate (like Cote d’ Or), some currants and raisins and a semi dry finish.
brystmar (1068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown hue; handsome tan beads of lace adorn my glass.
Aroma is right on: roasty as hell, malty in yo face, smells dry. But a bit too dry on the palate; taste fades into desert-like dryness before I can sufficiently enjoy it. Tasty.
pdx77 (922) - Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22 ounce bottle. A light porter with definite toffee and dark chocolate notes with a smooth finish.
garmonbozia (422) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another huge thanks to Joel at Corvallis Brewing Supply for this beer. Dark amber color with spices, malt and some nuttiness to it. The sweetness of the malt was great along with the spices made this a perfect beer for Christmas. The mouthfeel was medium and well balanced. Again this was a great beer
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - MAR 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft: Very deep brown pour with a tan head. Nice roast, dark caramel, dark fruit, with a hint of milk/lactose and an almost oaky barrel character in the nose. Flavor is lightly sweet and adds a faint cocoa note. Body is medium creamy, carb is soft, and bitterness is extremely low in the malty fruit-kissed finish. Nice example of the style without an overly inflated abv.
Bottle: Carbonation more flat, thinner body, and more muted flavor profile. Glad I was able to catch it on draft, as it seemed like a completely different beer. I would have rated my bottle a 3.4 at best.
keenanrobbins (19) - - JAN 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smooth and smoky from start to finish. Looks great in the glass with a subtle aroma.