thegreenrooster (2806) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a black with a small tan head. Aroma is a nice chocolate malt with some caramel and toffee. Flavor is milk chocolate, coffee, bourbon with some dark fruit. Then comes the alcohol burn at the end. I did not like the 12 version very much but i think the 13 has enough things in it to carry this to the soild category. With some age to tame the alcohol this could be quite good.
craftbeerdesign (2123) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
sample from the bottle at The 2009 Great Decatur Beer Festival on 10/17/09... pours a dark brown / light black... sweet malt aroma with some caramel and dark fruit... big body with huge malts... lots of dark fruit and roasty malt flavors... big strong solid beer... definitely will need to get a couple bottles of this one...
Ibrew2or3 (5745) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
HOLY SHIT! This is pure yum. It pours deep and dark with garnet edges and adequate dark tan head. The aroma is milk chocolate, caramel, roasty malts, a dash of burnt malts (13 malts, you know some of it is black patent), a touch of biscuit, a modest level of dark fruity esters and a touch of heat. The flavor is ushered in on a creamy and smooth carpet ride. The taste begins with chocolate and roasty malts and then heading toward burnt malts, caramel, dates, prunes and figs. The booze wells up about midway to join in and help move this to the finish. The roasty and burnt malts persist with light amounts of chocolate and caramel heading from the finish and into the after taste with a modest sense of booze. Seems better than 12 when it was fresh. YUM!
beersearcher (1950) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours pitch black. Aroma is big but muddled. Strong. Bourbon aroma and taste at the back end. This is a snifter beer.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle… Pours almost new-moon black, but shows crimson flashes around the edges of the glass when held up to the Florida Sun. Small, creamy, beige head with good retention. The bouquet is malty, fruity and vinous – singed caramel, milk chocolate, dark port, maple syrup and molasses are the real standouts to my olfactory system. Full-bodied with tingly carbonation. Malty, fruity and sweet. Lots of caramel, molasses, alcohol and berries. Minerally bitterness steps up late in the game. Finishes bittersweet, but the minerally bitterness lingers forever - along with berry fruitiness.
dchmela (2402) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brownish black with a thick creamy head. Caramel. toffee, dark fruit, pomegranate and coffee all come popping out in the aroma. Smooth creamy malt taste with tons of dark fruit, toffee, chocolate, cherries. Just a big thick brew that is insanely flavorful. Awesome.
PorterPounder (4610) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Market Square Liquors - 22 oz bomber. Pours a dark black with some ruby red undertones. Sticky, off white head that leaves a tight ring of lacing. Heavy aroma with some strong coffee accents, licorice, brandy, and a wee bit of alcohol. Very full bodied flavor with hints of dates, cherries, chocolate, licorice and a touch of chocolate. Velvety thick, rich mouthfeel. Overall, excellent.