kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 22, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a deep, dark chocolate-brown color; thin, light-tan head with modest retention. Loads of chocolate, nougat, cocoa, and caramel; hugely dense aromatics; plush. Creamy, medium-full mouthfeel; loads of mouthcoating milk chocolate, mineral bitterness, and layers of caramel beneath; a generously dense porter, with a modest core bitterness. Lasting finish: milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, and mineral hops.
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the glass it has an almost black color. Aroma of black licorice and alcohol. Taste is smooth with chocolate and oatmeal. As it warms up the flavors seem to increase. Good beer.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark black with a hint of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lace.
S - Aroma is full of deep roasted chocolate malts with some coffee some sweet caramel and a touch of lactose sweetness.
T - Starts off with some rich roasted dark chocolate malts with some coffee and a bit of earthy hop. Through the middle some sweet caramel and a bit of hop bitterness and chocolate bitterness. The finish is a mix of roasted chocolate with a touch of sweetness and some coffee.
M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet and roasty finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nicely balanced Porter. The chocolate and coffee flavors are near perfect and the touch of hop flavor is really nice.
StefanSD (2131) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAR 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours an opaque blackish-brown color with a small khaki colored head that recedes to a fine film. The aroma is rich with coffee, chocolate, dark fruits and roasted grains. The flavor is a big dose of chocolate with mocha, coffee, earth, nutty hops and roasted barley. The palate is full, smooth and creamy with lively carbonation. Finishes long and dry with lingering black barley. Overall: A very tasty concoction.
doublebock (502) - California, USA - MAR 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and licorice. Chewy and rich roasted palate with taste of coffee grinds, tobacco, molasses, and chocolate as well as some port wine. .
Zymurgeist2 (1016) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Gourmet Haus. Amazing chocolate nose. Pours opaque with big brown head clinging down sides. Great chocolate and coffee follows with a surprising medium mouthfeel. Falls off quickly but still tasty.
JaBier (4887) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend as part of the reprieve following the Hopsnobbery Collective’s first (and last) Crappy Beer Tasting on 2/29/12. Darkest brown pour with a thin tan head. Malty nose with dark fruit notes, along with chocolate and apple. Malty flavor with hints of apple and smoke before a boozy and roasty finish.
bhensonb (11066) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours very dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sort of chocolate and malt. Near full bodied. Flavor is like dark milk chocolate, with some coffee, and a sort of sour mash burnt malt touch. The sour aspect seems to leave with time, and the coffee comes out more. Finishing dry and a bit earthy (heh heh).
thetmaxx (746) - West Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rubicon for beer week! Aroma is coffee mostly. The palate is thin and drinkable. I think this is better than Boulders porter, but not the best I’ve had. Burped really nice, but mostly hops from the ipas I was drinking. Flavor is also coffee dominated. Not bad at all...
drummstikk (1) - USA - FEB 14, 2012 does not count
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Strong charcoal roast aroma and flavor, unbalanced by a thin body. Little to no caramel or sweet malt flavors. Lacks the balance and drinkability that usually characterizes a dry stout, and lacks the caramel and chocolate flavors sometimes found in a porter. Interesting flavors, but not very fun to drink.