bubbleflubber (1983) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque black into the glass, with a solid tan head that diminishes to trace lacing. The nose is of chocolate, licorice, caramel and dark esters. Flavors are similar, with cocoa, licorice, burnt caramel, toasted dark fruits, and finishes with a heavy black licorice note. Round mouthfeel, semi-active palate and full body. Nice take on the porter; smooth, the licorice feel is very interesting and accepted. Silky with soft(-ish) carbonation levels, this is a welcome addition to my beer cellar.
ALLOVATE (2592) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cap explodes off; a waft of roasted carob, milk chocolate, liquorice and Dutch cocoa ensues - bullet lollies anyone? Into a snifter at cellar temperature it goes. After a frantic pour it actually settles quite still with the head depleting rapidly to a mere ring on the meniscus. The beer a midnight brown come inky black. The chocolate and liquorice of the aroma is truly amazing, tight, enticing. And then it falls flat a little. The nose is not complex and that is just it. The palate is balanced to the nines but it is just chocolate and liquorice from go to finish. Milky with a light hint of roast carob upfront, mid-palate, on the swallow and lingering in the aftertaste. Where’s the angst, the aggression, the Porter!? Medium to medium light and relatively smooth. Mineral-like and slightly chalky with just a faint whisper of burnt wood. Dry as it passes the tonsils harbouring the alcohol well. Highly drinkable but far too effortless for a strong Porter. Needs some funk and junk in the trunk!!! (65cL, Bottled 22/09/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)
fezzy (104) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nose and flavor are both strongly dominated by licorice and burnt toffee, covering most all else. I suspect there is enough hopping to balance the syrupy elements that come across via mouthfeel, as the finish isn’t overly sweet, but the aforementioned dominants cover up most else in the profile. Maybe a little tobacco note, but hops and malts are lost. That said, this beer is well-balance and thus quite drinkable. I love licorice but for some reason do not always appreciate it in my beer, but this one is well-done. Not super-complex, due to strong dominant elements, but tasty and drinkable.
TimE (4067) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pitch black color. Dark brown head that quickly dissipates. THe nose is a wonderful melange of dark chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of molasses and liquorice. The mouth is medium body with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of oxidization due to the beer being one year old, but that actually works really well and adds a dimension. Big dark fruit lingering in the finish with some chocolate character playing in the background. This is a fantastic porter that really shows how different a stout and a porter are. Love this beer.
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Overall nice. Everything works about this beer, but I feel it’s a bit too subdued.
lightbias (285) - USA - JAN 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shallow Grave pours from a bomber into my teardrop "porter" glass and I watch as the inky-brown liquid flows, the head rising almost as quickly as the beer. Topped immediately but impermanently with a huge and soapy, milk-chocolaty foam; the aroma is roasted coffee with a milky sweetness, like my old (looney-tunes!) Great-Aunt Pat used to think kids should drink their coffee. Yuck for coffee, great for beer!
The taste is somewhat sweet and layered over the bitter roasted malt; the flavor reminiscent of a chocolate covered coffee bean with a thin layer of dark caramel underneath. I’m finding the brew less textured than I appreciate, the medium weight a little lighter than I would prefer. A bit more heaviness would carry this off a lot better, I think, and more carbonation would be a key to making this perfect for me. Of course, this isn’t about me, just my opinions, so there you go.
The finish is short, mostly clean for such a heavy coffee flavor, and is not a bad follow through. Of course, as the brew warms, the aromas become more pronounced and that’s lovely, but I have to say that the carb disappears. Converse of the beginning. Hmph. I like it better cooler, so consider that.
All in all, a nice beer, not a favorite, but solid and not a brew I would turn down.
SlovakSniper (3826) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Noix rôties, chocolat, parcelle de fumée et terre sont des arômes qui s’élèvent de cette bière plutôt noire. Café, caramel légèrement brûlé et chocolat noir sont des saveurs captées par mes papilles. Moyen est son corps et crémeuse est sa texture. Amère est sa finale et agréablement surpris je suis.
alobar (3056) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours tar black with aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and hint of smoke. Lots of roasted malt and chocolate flavor with just a hint of smoke. Excellent beer!
Duchammer (123) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared bottle from Shig poured black with a tan head. Aroma had Carmel rosy smoky notes. Taste had a lot Biscuit toast with undertones of smoked malt. This was a good porter but it reminded me of surly smoke.
SHIG (3915) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to timfoolery shared with duchammer: Poured a dark brown to black with a tan/beige head. Aroma is shards of milk chocolate and malts. Taste is smokey malts, chalky, some light bitterness.