cladinshadows (45) - USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very old 22 oz. bottle dated 4/16/12. Aroma is delicious - vanilla and chocolate with some dark fruit/raisin notes. Appears pitch black but brilliantly clear with ruby/garnet highlights at the edge of the glass. Head retention is nonexistent (I’ve had this beer three times now, always the same) and dissipates like I just poured a coca-cola. Taste is as promised by the aroma and is very nicely balanced. A very broad and complex palate of toasty/chocolate flavors mingle with vanilla/fruity/caramelized flavors. This is possibly the maltiest tasting porter I’ve had (which is sort of how this porter makes its mark on the style). The mouthfeel is medium to full with the appropriate balance of carbonation - it’s satisfyingly malty and sweet but not cloying. Overall this is an excellent robust porter that is certainly one of the best bottled porters you can buy. It would be nice to find a fresh one for comparison, but this beer seems to hold up to aging very well.
TimE (3618) - 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 (1449) - 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 (230) - 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 (3543) - 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 (2963) - 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 (115) - 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 (3785) - 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.
stevoj (2533) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Everything a porter should be, dark and toasty, touches of chocolate, mild coffee bitterness. Smooth and easy to drink.
alberti92 (131) - - DEC 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from cellarbrations super store hami hill. Pours a dark brown with a tan head leaving lots of lacing. On the nose straight from the bottle it's rich dark chocolate backed with roasted coffee beans. Fairly light bodied with moderate carbonation. Taste wise it's fairly bitter with plenty of chocolate, cacao, roasty and coffee notes. Great beer to sit back and sip on.
emacgee (4238) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clean dark opaque pour with two fingers of nice and tight mocha brown head. Nice aroma, burnt sugar and dark fruit with raisins and fruit skins. Some black day old coffee and caramel. Awesome beer to distinguish porter by, no roasty notes but plenty of dark character. Burnt sugar and dark fruit with some slick acidity. Medium bodied and a bit slick with a low carbonation.