rayl101 (150) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2011 Pours an opaque brown with a thin tan head that sticks around. Aroma is chocolaty coffee, with a touch of smoke. Body is full. Flavor is chocolatly coffee, with a little vanilla. Very smooth, and drinkable.
Pailhead (3859) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of fbm115
Bottle: The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla, and light roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a minimal brown head with some minimal spotty lacing. The flavor starts with dark chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The finish has roasted coffee and light nuttiness. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.
Travlr (7984) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Completely black, thick brown head, moderate retention. Aroma of seven layer death-by-chocolate cake. Taste is espresso poured over an Italian tartuffo dessert. Medium body. Very nice.
Reynolds314 (1480) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 23, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow, This is the second best porter Ive ever had just behind Everett. The taste is a bit more complex then Everett with sweet and spicy notes from the extra ingredients. This has a lactose like character which adds sweetness and texture. Reminds me of an amazing milk stout.
GT2 (5661) - Riverslime, California, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL growler/flip-top thanks to oteyj. Poured a heavily carbonation deep cola brune with a medium tan head. Not much formation or lace. Nose is banana split esters, milk chocolate, overripe bananas, muted peppermint/candy cane. As it warms...gingerbread is a nice addition. Taste is bitter coffee, lemon acidity, lighter feeling with cardboard and chalk. Not the biggest fan here. Acidic, phlegmy palate. Feels too thin...mild spice. Hmmm...not impressed.
oteyj (2114) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at HFS. Dark as a moonless night with an unyielding foamy head. Massive brownie and espresso gives way to spicy cinnamon chocolate, caramel, molasses, and a roast presence that simply wont quit. Vanilla in the finish, with all the deliciousness of roasted barley... sans bitter astringency. The palate is amazingly thick- thicker than any porter Iíve had, and even most stouts. Creamy rich carbonation with a velvety mouthfeel and soft finish. The perfect winter porter.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at release. Really wanting this one, pours out a fantastic black as night pour, off white/coffee head. The coffee bursts out the nose on the aromas, some spice, and a sweet background. Palate is so smooth and rich, the vanilla really rounds out a finish that ends a beer filled with smooth coffee and cocoa. Big and robust, amazing!
Ernesto987 (2375) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On tap at release party, ridiculous, big sweet flavors huge beer. Delicate vanilla
lushawn (2648) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at skinny pancake. Beautiful bright rustic roast, sweet creamy milk chocolate, extra layor of molasses and plummy dark fruit. Perfect amount of bitter coffee roast. Super tasty. Great beer all around.
hbmason (1087) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 12, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft. Pitch black color with a light head. Creamy and smooth with a nice coffee and vanilla flavor. Nice.