Beerman6686 (5480) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This poured a medium brown color with a beige cover. Aroma was vanilla, spices, chocolate, mild roast, and earthy hops. Flavor was very well balanced, nice mixed bitterness of earthy hops and roast, with just enough sweetness to keep it from being a black ipa.
thirdeye11 (5835) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(500ml bottle) medium brown, lasting tan bubbles. Nose of to h chocolate, graham cracker, cream, bakers chocolate, dry. Taste of dry chocolate, rich, light barrel. Dry body, medium thickness.
yourefragile (139) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL growler served in a HF wine glass.
Pours a rich chocolate black with a quickly dissipating mocha head. Dots of lacing and wet legs line the glass. Aroma starts with mild smoke, bread and burnt malt, and turns mildly sweet with molasses, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and light cream. Flavor has a bready and coffee base, more roasted malt and a baker’s chocolate finish that isn’t particularly sweet. Vanilla and molasses subtly blend in and out of the body without ever being cloying. Biggest knock on this is the slightly thin body and watery finish. Nowhere as robust as Everett and too thin for the style and ABV for my taste. Regardless, an excellent, unique porter but I’ll just stick to Everett.
Damico (2977) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2013 Pours dark black coffee in color with a creamy darker beige head. The aroma brings sweet vanilla and coffee blended so well with a tinge of chocolate. The flavor brings a lot of coffee and ends with pleasant bitter roasted malts all on a creamy body.
jamesewelch (216) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From bottle from brewery. Aroma is coffee, caramel, and a good heaping of vanilla. Color is dark brown, nearly black with minimal tan head. Very sweet with toffee like taste and very distinct vanilla. Full bodied, slick texture, with a long finish of coffee, a little bit of chocolate, and vanilla.
ekoerper (596) - Iowa, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: vanilla, rich chocolate, notes of roast and coffee, dark sugars. Pours black, nearly opaque, tan head with average retention and spotty lacing. Flavor: chocolate and vanilla, smooth roast profile, a touch of coffee, caramel and molasses, coffee, rather faint cinnamon. Bitterness is low-medium, but balances the malt nicely. Medium-full body, medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Great brew.
Ratman197 (11500) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle shared by Forgetfu (thanks Bill!) poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla, light earthiness and light cinnamon. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, coffee and light cinnamon with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.
arminjewell (8737) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, huge thanks to Bill! Dark thick black pour, tan head, aroma has big notes of vanilla, smoke, hints of roast, coffee, cinnamon, spice, slight chocolate, caramel, toffee, finishing fairly sweet, nicely spicy. Taste is a real nice mix of caramel, molasses, toffee, hints of earth, nice coffee, green espresso bean, the cinnamon works so well with the vanilla, slight chocolate and brownie notes, finishing fairly sweet. This is so well crafted.
adnielsen (10145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Ratman’s house. Thanks forgetfu! Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a dark brown head. Spicy cinnamon, huge vanilla bean, rich dark chocolate, cocoa, mildly roasty aroma. Big chocolate, cocoa, roasty coffee, big vanilla flavor. Delicious stuff.
mikem409 (1887) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is rich toasted malt. Taste is medium lots if nuts and chocolate. Some vanilla