blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[My bottle (500ml) shared with HogTownHarry, jercraigs & mabel -- c/o Glouglouburp] Pours a very dark brown with red hues and an average size diminishing frothy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, a hint of peat, leafy hops and some light lactic notes. Flavour of leafy hops, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, a bit of mint and an average bitter finish. Medium bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Really good stuff.
Itsme_timd (4) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I got this in a 500ml bottle in a trade. Shared with some friends at a mini-tasting.
Itís hard for me to find fault with this beer. I hate to use the generic term "balanced" but it applies very well here. Itís an excellent and very smooth porter. You get the coffee, vanilla and cinnamon notes in perfect harmony. Not one flavor dominates over the other. This is one of the best beers Iíve had.
AirForceHops (2711) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft @ BlackBack Fly Shop. HFS snifter shows deep brown color with lasting thin white ring of head. Aroma starts of deep roasted malts followed by vanilla bean and burnt coffee grounds. The flavor follows with the vanilla bean and cinnamon integrated well throughout the sip. The body is on the fuller side for the style with a creamy texture. Delicious, nothing short of awesome.
Homer321 (971) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A loud and forceful bottle cap almost flee off. Poured into a duvel glass. Huge light brown head. Moderate coffe and dark chocolate in the nose. Not much vanilla. Flavor is similar with more chocolate and coffee. Really not seeing any sign of vanilla or cinnamon at all. Overall its not a bad porter but there isnít anything that great or complex about it.
bellco33 (160) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Black Back: Pours dark brown with a cream colored head. Vanilla, roasted malt on the nose. Flavor is vanilla, coffee, cinnamon. Malty goodness but not overwhelmingly sweet. Smooth finish, sticks to the mouth, full bodied. Awesome beer.
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 23, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. 75cl. Pours black with a creamy head. Mild cinnamon, roast, chocolate and coffee. Smooth and silky. Bitter roasted finish. Balanced and not overdone. Very drinkable.
swoopjones (5329) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Black Back pub. Waterbury VT. Amazing porter, fuller bodied thing of beauty. Chocolate, coffee, lots of roasted maltiness. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious
mathieuc (983) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice dark brown with a small brown head that leaves some lacing. Aroma is of roasted grains, spices and a little bit of green pepper. It feels really fresh. Taste is only lightly sweet with roasted malt flavors (and also that slight green pepper but it isnít disturbing). Nice sweet and vanilla finish. Body is medium, carbonation level enhancing the smoothness impression. Quite elegant, moreso than I remember from our last encounter.
harrymel (1448) - Spokane, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottled 2012-13 winter. Itís relatively fresh is what Iím saying.
Itís black with a nice solid sheet of tan foam. Smells nice, coffee, cocoa, rich toasted graham crackers, bits of burnt toffee and a good dose of vanilla - but not overbearing. Flavor is rich with the tone of the nose and a little hint of pepper and almost a waxy crayon note. The bitterness is well matched with rich dark gooey chocolates and a little bit of dust. Full and smooth body with low carb and an off dry, but mucous producing finish. Nearly perfect mouthfeel for my money. nice beer as usual.
DesertDevil (448) - Arizona, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler. Heavy chocolate malty nose with a light vinous and vinegar tone, some coffee, and touch of cinnamon. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Light vanilla and just the right amount of cinnamon with some earthy coffee on the back end. Dry, woody spiced finish. Good stuff.