swoopjones (6214) - 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 (1514) - Québec, 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 isn’t 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 (1503) - 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. It’s relatively fresh is what I’m saying.
It’s 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 (555) - 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.
JBPortland (929) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2L growler purchased 10/23. Pours dark brown with small head. Nose is coffee, cocoa, faint spices. Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Taste is subtle coffee, cream, roasty, some spices. Finish is medium bitterness with nice creamy coffee, some milk chocolate, notes of spices and cinnamon, some sweetness. So delicious.
lachrymalisis (394) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
no bullshit inane bloviation could add anything else to the discussion of descriptions of this beer.
emacgee (4146) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Jason for sharing! Super carbonated when opened, sits black with a profuse fizzy tan head. Nose shows coffee and a touch of vanilla and wonderfully nuanced dark grain notes. Hard to get much out of the flavor due to the excessive carbonation. Some cacao and coffee with bitter dark grain but I feel like the more delicate compounds are lost in the maelstrom of carbonation.
RichTheVillan (3531) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle tasting with Kaufmanised; dark brown pour with substantial creamy beige head, big coffee aroma, coffee taste and cocoa some earthy hop action, some nutty action and maybe a hint of vanilla.
knickskicks (764) - - SEP 1, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black, tan head. Nose is some light roast, like cocoa, a hint of vanilla, some nutmeg. Tastes as it smells. Smooth medium body. Everything is so well integrated, very clean.
jredmond (5655) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of Joel. Pours a deep, murky brown body with thin mocha head/lacing. Aroma is vanilla, nuts, yeast and espresso roast. Mouthfeel is medium and very nicely balanced with notes of espresso, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and spice. Very nice porter.