blutt59 (6502) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle, rthanks to bu11zeye, ruby black color, no head to speak of, nose is dry cocoa and malty, flavor is malty sweet cocoa
MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into an English pint. HFSP pours deep ruby, nearly black with a mocha-colored head of medium-size. The nose is subtle and of dark cherries or maybe blueberry. There’s also some vanilla in there. it smells wonderful. Wow! The blueberry flavor comes through quite distinctly without tasting artificial. I wouldn’t have guessed this flavor in this beer by the description. As a former brewer I’ve never had a blueberry flavor come out without actually adding blueberries; it is very interesting. This beer will get extra points for originality. The body is typical porter, medium heavy. The finish is surprisingly quick.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to STLWill. Black color with a thin head. Roasty aroma with a little lactose. That milk stands out a lot in the flavor. Some fruit, primarily blueberry, rounded off by some roasted malt.
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
Roasted and toasted cereals build a suave body alongside blackberry-like fruitiness in this smooth and quaffable Porter.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the lightly hazy blackness.
-Although the flavor profile is relatively simple, it is highly pleasant and well constructed.
-Cereal sweetness tends to overcome the hoppiness or roasty dryness, but if you like chewing malts like I do, you should like this brew.
-The finish is a continuation of the flavor profile; there are no surprises here, just malty goodness.
ekstedt (6489) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled (bomber) at Café 3 små rum, Göteborg, Sweden. Dark brown, almost black, medium beige head. Strong milk chocolate aroma with some roasted notes in the background. Medium bodied and smooth. Well balanced, slightly sweet with a dry finish.
gnoff (9548) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2008 (Bottle at Café 3 Små Rum, Göteborg)
Clear deep ruby red color, light brown head. Grainy, amlty, chocolate, some chilli, scent. Malty, sweet, chocolate, grainy taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness.
Another taste from bottle at 3 Små Rum = very nice!
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Bottle] shared by STLWill. Pours a clear deep brown with a minimal tan head. Aroma is sweetish, slightly lactic with some caramel. Flavor is a bit sweet, some nice black and blueberry flavors , roasted bittersweet chocolate malt, and some red licorice.
Christian (12716) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a small light brown head. Big aroma of chocolate, bready and wort-ish malt, caramel, figs. Sweet, mostly chocolate flavour, with a hint of roast in the finish. Silky smooth and silky sweet and slightly boring as such.
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours black with minimal tan head. Nice aroma of dark roast with slight chocolate. Flavor has lots of cereal with nice chocolate toasty taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium body with high carbonation...ood stuff, would taste good for breakfast.
jb (2899) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a nice find in a store I found through ratebeer in Columbus. Very dark with a thick small bubble head and some lacing was left. Raspberry, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee in the nose. Smooth, yes, silky, but somewhat oily mouthfeel. Neutral finish, not much of an aftertaste. Very very nice.