thirdeye11 (5741) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at capone’s) jet black pour, thick creamy lasting head. Nose of cream, graham cracker and milk chocolate. Taste is chocolate covered sour cherries, cream, just absolutely delicious. Perfect sour linger. Awesome and so well balanced with the sour and chocolate.
Damico (2802) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The porter pours black coffee with a creamy tan head. The aroma is sweet, a bit tangerine off tap from the brewery, as opposed to more sour aroma in the suburban bars of Philly. The flavor is chocolate-covered cherry goodness, true light tart flavors of a sour cherry tart and the dark roasted chocolate notes of the porter. From on tap at the brewery I got tangerine in the flavor, delicious overall. Can’t wait for next year’s collaboration from Chief and the boys up at Ithaca!
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A strange bretty/wild roasted black beer. Not for everybody.
How: Tap at Capones PA, first RBSG 2011 bus-trip pit-stop
The look: Near black body topped by a medium tan head
In long: The strange nose with both very wild and very roasted giving the beer an intriguing but also unsettling aroma. Taste has plenty of blackened malts, notes of burnt wood, a lot of bretty wilderness and cobweb notes, coffee, a mild sourness. Dry finish. A strange beast. Objectively this is just a weird unfocussed experiment, but subjectively I enjoyed that weird beer. And now for some Dark Humor: I’m convinced that Islamic organizations are funded by the powerful beef and chicken industry.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at TJ’s: Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, malted chocolate, malt, a hint of brett, and some yeast. Poured mahogany/ruby/brown in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of roasted malt, malt, slight Brett, chocolate, and roasting. Medium body. Dry texture. Average carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate finish is dry.
Leafs93 (1834) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma was dark chocolate, coffee, red grapes and roastyness. Taste was a sweet and sour, very well balanced. Easy to drink.
trancecyclist (46) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a tulip glass at Capone’s, and this beer was actually listed as a sour on their menu. So I was surprised to get a chocolate-colored beer with a thick cask or nitrogen-style of head. Apart from the slight sweetness of the roasted malts, the next predominant taste is vanilla. Whatever sourness is there is fairly far in the background, but there is some there. Certainly not your typical porter, and a brew worth trying at least once.
zach8270 (3801) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Dark black pour with a thin tan head. Rich and roasty aroma with some dark fruit notes and coffee underneath. Surprisingly fruity at the start of the flavor. Very wine-like with lots of dark fruits mixed with bittersweet chocolate and some heavily roasted malts. Slightly sweet on the finish.
Sammy (9340) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed on tap at Cole’s, the only bar on elmwood open on July 4th. Dark, creamy, thcik chocolate.
scarletfire65 (1072) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Rockaway Seafood Company. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights, small cinnamon colored head. The aroma is textbook coffee, roasted malts, and ripe red fruit. The body is a solid medium, with flavors of creamy coffee, oak, toast, and a lemony finish. Interesting play between the citrus and wood flavors. Pretty good, maybe a bit young and fresh.
jtclockwork (10444) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Capone’s. Thanks to jcwattsrugger for the share! Pours black. Brown head. Nose/taste of roast chocolate malts, vanilla, espresso and grass. Taste is same with light lemon zest and moderate sour notes. Medium body.