StormCoat (104) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted a bomber bottle. Pours a very dark, translucent brown with a medium-sized, fluffy beige head. Aroma is sweet and malty. Flavors are rich, sweet, and very interesting: lots of chocolate and molasses, pitted against juicy dark fruit notes such as raisin. A smooth and somewhat oily mouthfeel, and while this beer seems fairly rich, it’s still drinkable and doesn’t feel overly heavy. My favorite thing about this beer is the long finish and aftertaste, which reminds me of cherries backed by a light coffee bitterness. Really nice. I’ll look forward to drinking this again next winter.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Johnc, thanks!!! Dark brown. Aroma of dates, odd sweet wine, caramel. Flavor is sweet, very light roast, dates, cocoa. Nice.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is chocolatey with light vanilla and port notes. Pours dark brown, thin head. Flavors of roast, chocolate, light vanilla sweetness, a little thin. I wanted more out of this. Not bad, but sounded better on paper.
port. Kind of thin
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
creamy chocolate nose, some wintery nutmegy spice. dark mousey brown, frothy tan head. sharp and warm with alcohol. leather, raisin, chewy malt, finishes warm.
bvc (1123) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks Alex. Pours with a nice big even head and fluffy lacing. Quite dry and roasty with a peppery finish, hints of wine, toffee and raisins. Roasty patent malt, burnt nuts, toffee, coffee, licorice, oak, peat, light raisin. Touch more port notes would had been nice.
jtclockwork (6229) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours black with off white head. Vinous notes in nose and taste. Nose is also chocolate malt and vanilla beans. Taste is chocolate malt, sarsaparilla, vanilla beans, barrel and light lactose sweetness.
ChazMania (640) - Pasadena, California, USA - JAN 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a Tulip glass. Mild aroma, faint of mocha and malt. Dark but not opaque pour. Taste is more mild than nose or color; some smoke and toast flavor, ok palate, not too bright but not chewy either. Good but not great for this style.
JohnnyJ (3894) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown, slightly red pour, with thin off-white bubbly head. Chocolate, molasses, fruit, raisin, light red grape, sweet caramel, and earth. Actually pretty decent, especially for Karl Strauss, probably the best one from them that I have tried.
drfabulous (3384) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce thanks to Luckyhank. Pours a big cream head. Nice sugar sweet porter. Molasses. Little bit of coffee. Sweetness is more of a milk stout sweetness. Nice overall.
TheEpeeist (3052) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a spongy beige head. Nose is coffee bean, cocoa, hay and black olive. Medium body with soft carb; oily and a bit sticky. Taste is chocolate, Mexican coffee, salty licorice and sweet port wine. Finishes dry with raw peanut. I was skeptical but this works well as a winter warmer. Barrel aging adds spice and depth.