Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from Karl Strauss.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a few added additions. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes – as you expect in a porter – but I also get some oak and dark fruit notes. The fruit is very wine-like and really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer with a great name. Definitely a beer to try if you get the chance.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in line for GTMW tickets (Madison, WI). Pours a rich roasty brownish hue, good murkiness, frothy tannish head, touch of lacing as it rings. Aromas are toffee, touches of malty caramel, faint biscuit, cocoa. Some mellow spice, brown sugar, touch of dried fruit. Initial is medium bodied, offering dried cocoa, toffee, toast into the fold. Some mellow toffee, gentle biscuit, brown sugar. Middle is a touch swete and thick, quickly moving into a dry and mellow spiced finish. Dried toast, dry hops. Abv is well hidden. Solid beer.
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep brown with ruby highlights and a cream head. nose is wood, roasted malts, fruits, and light port wine. easy on the palate, flavor is wood and dark fruits, smooth finish, port in the finish.
JohnnyJ (4041) - 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.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Karl Strauss has been crushing the seasonals, and this one’s another fine brew from them. Thick, gleaming dark brown pour with moderate carbonation. Nose has plenty of the yummy Baltic quality one would expect, but also has plum jam, Italian roast, and the barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, a trace of heat on the finish. Figs, currants, and cocoa come together with a very unassuming barrel that lends part vinous and part tannins to the beer. I actually found myself wanting more of the vinous barrel character, so kudos to the brewer for being understated!
Cavie (3634) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy exiled. Orange colored pour. Light carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt, caramelly but remains light. Flavor is sweet but has a sharp element. Peanutty flavor.
drfabulous (3565) - 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.
alexanderj (3264) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle; poured a dark brown color with a large, semi-frothy dark khaki head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, roasted malt, wood, alcohol, brown sugar. Flavor had much more a chocolate flavor, which was really nice. Fruit, caramel, oak, dark fruit and a hint of coffee. Smooth and just the touch of the barrel. Very easy to drink. Very good.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2/10/11 bomber from dakine.
clear. pale porter color with a reddish-orange tint.
mild roasty aroma followed by notes of chocolate, vinous/grapey fruit, wood and slight smoke.
the flavor is the same along with a coffee character which lingers in the after taste.
it is rather thin bodied... but that adds to the drinkability. 7.5/3/7.5/3/15
TheEpeeist (3137) - 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.