TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Chestnut-hued ebony. Creamy beige head holds fairly well. Aroma features notes of tar, smoky java, roasted malt, charcoal, and burnt caramel. Slightly metallic and hints of soy sauce. Obviously-forced carbonation immediately collapses on the palate. Fluffy and beefy java inundates the taste buds, though it deposits a vegetal limpness as well as some background papery elements. The sharper, more-defined malts give way to a flabby roasted-grain foundation, which is all that remains. The center is quite hollow and entirely devoid of malt depth, and the prevalent tingle of coffee-derived acidity only lessens the malt sweetness. Some grit is imparted by the deeper roast, but the flabbiness keeps it from taking foothold. Finishes extremely wet and flabby, with a metallic-tinged coffee element lingering alongside unsweetened chocolate. Itís imperative that a coffee beer has a solid base beer to work with. Take away the coffee in this, and youíre left with a rather rudimentary porter with a terribly artificial mouthfeel.
hopdog (8455) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2007 On tap.Poured a dark brown color with a very small sized off white head. Aromas of chocolates, light roast and light coffeee. Tastes of chocolate, sweet caramel, roast with a light bitter coffee finish. Thinner body. 6 4 7 3 14
Rerate from bottle. Bottle labeled bottled on Sep 12 07. Aromas has heavier roastiness, coffee and vanilla. Better smelling than the last time I had it. Increased the overall #s a little bit.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured black with a rich, sweet, roast coffee aroma and flavor.
Finish was rich and smokey.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I get almost complete black colour on this with a small head that almost immediatly faded. Not much of an aroma until it warmed a bit, and then it ended up with a mostly black coffee aroma with some toasted notes. The flavour is cloying with more coffee and some chocolate as well. There really isnít much s far as hops and other flavours go. This is a nice feeling beer, however. Often times I feel that porters are too thin for my liking, and this one is just right.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma was like fresh brewed coffee, with a smoked aroma detectable. Flavor had a medium sweet coco malt that was smooth on the palate. Mild lingering coffee aftertaste.
nolankowal (921) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of SDbruboy, thanks again Cliff! Pours a dark reddish brown...kind of translucent with a somewhat creamy light tan head that fades to a nice film. The aroma is pretty big, lots of roasted malt and coffee, some chocolate, a bit of hazlenut, and a tinge of caramel. The flavor holds some of the aromas elements: roasted malt, nuts, coffee, and some elements of milk chocolate, some ash, and some light fruitiness...though they all seem kinda of light except for the heavy hit of coffee and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is smooth with rich elements without ever becoming thick...in fact this beer feels more like it has a medium body to it. A nice mix of roasty, sweet, sour, and bitter with a roasty/dry finish. Even though the coffee elements are a bit over the top, I still enjoyed sipping on this one during this chilly December evening. Neat stuff that really kinda goes balls out.
bitbucket (2155) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Collins Pub. Pours clear dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste of coffee, nuts, chocolate, roasty malt. Almost-dry finish with a touch of sourness. From the aroma and the taste itís pretty clear that this part porter, part cuppa joe - which has itís up and down sides. Iím used to the coffee-like flavor in many dark beers, but the real taste of coffee is almost jarring in this case, and kind of fights with the porter a bit.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very interesting offer from Kona. While I normally just pass Kona in ther beer isle, I was out with a friend of mine and I tried it on tap. A very nice nose of roasted malts, coffee beans, a little vanilla and chocolate. Appearance was a deep brown, filtered and medium-bodied. Flavors were pretty much the same as the nose but with an emphasis on the coffee profile. A very nice porter worth a try if you can find it.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2008 (Bottle) Pours a black body with a light brown head. Aroma of roasted coffee and chocolate. Flavor of roasted malt, licorice, and sweet chocolate.
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled September 2006, Sampled November 2006
Pours with a frothy, initially two-finger thick, tan tinted, light brown colored head. The beer is an opaque black color. This certainly smells of roasted grain & coffee beans. There is also an intense at times note that makes me think of burnt berries. This beer has a really bright coffee aroma to it; some beers have components of coffee aromatics in it, but this one actually smells like coffee (makes sense, but I am glad enough was put in to be so noticeable in the aroma). Aromatic notes of sweet, yet dark chocolate are also quite evident.
The beer has quite a creamy mouthfeel to it, which I am relieved by as the large coffee notes in the aroma had me worried that the beer would not be able to stand up to the coffee flavors. My fears are easily allayed though. A solid, and yes creamy, sweetish malt character stands up to and ultimately accentuates nicely the coffee notes. There is perhaps a touch of dark chocolate in the flavor, but mostly creamy coffee notes dominate. Roasted coffee bean notes create provide a nice burnt roastiness here that is quite smoothly integrated. There is a touch of roast derived acidity as well, but only enough to add a roundness to the beer, as it never becomes sharp.
I really like the creamy mouthfeel on this beer, it makes it so smooth and drinkable and really helps to smooth out the harsher coffee notes that could have otherwise dominated the flavor profile. I could definitely drink a few of these in an evening, but I wonder if I would be too wired to go to sleep.