BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - MAY 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Strong aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee, with that buttery smell reminiscent of caramel corn, but it blends nicely into the flavor. Has some chocolate icing in the flavor and a strong coffee roastiness. Some grassy hops and some light fruit notes as well, but overall this was a pretty lame beer.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Poured a clear ruddy dark brown color with a khaki head. Smelled of chocolate brownie and earthy dry leaves. There was also some tobacco and leather. Sweet on the tongue and medium bodied. I tasted chocolate, toffee, a splash of coffee, and a hint of sprucy hop. Pretty good.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bitter type roasted aroma, slightly meatllic, dry chocolate roasted taste, pleasant seems like it might get a sweet edge as it warms,a little hop comes in as it warms,and yes there is the slight chocolate syrup sweetness,gooed stuff
Skyview (5282) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a six-pack at Bob McFarlandís Liquors in McFarland, Wisconsin. Pours a semi-hazy dark cola brown brew with a creamy off-white head that slowly dissipates to a fine film and a thick off-white ring. Aroma of roasted dark malt, some dark pitted fruits, a touch of plum, grassy hops with a touch of sour chocolate. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of roasted dark multi-grain malts, some vegetable and grassy hop character and a touch of plums. Finish is semi-sweet with a mild bitterness that is more pronounced compared to other dark beers Iíve tried.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Name: Dinoís Dark
black with ruby edges, fine tan head that rouses into a fig head to leave drippy lace that rolls away, roasted malt aroma with a hint of tartness, big carbonated body, rich roasted flavor, balanced bitter finish,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 4/10; Overall: 10/20
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Steveís Liquor Madison
Dinoís Dark poured garnet with big deep mahogany highlights. A half finger creamy beige head formed on the pour that settled to a thin skim of foam up top. When not held away from the light this beer is as black as night. Leaves patchy lacing after each sip. Looks good.
As I inhale this beer I get a nose full of sweet lightly roasted malts. The roasted malts are the main aroma but there is a very nice compliment of toffee and freshly ground coffee aromas that creep through. Thereís even some dark fruit involved here in the form of plum and fig. Mild floral hop scent on the backend.
Roasted malts upfront in the flavor as well. Much like the aroma there is a solid toffee sweetness that comes through mid-palate and sticks around through the finish. Mild coffee shows up on the finish. Flavors meld together very subtly to make a very enjoyable brew. Mild floral hop bite on the finish. Very nice.
Medium bodied with minimal carbonation lets this beer woirks itís way through slowly. Smooth and creamy. Small hop bitterness on the finish, very small.
This is definately an easy beer to put away. Good sipper with subtle enough flavors to keep me wanting more.
My first offering from Lake Louie and itís definately a good one. Very solid porter with some minor stout like tendancies. Pick it up if you see it.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to iowaherkeye: Brown in color with a huge off white head. Aroma, caramel, slightly fruity, some resin. Flavor, lightly malty, caramel, kinda sweet, medium bodied. I didnít get a whole lot out of it. Didnít hate it, but just couldnít get into it.
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a dark garnet body with a lasting fluffy brown head that leaves gorgeous lacing. The aroma is like my momís chocolate revel bars. Oatmeal, chocolate fudge, sweetened condensed milk, caramel. Thereís also some nice espresso roast in this. The taste is a dry woody oatmeal, dry roast char, green coffee berries, sweet hops. This is one of the better porters Iíve ever had. Definitely should have bought more than one bottle. Darn... this is a great treat! Excellent mouthfeel. Fits very well with this brew. Perhaps "a touch light", but it works. Extremely easy to drink.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a ruby brown with a small brown head. Aroma of coffee, milk chocolate, dirt, condensed milk, some nuttiness along with some roasted malts. Smells quite good. Tastes quite sweet with a bitter roasted malt finish. Taste has a little cereal in there, too. Lighter bodied than some, but not quite thin.
Ughsmash (7225) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Poured a deeper reddish-brown with a tall, lively cap of creamy beige head. Lovely hopped up aroma... pine, earth, and grassy notes on top of deeply-roasted cocoa and coffee. Flavor picked up about the same stuff.. body was fairly light and certainly refreshing. Cocoa was damn near burnt and a bit grainy on the palate. Hopped up cocoa finish. Really a solid effort that I could drink a whole bunch of.