Theis (12778) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Barcade, Brooklyn. Pitch black - brown head. Licorice. Burned malts. Tarmac notes. Dry burned. Fruity notes. Light smokey notes. Chocolate. Cocoa. Nice baltic porter.
bhensonb (10361) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aromas of dill, chocolate and coffee. Full bodied. Hint of smoke. Otherwise flavor per aroma. Smooth with just a bit of head. Finishes approaching dry.
Lubiere (9440) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark porter with a thin dark brown head. In aroma, sweet licorice malt, molasse, sweet chocolate, very nice. In mouth, a nice smooth sweet chocolate, with nutella, light maple, mocha coffee, warming alcohol, sweet smooth. Sweet and smooth. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 21 2012.
Ratman197 (9061) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of licorice, dark chocolate, roastiness, coffee and dark fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit and light coffee with a smooth lingering roasty finish.
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared at the 18th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering. This was a killer extra from Ghostface. Thanks! Pours a clear red-brown color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of chocolate, raisin and toasted malts. The taste is raisin, chocolate, nuts and bitter hops. Medium bodied, creamy, smooth, average carbonation, low bitterness. Very nice beer, and not just because it has my name on it...
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle: Pours a mostly opaque black with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel nose with some light roast, chocolate and plum notes. Starts with good fullness and chewy sweet dark malt with some dark fruity complexity and mild piny hop flavor and bitter balance. Finishes slightly drier, but still semi-sweet, with good dark chocolate character. True to style and quite enjoyable.
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. Poured deep brown with a well-retained beige head. The aroma picked up sweet vanilla and butterscotch upfront, with vinous notes and date sweetness behind.. light-moderate roast, and a lot of sweetness.. more of a nice brown ale than a Baltic Porter. The flavor found sweet, lightly-roasted black patent and smoky malts at the core, with light mocha bitterness and more smoky notes around.. dry, scratchy, roasty finish. Medium-bodied at most on the palate.. seemed roastier as it warmed up.. not a great Baltic Porter, but an easy-drinkiní brew.
bb (6719) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark mahogony beer with a light brown head. Toffee and light caramel aroma. Toffee and light roast flavor with light mineral, light vanilla, and light chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee and caramel lingers with light nuttiness, light mineral, and light chocolate.
DuffMan (6168) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Hearty looking very dark pour with a modest light brown head. Sweet dark malty aroma, molasses, light ash, dark fruits. Chewy dark caramel malt, chocolaty, with a little soy sauce, a little ashy smoke, and lots of figgy and pruney fruit acids. Nice sweetness, full bodied. Loved it.
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested).
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel), with a note of vanilla.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This seems like a really bad idea for a line of beers, because you really cannot win no matter how the beer turns out. On the one hand, if a non-brewer were to (supposedly) make something better than the brewers normally do (which appears to be the case here), then it makes the brewers look really inept. Not that itís likely Dan (a "tax / transportation manager") really brewed this himself, or perhaps even contributed anything more than the comment "guys, why donít you make a big porter or stout?". On the other hand, if the beer sucks, it proves that the idea of letting non-brewers make a beer was ridiculously misguided (again, assuming they really did stand back and leave a non-brewer to it). I mean, letís be fair to Dan...brewing beer isnít something you just do on a whim. It takes some education and/or apprenticeship and lots of practice to do it well. This would almost be like a homebuilder saying "we thought weíd have one of our accountants build your house...ya know, just to see how it goes." Just not a good idea. So, silly marketing aside, the beer itself is actually decent. Pleasant malt character rules the nose, and while itís pretty simple overall, it is attractive. The mouth experience is clean, nicely textured (creamy), and the alcohol is well-hidden, but ultimately itís just too sweet to drink very much of...thereís not enough finishing bitterness to keep you going back in for another sip. Itís not fatiguing so much as...well...tiring. I literally got bored of drinking it after about six ounces.