hivemind (692) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from the Vintner split w Andy, James and Streets over Settlers. Pour is close to black, tan head. Aroma and palate are coffee, chocolate and ripe berry. Sticky mouthfeel which was great for a porter (more like a stout) and great subtle tart flavor. Like a sour porter.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great appearance, big bubbly head on dark body, with some reddish highlights. Lacey. Smooth mouthfeel. Some horse on grass in the residue. Coffee but not all coffee, or acidic. Some sourness. Decent drinkability.
Ughsmash (6914) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Poured deep, cola brown with a tall, dense, creamy khaki head. The aroma picked up sweet coffee and chocolatey notes with accents of cocoa, vanilla, and a light hit of raspberry.. sweet and mocha-ey on the back of the nose. The flavor found burnt black malts and coffee at the core, with tart raspberry seeds and bitter cocoa around.. dry and tangy on the finish with some residual belly warmth. Medium-bodied and dry on the palate.. I don’t know if they actually put berries in here.. or if I liked that character.. but it was a solid drinker overall.
jredmond (4595) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Brendan whilst playing a few rounds of Settlers of Catan. Pours a deep brown with thin white lacing. Aroma is tart fruit, sweet chocolate and light roast. Mouthfeel is medium and very nice; notes of cocoa, spice, tart fruit and toasted chocolate malts.
savnac (2363) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle from Arizona. Dark brown with a small fizzy light tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and tart pie cherries. Flavor is sour cherry, chocolate and acidic coffee. Medium to light body with active carbonation. This was definitely infected, sour cherry with a really thin body, Meh, drain pour.
solidfunk (2589) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells pungent with coffee, some musk. Thick consistency, medium to low carbonation. Taste has light sourness, some bitterness. Good lacing - pours dark brown, black. Bottle from Sammy at tasting.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Total Wine, North Raleigh. Always up for a dose of the bean, in whatever format. These LD brews are hit and miss, but this one was a pleasant surprise for the most part. But soupy black pour, sludgy and shake-like with a thick filmy head. Nose of potent roast coffee and deep chocolate. Thick, oily mouthfeel works quite well. Flavors are a bit different than you’d expect, though, with a heavy lacto and vanilla vibe alongside the strong choc and bean. Nice one.
Lukaduke (1475) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep burnt umber color with a big frothy mocha head. On teh nose its dirty... composty, earthy with hints of spent coffe grounds and caramel malt. On the palate its a lot of the same. Pretty unfocused and messy really not a fan of this one. Not a whole lot of coffee coming through and too much mineral soiled flavor. Not my bag what so ever.
Elwood (2909) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours black with a thick brown head. It has a strong nose with heavy roast, slight plastic, and heavy mineral notes. The flavor follows suit with the roast and mineral dominating. The coffee side comes out a little more as it warms with a slight dried stone fruitiness coming out too. Full bodied with a lingering finish. This one seemed a little out of sync to me.
jgb9348 (4283) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thick, four centimetre thick pungent brown head - very nice looking for sure. Aroma of roasted malt, squash, apples and raisins, oak, canella, oatmeal and quite a bit of anise, coffee and alcohol. Medium-bodied; Assertive prune and plum flavours at first with a heavy dose of alcohol and roasted malt right behind, a good note of coffee and darker (~55% cacao) chocolates, some faint cherry and milk notes and a good spicey finish almost showing some heat. Aftertaste just as complex as the initial tastes with good coffee notes as well as prune and pit fruit sweetness, all with a bitter anise and malt flavour. Overall, a nice and interesting beer that takes many shapes as you drink it - definitely worth trying if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Crystal City Wine Shop on 24-November-2012 for US$9.99 sampled at home around the corner from the store in Washington on 05-January-2013.