Dodgrblu (659) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Cap Tap at 10 K celebration, hoppy, some water, character limit sucks.
oRos (1293) - sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at california 10k event. Pours black with off white head. Taste is big roasted malts with some sweetness. It was a graveyard smash.
BEENJAMIN (290) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is ridiculous, gram cracker, cinnamon, coffee, molasses. Flavors are similar, lots spice and deep malts, this is a really unique porter and I’m excited to drink it every year.
marcus (7172) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
At Capitol Beer bottle share. Pours dark brown with a modest beige head and a treacle aroma. There is a medium-bodied sweet malt flavor with a dry finish.
jgb9348 (4972) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, very fast-dying tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, pumpkin, squash, nuts, earth, pit fruits, prunes and a bit of spices. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasty and earthy malts up front with a good dose of coffee and prunes right behind with little else aside from the slightest bit of hops. Aftertaste shows some squash and a faint note of spices and a bit of the sugars. Overall, a fairly watery imperial porter with not as much complexity as a standard porter, but showing a touch more alcohol. Decent to try, but I was expecting more from the brewery and I wouldn’t have brought this back home if I knew it would turn out like this. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Made in Oregon in Portland, Oregon (PDX Airport, Terminal D) on 28-September-2013 for US$5.49 sampled at home in Washington on the other side of the country, two days before halloween on 29-October-2013.
bhensonb (12012) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Made in Oregon. 8.0% Pours dark brown/black with a slight beige head. Aroma of veg and treacle. And liquorice. Med + body. Flavor is treacle and liquorice with hints of chocolate. I think there’s more in this, but it’s hard to figure it out. Not the common porter. Finishes more dry than not.
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bottle. The pour was a very dark muddy brown with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown bubbly head that receded steadily, eventually becoming nothing more than a small collar which did produce some excellent streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a roasted dark grain malt and an earthy leathery yeast with notes if molasses, dark chocolate, roasted coffee and a whiff of smoke.
The taste was reminiscent of the aroma, beginning with a bold malty roasted flavor and just a touch of molasses, and then became mildly bitter with a strong mocha-coffee taste and a mild smokiness towards the end. The flavor lasted an average time following the swallow with a roasty coffee presence left to linger, along with a mild alcohol warming.
Mouthfeel was a hair past medium in body with a thin oily texture and a prickly carbonation.
Overall this was a bold and tasty roasted brew, with all of the components of a really good Porter, which did a great job of almost totally concealing the high ABV. Thus creating a good smooth drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
Theydon_Bois (11491) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Fifth Quadrant (NOL) - 07/11/12 @8.1% ABV.
Mid black in appearance with a thin tan head.
Nose comprises dark roast malts, chocolate, touch of coffee.
Tastes of dark malts, aniseed, molasses, liqourice, sweet dark sugars.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation leading to a sweet and roasty finish.
Decent enough drop.
peteinSD (1426) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a scattering of light tan foam. Roast, chocolate, and thin bitterness with pine in the aroma. Taste is dry roast, off flavors, and a lingering hope bitterness. Light, watery mouthfeel. Okay.
mikedR (1491) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is the 2014 version; different label, and higher ABV (8%). Seriously, this could easily be labeled as a stout. Strong coffee and chocolate notes, and pretty chewy as well. Recommended!