Kegger71 (1) - Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft at Long Trail Brewery. Pours dark brown to black with generous brown head that lasts. Amazing porter, lots of chocolate and malt, but not overwhelming. Hints of fruit. No alcohol burn for such a strong beer. A lot of flavors and aromas that blend awesomely.
AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark chocolate brown. Coffee and roasted malt aroma nice creamy head. Definite flavor of coffee on palate but finish is a bit unbalanced with chocolate tasting more burnt than sweet.
polo_marco (320) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The smell is of chocolate and cinnamon with a slight caramel malt finish. Nice deep dark black thick look to it. Taste is warming within followed by chocolate nice spices and then a booze wine finish with a hint of hop at the very edge. Delicious porter!
puboflyons (3123) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. The pour is dark brown to near black with am long lasting delicate tan head. Opaque with good lacing. Aroma of cooked chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and dark malts with hops de-emphasized. The body is medium and creamy. The taste is dreamy. A good dose of chocolate malts, coffee, and licorice up front with the slightest dry hop presence at the end. Alcohol is very well integrated. 9.3%? You’d never know it.
kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black is the night devoid of stars.
Black glides effortlessly down the throat, velvety-sweetness not to be overlooked.
Cold and absinthe, warm and dark.
This winter is brought to you by this collaboration and artistic form.
Just the right balance of carbonation at low temps to dance... Taste the dark chocolate and cocoa nibs. A dark at the back of the tongue perfection.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
mjhall89 (36) - - APR 11, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly toasty porter with good chocolate flavor. Not that complex but very flavorful and smooth. Deep and dark color with very thin cafe colored head.
dlovell2 (1803) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Long Trail. Really dark brown with slight amber tint and coffee colored head. Aromas of coffee and chocolate and smokiness. Roasted malt flavors with charred smokiness. Black coffee and dark chocolate flavors. Some piney hippiness in finish. Silky feel in mouth.
Bacterial (2871) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle picked up at Whole Foods in DC. Dark brown pour with a slight tan head and a bit of lacing. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. This is a massive porter - strong but deceptive. Flavorful but balanced. Quite nice.
Darkmagus82 (2271) - - OCT 13, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 3-31-14-
Poured from growler into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black-deep brown color with a small head of a tan colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving some bubble islands of foam on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite heavy of a roasted malt smell as well as some big chocolate and lighter coffee aromas. Along with the darker aromas are some big sweeter smells with tons of vanilla and a bit of caramel. With a bit of a cream smell mixed within, the aroma is overall a nice roasty- chocolate cappuccino smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet chocolate bar flavor mixed with some nice roasted malt tastes and a nice level of sweeter vanilla. As the taste moves on some lighter coffee flavors come to the tongue bringing with them some bitterness. The coffee never gets too strong, but gains a bit more of a pronounced flavor as some of the chocolate slowly starts to fade as the taste moves on to the end. Some other sweeter flavors of a caramel nature also come to the tongue more toward the middle to the end of the taste. Along with the caramel so too comes some lighter earthy and herbal tastes, which with all the other changes in the flavors that occur, one is left with a lightly bittered and moderately roasty and sweeter chocolate coffee flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly lower side for a porter of 9.3 % abv. with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. The carbonation was rather nice for the mix of sweeter chocolate and darker flavors of the brew. While initially I thought a slightly thicker and chewier body may have overall been nice for the darker and sweeter nature of the beer, after drinking more I found that the thinner body did make for a nice crispness that matches the slight increase in hop at the end of the taste rather nicely. Overall I would have to say the feel was done quite well.
Overall – A rather nice porter overall which with the lowering in chocolate and the bit of bitter flavor that comes to the tongue at the end of the taste, it actually makes for a more refreshing but still quite robust imperial porter. Very tasty.
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle, 2015 vintage. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a long time. There’s also a lot of lacing. I like the aroma, the brew smells like dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and some burnt/charred malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma for the most part, but there’s also some dark fruit and licorice noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and smooth with moderate carbonation. I liked this brew a lot, wouldn’t mind trying this one again in the future!