josephselander (42) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JUN 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance – Pours a dark amber and becomes a thick dark brown color with hints of amber around the edges. A thick, rocky 1 and a quarter finger head forms that is a magnificent tan color, like cappuccino.
Smell – This smells like a porter; very roasty with hints of chocolate and coffee. There is also a little bit of a hop presence to this coming up in the rear, just a little.
Taste – Wow, pretty good! A lot of the roasted flavors come through with a blast of slightly hidden tropical fruits. The coffee makes a pretty strong presence as well, but more in a mocha fashion.
Mouthfeel – Nice and thick, this feels like a thick porter through and through.
Drinkability – This is damn tasty, I wouldn’t mind drinking a couple of these! The flavors meld together well and make for an awesome experience.
Dogbrick (8507) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew is a dark coffee color with a medium and foamy beige head that dissipates slowly. Thick strings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malt and coffee along with notes of bitter chocolate. Medium, dry body with flavors of roasted malt, coffee and spiced hops. Chocolate notes show up at times here too. The finish is roasty and mildly bitter chocolate and hops with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
vyvvy (4080) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown / mahogany with a sudsy tan creamy head. The aroma has thick dark caramel malt, milk chocolate, roasty bitter malt, light coffee and cream. Medium / thick body with a small touch of roughness and semi-smooth carbonation. The flavor starts with very roasty malt, some char, some green apple and milk chocolate notes. The finish brings in some hop bitterness as well. Decent beer.
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled during Dark Lord Day 2009 at table 1 from 12-oz bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thin beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some nice lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, dark chocolate, caramel, roasted nuts and a touch of yeast. Taste is full bodied, flavors of toasted dark malt, a hint of coffee, some alcohol presence, roasted nuts and a hint of black licorice. Finish is semi-sweet with a dark pitted fruit and toasted dark malt aftertaste. Nice alcohol warmth.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark mahogany color, slightly translucent at the edges. A small, frothy, khaki colored head quickly settles to a small gathering of fat bubbles random, broken flares and scattered spots of lacing mark the glass. The nose is quite roasty, notes of mated chocolate and scorched caramel showing strong, with a coffee overtone, earthy hops, and traces of sweet lactose. Flavors include mocha, dry cocoa, roasted caramel and barley grain. Earthen hops add further bitterness to the roast, while the creamy lactose and dark residual sugars balance things out well. Traces of licorice and dark fruit lend depth. Medium bodied, with lively carbonation, the roastiness is dry and slightly ashy at the mid point, but finishes with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Pretty tasty stuff overall.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in standard pint glass: Pours black with a slight ruby highlight topped by a stunning creamy beige head that left outstanding lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of charred, chocolate, and caramel malts, plum and liquorice, walnuts, and some leathery earthy yeast esters. The taste is quite malt driven but not overly sweet due to the bitterness of the black malts and the hops. The taste is a nod towards the classic black ales of Europe but has everything super charged including the shocking 8.6% alcohol. Hint of coffee, dark fruits and anise round out the profile. The mouth feel is soft and a touch chalky, not has refreshing as I hoped and the alcohol is somewhat noticeable. This is honestly a borderline Imperial Baltic Porter... Overall it is well done despite some small flaws. Would drink again
markas101 (1870) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33 cl bottle, Fargo, ND, USA via Omaha. Jet black, inky aroma, warm nutty flavor. Some bitter flavor, nice and chalky. Interesting but not what I thought for the style.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Beertopia. Black in color with a very nice thick beige head that forms delicate concentric rings of lacing along the walls of the glass. The aroma has a nice strong chocolate roastedness. The flavor is good, but I had expected more from such an expensive beer (about $12 a 4-pack, I think). Definitely overpriced and perfectly scored here at 3.5 in my estimation.
hopscotch (9364) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle… Dark cola-colored ale with some off-white floaties/sinkers sitting at the bottom of the glass and a mid-sized, wispy, khaki head. Collapses down to a small, tight, creamy cap. Chocolaty, nutty nose with lots of deeply roasted notes – smells a bit like chocolate pudding. Medium to full-bodied and creamy with gentle carbonation. Leans on the bitter side of balance. Pretty simple, deeply roasted flavor. Not a whole lot going on as no specific characteristics jump right out at me. Lengthy, fairly bitter finish.
joet (2200) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
chocolate, roasty, dough, licorice, black, aminimal head, light sweetness, medium body, creamy, average carbonation, long finish. A strong, deep roast beer with some meaty, doughy yeast factors. It’s enjoyable and with character.