Dorkasaur666 (12) - - AUG 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just had one of these. Not exactly a stout or porter but pretty tasty. Mad River hasn’t disappointed me yet. Lots of darkness in this one. Taste of roasted malt, maybe some coffee and chocolate, and cherry and/or figs. They recommend serving at 45f but I enjoyed it more on the warmer side. Having said all that, I prefer their stout and porter over this one.
MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line :
Cafe latte, chocolate and rising resins converge in this smooth and wealthy strong ale.
Further Personal Perceptions :
-A sheet of foam settles atop the darkness.
-Hazelnut oil evokes a creature in the Imperial Brown Ale range.
-The finish is rather easygoing (for a strong brew of this ilk, mind you).
-Alcohol is well hidden.
ThreeCats (560) - ISRAEL - AUG 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear black with ruby highlights and a big tan head. Aroma of roast, caramel, red wine, plums in syrup, cherries. Taste of roast, coffee, and cherries. Roasty and very coffee-y finish. Despite all the roast and coffee going on, this is very much not a stout/porter. It IS, however, quite good.
mikedR (1145) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This one is good, really good. Think hoppy porter or stout. Or a porter/stout-IPA hybrid. Fabulous coffee-centric melt base, with a good dollop of hoppy bitterness. Just splendid. A-
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SDalkoholic (2144) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Drugs: Created a large pillow of fluffy head while the liquid is a solid black color. The aroma has plenty of fragrant roasted malt with a coffee bean and chocolate scented presence. Flavor is strong in freshly ground coffee bean and has a resemblance to Arabic coffee, but there are also note worthy flavors of nicely roasted malts that allow the drinker to cherish them more then other black ales. Good idea about putting this into a four pack because I was on my third one and really felt the alcohol kick in.
joergen (20640) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 28, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø.
Clear red-brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet amnd fruity aroma of caramel, dried fruits, hops and chocolate.
Fruity flavour of caramel, hops and grass with notes of chocolate.
yespr (30902) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle. Pours clear and golden deep amber with a small tan head. Aroma is hoppy, light soapy and grapefruity. Bitter, soapy and dry grapefruity finish.
Borup (5770) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsoe.
Dark brown colour with a small beige head. Aroma and flavour of malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel and dried fruit.
CloakedDagger (523) - - JUL 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 35,5 cl. Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue and a small, off-white head. Lightly roasty nose. Rich body, fairly sweet malts, soft carbonation, subtle roast and a little hops. Decent if not exactly overly challenging. 260713
monk191 (874) - California, USA - JUL 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A great black ale. Pours a muddy brown-black with a thick tan head. Smells like chocolate covered fruit, mainly cherries. Taste is he same upfront, lots of chocolate covered fruit, very creamy, some hops in the end, and an ice cream aftertaste, almost like a Guinness float. Love the finish. Very nice! Had on tap it East Side Club Tavern in Olympia, Washington. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone