CanIHave4Beers (3684) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAY 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a basically black color with a medium head and good lace.
The beer is particularly aromatic. Chocolatly with some mild ashiness and berries. The mild but troublesome character of cardboard is present in the aroma.
The flavor is very roasty to the point of being ashy. The beer is nicely bitter and has a lot of chocolate without sacrificing a good deal of dryness.
This is pretty nice beer but it’s a touch short of greatness, I can’t imagine that this isn’t freshest as I bought this about the moment they started selling it on the Des Moines market, but I want to think that the beer would be significantly better at source.
Nekronos (3849) - Xalapa, MEXICO - SEP 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very good and not so dry. But neither coffee alike nor sweet. It was a fine porter to enjoy there.
ALLOVATE (2727) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
At cellar temperature and into a snifter. Cola brown and deepest ruby in the shallows with a shimmering radiance when held to the lights. Tight, tan fold holds but is short and manages only a thin lace. A lot of Vegemite and Marmite on the nose, very yeasty with a lot of umami playing into character as its enticingly sweet but doused in meaty notes. Light aniseed, but musters well and adds depth. Beautifully rich on the tongue. Well rounded, silky smooth and lengthy. So much chocolate in all its guises. Moderate, bitter sweet chocolate swallow is flawless and tannin free. Creamy, oh so moorish. Earthy, mocha with an ensuing nuttiness. This is just good drinking stout. Loved every sip! (12fl.Oz, no date stamp, Int’l Beer Shop, Leederville)
JStax (4124) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUL 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle poired into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown to black with a khaki head of foam. The aroma has strong anise character and dark chocolate. Mostly a bitter stout, but there is a subtle sweetness lingering in the background. Medium body and medium carbonation.
mauroruellas (659) - GETULINA, BRAZIL - JUL 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No copo um belo visual,apresentando líquido negro,opaco,espuma marrom cremosa mediana deixando um "lacing" até o final;na boca um aroma delicioso,aparecendo malte torrado,caramelo,cinzas,chocolate amargo,baunilha,frutas escuras e notas cítricas;na boca um sabor suave,aveludado com todas as características presentes no sabor,e com bom equilíbrio entre o amargor da torrefação e dos lúpulos e o adocicado do malte,no palato uma relativa complexidade,corpo mediano e boa carbonatação.
Hop_Hedonist (372) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 18, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent toasty roasty malts - to nitpick, not quite the intensity of aroma and flavour of some others but hey, this is gooood.
Dervock (673) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - pours black with a deep tan head.roast malt, chocolate, something rummy and chocolate cherry. Dry roast malt with a hint of hops upfront then a dry roast finish. Palate is quite lively.
TedE (642) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 6, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle into glass. Delicate milk chocolate nose. Totally opaque black beer with thin tan head. Taste is fruity, fizzy chocolate. Slight bitterness in the finish. Good nightcap.
geologyguy (1107) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Heavy coffee smell, very dark, taste is the same, one dimensional, all coffee and nothing else, smoothes out with time.
maekchu (2905) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 25, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sake Taniguchi (World Beer Market). Deep, thick dark chocolate nose, with dark roastiness, vanilla, sweet and a bit ashy. Dark brown, creamy head, good lace. Medium coffee initial, a light meaty note in mid, generous chocolate, and even a little touch of acidity in finish. Medium-heavy body. Seriously enjoyable aroma, some umami notes. Flavors are intense, and sort of all over the place. Still, very delicious stuff.
mkel07 (4541) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 11, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from Wine Emporium 110115. Deep black colour with a sparse head. Moderately bitter dark chocolate flavour and aroma. Super tasty.