f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask. Pours a black color with a large, tan head. Nice malted milk ball aroma. Thin body, toast and malts dominate here. Bitter, burnt finish.
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Magnolia. Pours black with two finger brown head. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Strong coffee aftertaste. Not really memorable.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 28, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Brown/black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and light roast aroma. Chocolate, light roast flavor with some acrid malt. Medium body. Acrid malt lingers with chocolate, roast, and slight coffee.
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted @ the Magnolia Pub and Brewery in SF.
Black colored brew. Nice malty bitterness. Chocolate, coffee, hoppy. Nice one!
bhensonb (10203) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 26, 2008
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Toasted malt aroma. Dark opaque black color with no real head. Near medium body with minimal carbonation. Light roast (touch of toast) malt with floral bitter and a hint of coffee. Finishes dry, but not astringently so. Really rather refreshing in a dark way.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the brewpub. As expected, this is a dark black beer, but there’s barely a head, even on cask. Coffee reigns here, with a bitter finish. Thinner than I’d expect from a cask porter, but the flavor saves the day. (#3406, 4/11/2008)
omhper (18757) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the brewpub. Black, near no head. Tarry licorice aroma. Aggresive resiny hops makes up most of the flavour. Dryish, yet syrupy. Tarry roasty finish. Some interesting flavours, but feels quite rough.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Magnolia, June 2007. Dark brown with a thick light brown head (ruby edges). Roasty, caramel nose. Flavorful. Plenty of mocha, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Bitterness from some of the roasted malt. Medium bodied, too fizzy/overcarbonated for a porter - it put a bit of a damper on an otherwise fine beer. Tune this thing down a bit and we got a winner.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Half pint. Relatively faint, lightly roasted aroma with some sweet choco malts. Perhaps a bit of anise present, too. Virtually opaque black-ish body with a moderate light brown head. Roasty, chocolate-like maltiness. A few tannins present, but still is smooth and creamy. A little overcarbonated. Pretty good stuff.
DuffMan (6079) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pulled cask at the brewpub in San Francisco. Deepest chestnut, almost black, with a thin tan coloured ring of a head. Smokey chocolate aroma, mouthwatering! Soft medium mouthfeel, faint woodsmokiness, chocolate, nuts, and a mildly bitter finish. Delicious!