Leighton (12247) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Sander’s place in NYC. Pours dark brown with a strong, tan foam head. Deep, dirty coffee on the nose, good roast. Medium sweet flavor, big and dark roasty malts, bittersweet cocoa. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Moderately sweet finish, robust cocoa, light burnt earthy bitterness, coffee. Great beer. Wonderful balance.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours black with a large, creamy, dark tan head. The nose is rather mute save slight cocoa powder notes. The flavor has light roast, bakers chocolate, and light mineral notes with a slightly chalky mouthfeel. Medium to full bodied with a lingering roasted malt finish. Quite enjoyable.
Lubiere (10551) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark porter with a thick lacing dark brown head. In aroma, a nice rich chocolate malt with milk, coffee, toffee, very nice. In mouth, a smooth bitter chocolate with light caramel, coffee. grassy notes, nice. Bottle from Healthy Living, 5.99$, tasted Feb 8 2012.
MaBeer1972 (1374) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Julios. Pours out a very dark brown color. Thick, foamy tan head. Complex, malty aromas. Flavor is superbly balanced. Lots of layers of chocolate, slight bit of vanilla with a nice bitterness on the backside. Super smooth. Velvety and not fizzy. Goes down like a glass of chocolate milk! I am not a big stout and porter fan, but this is top notch!
changeup45 (1718) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is dark colored with a thick fluffy tan head pouring on top. Good lacing. The aroma is a little ashy at first; with notes of oats, vanilla, and chocolate following. This is slick and creamy with a roasty bitterness on the back end. The flavor shows coffee, toasted oats, dark chocolate, and a little caramel. There’s a nice hop character here too without it being too dominant. Another winner from Maine Beer Company!
JDBaker11058 (1388) - Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: near-black, with two fingers of thick, creamy, dense, rocky tan head that lasted forever and left rich swathes of cotton-candy lace everywhere. Aroma: BOOM! Bitter dark chocolate, fresh pine, espresso, mint, earth, and hope. Taste: bittersweet cocoa powder, with resinous, chalky-dry hops, café mocha, roasted coffee beans, and a hint of toasted black bread, with just a whisper of a lactic tang/acidity. Finish: smooth and nicely dry, with lingering dark chocolate and piney hops vying for attention. Notes: I’ve been on a major porter kick over the last few weeks, and darned if this is isn’t the greatest porter I’ve ever had. Big, rich, chocolatey, and bittersweet, with a chewy but not overpowering palate. Hops all over the place, but they add just the right amount of aroma and bitter character without overpowering or making it a hop-bomb. I would drink this every darn day. Phenomenal. Hope I can find more.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed from notes. Thanks, Chris! Roast and chocolate aroma. Fairly balanced. Flavor is similar. Carb a bit too high. Slightly acrid finish. Okay.
jtclockwork (9074) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Oak Tree. Pours black with tan head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate malt, roasted coffee, roasted black malt, sweet cocoa and vanilla. Finishes very dry roast. Medium body.
HonusWagner (1632) - Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is cray. Extremely hoppy robust porter with rich chocolate and roast character, strangely I like this more than most Black IPAs, perhaps because the hop character isn’t super evident in bitterness, only in the up front flavor.
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two finger head, dark creamy brown head, initial chocolate aroma then something sweet, cocoa flavor with oily mouthfeel and a alcohol finish.