joet (2424) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - SEP 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black liquid opacity undetermined, no head, dark amber meniscus, dark roast, touch smoke, bits of anise, touch of rose decay, Evocative of Russian imperial stout, subdued bitterness balanced toward a soft molasses, cereal sweetness. Medium full body, feel is round and smooth, touch of oil. Very well done.
slimspady (217) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark and black and thick. Big head off the pour. Chocolate and coffee blended well. Unfortunately, I left it too long in the basement, so the hops are a little more muted than they should be. Still, very good beer.
UXO (910) - CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly jet black with only the merest hint of cola brown around the periphery, three finger pillowy tan head, and moderate to heavy chunky lacing. Nose is cocoa, coffee, candi sugar, faint vanilla, and a sharp top note, orange peel or burnt almond. Taste is milder than expected, mellow dark espresso, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate. Medium chewy body, low carbonation, and a lingering bitter finish that’s both dry and sticky.
Well, I always say Porters aren’t my favourite style, but this one mounts a pretty decent challenge to that position. Nice complexity on the nose and tongue, restrained but sufficient hop bittering, just enough sweetness to temper the dark roasted coffee/chocolate tones, and enough body to carry it off. The moderately high ABV is also integrated very nicely, and is barely noticeable as a mild warming. That being said, I’m not entirely sold on the sharpness in the nose, and wonder if this could use some cellar time to mellow - notwithstanding the bottle recommendation to drink within 90 days of bottling. (Seriously? A near-imperial porter that you’re supposed to drink fresh? What’s that about?)
AgentAle (1165) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is rich malt, chocolate, mocha, and a slight floral hop character. Taste is rich roasty malts, mocha rich and finishes with a slight bitterness with light tang and earthiness.
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - AUG 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque dark brown with a low creamy head like cafe creme. Alcohol in the nose with big jolts of licorice. Thin body. Watery almost. Late bitter end like an espresso. Smoke and roasted after taste.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark umber color, small lacy head, wonderful caramel chocolate fudge nose. Surprisingly thin but silky chocolate coffee light alcohol taste. Light bitterness.
emacgee (4422) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with a two finger creamy tan head. Very nice aroma with lots of coffee and a sweet roast with chocolate notes. Kind if chalky and vitaminy, water adjustment problem? Nice roast .
Nate (3827) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From bottle. Roasted barley, roasted coffee, cocoa, light bitter note with some carbonic gaseousness. Caramel. Dark black opaque with foamy-rocky tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. starts with rich malt, roasted barley, coffee, caramel, molasses. Carbonic acidity, nice hop bitterness, sugar tang. Roasted bitter finish with lingering roasted notes in the after.
williamstome (1421) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour, small brown head. Aroma is chocolate oak and alcohol. Flavor is very rich dark chocolate and espresso. Velvety rich palate. Wow.
Oakes (13601) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, bubbly head, lots of chocolatey fudge, fairly big aroma. Very full-bodied, complex character.