AlainG (1825) - Montréal, Quebec, - JAN 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brune opaque aux reflets rougeâtres, surmontée par une belle mousse beige, dense, capiteuse et persistante, qui laisse une dentelle baveuse aux parois. Arômes de grains grillés, de torréfaction, de café et de caramel. Goût moins imposant. Des saveurs d’avoine et de café noir constituent les principales caractéristiques. C’est moins rond en bouche que ce à quoi on pourrait s’attendre. La texture est veloutée alors qu’une amertume appropriée se prélasse. Merci Louis. (Embout. 27 oct ’12) (505-030113)
hackobock (3116) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 24, 2015. Bottle, bottled May 2015.
Black with a small brown head. Aroma is smooth roasted malts, with creamy coffee notes, dark chocolate, blackberries, hints of citrus and licorice. Taste is medium sweet with toffee and dark berries, smooth light ot medium roasted bitter finish with dark chocolate, some coffee and a touch of ash. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Smooth and easy drinkable.
hershiser2 (1830) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, $7.29 from Wine Warehouse.
Pours black with a large tan head. Lovely aroma of dark chocolates, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, pine.
Flavor is brilliant chocolates, coffee, orange, pine. This is damn good.
hirigalzkar (2762) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Creamy, sweet and fruity porter with notes of orange, coffee and clove. Ends a bit dry.
finol (2908) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a firm tan head.
Smooth and fruity maltyness with lots of chocolate.
rlgk (16926) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at a NYC-tasting at jredmonds place. Black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Roasted chocolate aroma, licorice, cocoa, peach and mango notes. Chocolate and cocoa flavor, licorice, pine and mango. Nice hops adding to the beer.
Darwenus (813) - Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fantastic porter, one of the best ones I’ve had in quite a while. It’s a credit to the Maine Beer Company’s ability to understate that they aren’t billing this as an "imperial" porter. They could certainly get away with that qualifier. This beer pours black with a head that leave spotty lace. The aroma is licorice, some chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some hop tingle. The flavor is strong, bitter, deep roasted malt and a little hint of citrus hop on the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick. I’d buy this all the time if I lived in the right part of the country.
chinchill (3901) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared 500 ml bottle.
Appearance: Generous, semi-durable beige head.
Aroma and flavor clearly lean to the hoppy side, even for an American version.
Exceptionally nice, properly carbonated, full body.
thepatrickman (599) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the source. This is a well-made, complex hoppy porter that manages to combine the roasted notes of porters with the aromas of the hoppy beers that MBC is more famous for. Really good.
maley1 (1038) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and hops. Taste of caramel malts, unsweetened chocolate, roasted coffee, cocoa and hops. Full bodied, medium carbonation, slight hop bitterness on the finish.
AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
There is an initial burst of beautiful baking cocoa, dark chocolate, and sweet caramely malts, spiced up with herbal, aromatic, slightly piney hops that really sets the bar really high for the rest of the experience. Somehow the aroma dies down a bit after this, and all this greatness is dulled down into soft chocolate malts. On the tongue, though, this beer is a pleasure through and through: the mouthfeel is velvety smooth, of medium viscosity and prickly effervescence; the taste is medium bitter and chocolaty sweet, with beautiful cocoa flavors and a dry, lightly ashy, earthy aftertaste. Maybe I was having a bad sinus day, or maybe I need a fresher bottle. But I’m convinced this is even better than what I was able to appreciate.