illidurit (2244) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Hog’s Apothecary. Pours deep brown with a cocoa head. Aroma has chocolate sauce and a bit of peppery alcohol. Flavor isn’t really that robust for a 9% beer. Cocoa powder, lots of coffee character, quick finish with old coffee aftertaste.
Dfonorow (1731) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of rich chocolate and not much else. Flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, roast, coffee, and creamer. Vanilla and roast on the finish.
GT2 (9410) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at The Salted Pig. Pours inky black with thinner coffee foam. Nose is tootsie roll, malted milk balls. Taste is quite sweet, dessert like with hot chocolate, tootsie roll, milk chocolate. Sweet, a bit sticky, no hop balance.
bigaddie (75) - - DEC 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich dark pour from tap at church key. A decent head that disappears in five mins and not much of lacing and it.
Has a classic porter odor with a mild cocoa presence but nothing to go to town with. The taste however has far more complexity. Nice medley of malt and bitterness with good dark chocolate or cocoa taste.
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phaleslu (7670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a finger of brown head that settles into a lasting ring and film. Rich, chocolaty nose, with faint notes of vanilla to go with earth, roasted malts, coffee, and cream. The flavor is a richer, sweeter version of the same. The body thins out a little quickly, though. Moderate carbonation, sweet, and roasty, and pretty smooth, but just left my palate quicker than I wanted it to. Other than that, a tasty, good-looking brew.
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Chocolate and malt flavor with light toffee. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light malt linger with light toffee.
Dogbrick (9651) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer is brownish-black with a medium tan head and a partial top ring of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla and subtle oaky bourbon. The finish is slightly boozy with a cocoa aftertaste. Pretty good overall.
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a nice porter with plenty of chocolate flavor nice mouthfeel not cloying at all. nice and dry
rayOfBeer (673) - El Cerrito, California, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: at MBC pours black with no head. Aroma is boozy with smokey bourbon, chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, roast grain, charred toast, and vanilla with a touch of bourbon coming through as it warms. Palate is silky with some initial sweetness, light grain bitterness and not much alcohol coming into the flavor. Nice sipping beer with a complex starting flavor and aroma that sort of dies out toward the end. I’ll drink more.
onceblind (5731) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
At 2012 Avery Strong Ale Fest. Black with a medium tan head. Kinda boozy aroma with chocolaty notes and some kind of booze with vanilla in the background. Taste is pretty complex, somehow it reminds me of potpourri, lots goin on but somehow homogeneous. Floral yet chocolaty and oaked, a touch of coriander but also of coffee and a touch of vanilla and maybe some nutty dark malts. Sweet and complex.