JustDrinkIt (261) - Arizona, USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Uh what!? Very dark brown pour with nice soft tan head. Aroma is very light but hints of coffee and vanilla. Flavor is big coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Quite a delicious beer...wow.
ClarkVV (5232) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at 3 Tides, since debut, most recently 2010 or 2011
Small, charred-beige head sits atop a dark ebony body, with indeterminable clarity. Retention is fairly strong.
Coffee in the nose is complemented by vanilla, sweet caramel and a spicy/floral blend of hops. Fruitiness is quite high, and there’s a very livelly roastiness emanating from both the malts and the coffee infusion. I like how even MW’s darkest, roastiess beers have a very piquant, playful fruitiness to them. Alcohol is free from the aroma and no flaws as always.
Soft, creamy malts add light fudgey-laden cocoa notes to the palate, as a bitter roast emerges and deepens, being joined by plums, dark berries and plentiful acidity from both coffee and barley. Coffee is certainly present, though no where near dominant. Thick, medium-full body nonetheless does not cloy, as attenuation is good. Very assertive vanilla, caramel and dry, bitter coffee notes all build on the palate in a fairly good balance, though I will say the bitterness/acidity probably wins out. A bit too much for my weak tastes, but massively flavorful and good on a cold night.
JBPortland (1451) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can pours inky dark black brown with a finger of light tan head. Nose has lots off bitter earthy coffee, compost, big roast, ash. Taste is medium bodied, huge roast and burned chocolate notes, ashy, dirt, baker’s chocolate, earthy coffee, some charred cocoa. Finishes with medium high bitterness, huge roasty burned coffee and dark cocoa, medium sweetness. Big and bold.
johnnnniee (3484) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from the Bier Cellar
Solid black color with a decent sized long lasting tan head. Chocolate and coffee with hints of vanilla and light fruit. Pretty tasty stuff.
BBB63 (6510) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can and served in snifter: Deep brown with a mostly lasting head and very good lace. Dang nice Imperial Porter, full on coffee and roast along with dark chocolate, dark bread walnuts and light herbal bitterness. Very good mouthfeel for a coffee imbued porter which often are thin.
joeworrall (86) - USA - JUL 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Three Tides at the Marshall Wharf brewery on Belfast Harbour. Soft coffee and toasted barley aroma, more coffee in the mouth with a crisp dry finish. This is a solid porter
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Novare Res.
Pours a dark brown almost black with a thin tan head that recedes to a ring. The aroma is coffee and rich malty aromas. The flavor is a little acidic, like a cup of coffee that’s been sitting, not sure what could be done to attenuate that. Otherwise the flavors were nice and the mouthfeel was ok.
jcwattsrugger (11899) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap-pours no head and mahogany color. Aroma is coffee bean. Taste is coffee bean, some dark malt, some earthy hops.