TBone (13636) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2008 Bottled@SBWF 2007
Pale nut brown, almost opaque, creamy beige head. Light coffee and milk in the nose. It is roasted but more than coffeish this is tasting like dark chocolate. Not far from their chocolate beer, but not as sweet as it is. (7/4/7/3/14)
Re-rated, bottle (BB 09/2010)
Dark nut brown color, small brown head. Ashy, tobacco and coffee nose. Tobacco, expresso and some dark chocolate in the flavor. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear mahogany brown with a loose, thin tan head. Lots of coffee in the aroma with subtle chocolate, sweet caramel malt, and touches of vanilla and berry fruit. Strong coffee flavor as well with some roasted malt and malt sweetness. Light, somewhat watery body with considerable effervescence that coes across as a bit thin.
ChazMania (658) - Pasadena, California, USA - SEP 27, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Short bottle. Smells like a Costa Rican coffee that I recently had. It’s a nut brown like color. Flavor is nice, smooth and smokey. Texture is not as chewy as other porters. Not overbearing on the palate, quite smooth actually. Good tasty beer and one I would buy again.
eaglefan538 (2920) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2007
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Short bottle, 330ml? Pour was a light brown color, not a lot of cloudiness, lighter looking than I anticipated, head was small, lacing not impressive. Aroma was nice coffee over slight toffee, a touch of bitter astringency suspected. Yet, the flavor bursted through smoothly, gently, nicely, and improved until the very last sip, a wonderfully flavored porter, so inviting for the warmer evening I consumed this on in the Fall, not thick and heavy coffee imperial stout like, just smooth, moderately bodied, lactic coffee flavors, silky mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation to stimulate the taste buds, a light grass hop zip (ever so slight) to keep this thing almost refreshing.... well, as refreshing as a nice cup of coffee could be anyway. Chocolate, very light roast, and toasted nuts support the main coffee flavors. Superb!
Suttree (5407) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great coffee aroma, and the flavor is like coffee and cream, or perhaps coffee and ice cream float. Or a mocha milkshake. Something like that. I enjoyed this one. Bottle at The Bier Garden, Asheville.
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (330ml). From Waitrose. Deep, clear, ruby-brown with a huge fluffy tan lasting head. Wonderful dry roast malt aroma, coffee beans, cocoa, soft herbal hops - really, really smooth. Taste - wow - tastes like a Coffee Crisp bar, and I’m not saying more - really good. Average body, a little oily and slick, very roasty, slightly dry, crisp and quick-finishing - molasses and coffee/chocolate.
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle and served in my Unibroue tulip: Pours a deep brown hue with reddish highlights topped by a long lasting frothy tan head and left very good lace upon the glassware. The aroma was surprising has I found some nice grassy hops along with the expected coffee, chocolate and nutty malts, and a chalky yeast ester.
The taste starts with a noticeable bittersweet chocolate and toffee malt character followed by some lactic twang. It is towards the finish where the coffee flavors shine along with some charred notes. The mouth feel is thin and refreshing as often found in most porters. Overall it is pretty good and something coffee and dark malt fans should seek out. Avoid however if you don’t like coffee flavor in your beers (Chris).
sloth (2602) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small dark tan head with good retention and a smidgen of spotty lace. Clear dark brown color with a light red hue. Nose is chocolatey, light coffee notes with a faint earthiness. Body is lightly medium, lightly oily and creamy. Light chocolate flavors as well as coffee, some slight bourbony notes, faint licorice and vanilla notes as well, more earthiness. Dry, lightly roasty chocolatey finish. Some more body and coffee would be nice. Besides that an OK coffee brew.
ChainGangGuy (4489) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with ruby-hued edges and a capped by a thin, beige head.
Smell: The ashen aroma of heavily stale, dried-out coffee grounds. Say, how old is this bottle anyhow?
Taste: A pleasant brown sugar and toffee sweetness upfront. There’s a faint blip of hops midway. Thankfully, only a small measure of that stale, forgotten coffee on the roasty, sweet finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Tastes far better than it smells. Also, the bottle sure is a beaut! Getting only 330ml never looked so good.
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours dark, dark brown with a sand coloured head. Roasted coffee beans and roasted malt in aroma with notes of vanilla, chocolate and green pepper. Rather smooth nose with tiny hints of milk. Coffee up front in the flavour but also notes of chocolate, vanilla, green pepper and parsley. A medium roasted coffee bean afterbitterness. Light milky and sour mouthfeel. The balance works well in this coffee flavoured beer but it is a bit watery and without any surprises.