Miksu (5027) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
0.33 l bottle. Black color with thick creamy head. The aroma is very close to a cup of good espresso, some notes of sweet malt, cocoa, dark chocolade and leather in the background. Rich sweetish, coffeish and malty flavor is simpler than the aroma.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Interesting one. Blackish pour, moderate head with decent lacing and retention. Aroma is fun.... very enticing coffee notes with caramel, chocolate, light hops, some vanilla type sweetness notes. (vanilla is similar to the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter). But I gotta give it credit, the aroma is very promising. Flavor delivers, but is fairly one dimensional. Medium to light body, lightly sweet. Easily better than the Breckenridge version, they almost nailed this, but it needs more beer notes. Cool take on a porter.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at the end of a long night of drinking, which I regret because it was delicous and I couldnt finish the bottle. Pour was dark brown blackish with minimal beige head. Nose was big time delcious coffee with notes of chocolate and malt lingering aroung. Flavor was great coffee/espresso tasting with a perfect mix of chocolate. Went down well then I fell asleep.
nuplastikk (5093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2008 11.2 oz uniquely shaped bottle. Pours an almost black ruby red. Hardcore sweet chocolate and roasted malt notes. The coffee adds even more roasted flavor, and gives it a nice drying effect. Rich and filling, more of a dessert beer than a session. Mellows considerably as it warms...probably best at cellar/cask temperatures, and I’m one who likes my Westmalle Dubbel cold.
Re-rate...I dont know, seems like a different beer than I rated before. Smooth and rich, I think this beer is really great stuff. I’m not a big fan of coffee, but I find it to work better in a porter than a stout. Bumped up a full point.
nearbeer (4239) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2008 330 ml, bb 25-01-09. Translucent dark brown with a large, creamy and lasting head. Nice crunchy lace. Cocoa, coffee, charred wood and smoke aroma. Flavor is similar to aroma, with some milk chocolate, earthy, and sourish notes as well toward the finish. Palate is light-medium, smooth and a tad watery. Great session porter.
3fourths (8639) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Awesome bottle. Pours fairly light compared to most porter, but I understand that this is more of a brown porter than robust (or normal, these days), so the appearance is that of typical brown ale, which is fine enough. The nose so exceedingly rich with bright coffee notes, some greenish vegetal coffee notes as well as some roasty espresso notes as well. I don’t get much of the porter, honestly, underneath this heap of coffee. Flavor is uncomplicated and light, with some malty, bready notes hidden beneath - again - huge, bright coffee. This is probably one of the most pure coffee beers I’ve had, outside of some massive imperial stout. Pretty good, but I really couldn’t see drinking much of this.
emacgee (4406) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with ruby notes. The head is medium light tan and fizzy. Sweet caramel aroma, earthy notes, not too much coffee. The flavor is sweet, a bit smokey, caramel, java, earthy, light alcohol. Nice coffee taste, different from other coffee beers. Smooth and cool palate. I enjoyed this, maybe not 3 dollars enjoyed it though.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color was an amber/dark brown. The head was light beige, and creamy. The aroma was strong coffee malt and roasty. The flavor was dark roast coffee. The palate was lively. The finish was roasty.
TBone (14267) - 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.