KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark color. Smell of coffee, malt, chocolate, hops, brown sugar and grass. Taste of roasted coffee, brown sugar, hops, chocolate and light vanilla. Very enjoyable.
Aubrey (3509) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber-brown color with a soft, off-white head. Sweet iced coffee nose. Lively carbonation up front; softer toward the finish. Lightish body, but it had a creamy-smooth base. Very rich dark malts with loads of roast. Great coffee overtones, too. Rather sweet, with notes of cream, syrupy caramel and milk chocolate. Light bitterness plus its dark roast kind of balanced out the sweetness, but the sweet prevailed in the end (i.e., a bit too sweet for my liking). Still, I thought this was a pretty darn good beer.
Stefano (1957) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with amber tints and a fair tan head. The aroma has plenty of coffee. Flavor of strong roasted coffee, with some chocolate and caramel notes. Decent coffee porter.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark reddish brown. Decent white head that goes away quickly. Strong coffee aroma. A good bit of coffee, chocolate, and smoke all rolled up. Lots of flavor in this one. A great tasting beer but I could only see myself having it every few months.
Arayaga2 (2114) - portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown black with dense but short taan head. Aroma is coffee and tootsie rolls, and taste is the same.... rather unbeery. $4
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown, with a medium off white head. Smells of coffee grounds, dark malts, and roasted chocolate. Has some of that dark chocolate candy bar aroma going on. The flavor is medium bodied, with a big coffee influenece, but unfortunately not much more than that. Has some of that dark chocolate flavor going on, but not as profound as in the smell. I think it could use a little more body, and a little more complexity, otherwise its just an average beer, that I wouldnt want more than one of.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(330 ml bottle (stamped "BB 25 01 09") from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/belfast/t target=blank>Belfast Co-op) A little weird...Pours clear dark iced tea brown, lighter than usual for a porter, more like the color of a brown ale. Four fingers of creamy, rocky biege head. Aroma of what seems like cheap Irish, Scotch or rye whiskey plus coffee, chocolate and ashtray. Mouthfeel is smooth but thinnish, not much texture. Lots of droopy rings of lacing. Flavor of old stale coffee, some dark chocolate, caramel, rum and cheap whisky (I think). A bit of ashtray. Actually some alcohol burn, surprising at only 6% ABV. A strange unexpected mix of flavors. Interesting but I didn’t enjoy this too much.
thornecb (5457) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours mahogany into an English pint. Tan head with good retention. Espresso and chocolate aromas. Smooth mocha with a lasting espresso finish.
ubamartian (155) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle with an English pint glass, at 44 degrees F. This just sounded too good, it was described to me as a REAL COFFEE flavored porter. Meaning, you can tell it’s coffee and not chocolate that smells somewhat like coffee. So I bought one. Pours a deep dark brown leaning towards red. A beautiful light mocha colored, frothy head which leaves beautiful lacing. The aroma... I am thinking I’m in a really yuppie coffee bar. Unsweetened Chocolate, REAL Coffee (yes you can tell!), and hints of vanilla, mint and malts. This is one of those aromas that says... "DRINK ME NOW! I REALLY TASTE GOOD". The first sip was excellent. Pure Coffee, and Chocolate, with the malts, and a slight alcohol. There were also hints of vanilla and to a lesser degree mint as well. The feeling was not thick, not thin, but just right. The lingering coffee and chocolate along with the warming from the alcohol are perfectly blended. The finish is a bit dry, leaving you wanting another sip. Next time I am craving a Mocha Frappacino, I am stopping at the liquor store instead! DEFINITELY a stock item in my beer cellar!
piscator34 (2331) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of vanilla flavored coffee beans, chocolate, booze, and light red wine. The coffee element becomes somewhat caramelized in the mouth, and the fruit component becomes more citric, as the chocolate continues on unchanged. Although it’s aroma and opening flavors are fairly sweet (coffee liqueur-like), it does dry out eventually, and the finish is surprisingly short. This would be an interesting compromise beverage in lieu of coffee, liqueur, or a heavier beer like an imperial stout or barleywine.