bhensonb (10206) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from The Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/foamy 3 finger tan head. Aromas of treacle and coffee. Med body. Thins as carb leaves. There’s a dark fruit and treacle aspect, and a moderate smoke/peat over coffee. It’s finishing towards dry. But the treacle still persissts.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Coleman’s pub in Charleston, South Carolina, holy cow, great surprise. Dark maroon color, small beige head. Nice roasty aroma with coffee grounds and bitter cicia. Taste is plums and figs dipped in espresso. Nice.
brokensail (9850) - Orange County, California, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nearly black in color with an off-white head. Notes of dark fruit, coffee, roasted malt, licorice, and molasses. A moderate sweetness, some light smoke, and a bit of chocolate. The flavor is a little bland, but still good. Chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, and coffee are the main flavors. More subtle molasses and licorice notes. Very faint smoke in the background.
maeib (8286) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 25/12/13. A black beer with a whitish head and lace. Islay smokiness in the nose but it’s quite thin. Good smoke and burnt roasty malts in the mouth. Doesn’t drink its strength. The Islay works nicely for me. Wouldn’t have thought this was in the barrel for two years.
BMan1113VR (7773) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Naval College Porter. On tap. Pours with a clear brown hued body with a small tan head. Aromas are of massive tobacco, brown malt, earthy, roasty, brown sugar, chocolate, nuts, and light esters. Flavors are roasty, sweet, woody, smokey, earthy, nutty, leather, tobacco and damp leaves. Medium carbonation, nutty, roasty and dry. Feels slightly disjointed.
Ughsmash (6969) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle. Poured clear garnety-brown with a short, dense yellowy-beige head. The aroma picked up sweet, yet burnt chocolates, vanilla, and lightly-smoked black malt.. fairly generic dry roast around.. dark fruity warmth underneath as it warmed up. The flavor found dry, well-roasted black malt, licorice, and a hit of dark fruit at the core.. lightly bitter roast and smoky notes around.. finished dry, but with quite a lot of grainy residual sugars. Medium-bodied and filling on the palate.. flowed quite well.. this was tasty and very drinkable.
jtclockwork (6922) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of earthy peat smoke, cocoa, dark bread (danish rye?), clove, tobacco, toasted nuts, old coffee and wood. Complex. Medium body.
bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Black beer with a cream head. Light coffee and light roast aroma. Roast and light coffee flavor with light chocolate. Medium bodied. Roast and light coffee lingers with light chocolate and light toffee.
larsga (5893) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Small beige head. Opaque black body. Smoky roasty aroma with chocolatey notes. Dry-sweetish smoky charcoal roasty chocolate taste with mealy milky notes. Mid-bodied. Mild mouthfeel. Dry burnt chocolate and toffee aftertaste with lingering smoky charcoal notes. Very nice, and very similar to the Ola Dubh, but lacks the clarity and great bitter edge. (0.25l draft at the Old Brewery, Greenwich, London.)
marcus (5888) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Davis Beer Shoppe. Pours mahogany with a thick beige head and a strong treacle aroma. There is a smooth dark molasses flavor with a very dry finish. A nice blend.