hopscotch (8890) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2014 Bottle... darkguardian’s & biggsbowler’s West Palm Beach Birthday Bash!... Pours tar black with a small, creamy, khaki head. The nose is a mocha merger of medium-roast coffee beans and a 70% cacao chocolate bar. Medium to full-bodied with modest carbonation. The flavor furnishes deep roasted bitterness - espresso, tobacco, coal and dark chocolate. Finishes acrid, carbonic and burnt. Bottle courtesy of newcigarz!
jgb9348 (4659) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with some lighter cola coloured tints at the bottom, all with a very nice, three cnetimetre tall deep brown head. Aroma of alcohohl, earth, birch, maple, walnuts, raisins, plums, vanilla and some oak - very strong and very nice! Full-bodied; Super deep flavour of birch with a large malt backbone, some strong spices and even a light smokiness showing some malt and a ton of pit fruits on the end. Afteraste is just as complex as the initial taste with walnuts, pecans, rye and other grains, alcohol, oak all come together with a lot of sweetness, showing some chocolate and toffee at the end as well. Overall, a very complex beer with tons of flavours and a nice body to showcase that all! Great to sample, definitely get this if you can find it! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from La Bodega in Anchorage, Alaska on 23-May-2013 for US$11.50 sampled in my Midnight Sun tulip on 26-April-2014 as Rating #4499 (beer #1 of 3 for the 4500 rating!)
JohnnyJ (4264) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Brown pour, with a light tan head. Roasted malt, ash, molasses, and light bourbon. Not much coconut at all. Sounds good, but this did not turn out that great.
AmEricanbrew (5645) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black body with no head. Dark malt, licorice, light ash, mineral, vanilla aromas. Smooth mouthfeel. Earthy dark roast malt, black coffee, dark chocolate flavors___very tasty.
MikeJslc (734) - USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of baker’s chocolate, dried cherries, toasty notes, a little coconut, light bourbon. Flavor: bready malt, toffee, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, birch syrup is hard to detect, toasted coconut is subtle, flavors are a little muddled.
ineedbeer (660) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is fairly sweet with a lot of chocolate notes along with some burnt sugar and caramel. Medium light coconut and bourbon character with light oak notes. I find the aroma fairly enjoyable though not as roasty as I would expect for a porter. Dark fruit notes of plum, cherry and fig become rather apparent as it warms.
Pours an almost black with a fairly thick, dark mocha head with above average retention. Light lacing and mid sized legs.
Flavor has a moderately high upfront sweetness but its balanced with a moderate roast character that the aroma did not have. Light bitter chocolate notes with some medium molasses notes and light bourbon character. There is a bit of a vegetal anise flavor present that is off putting. Medium bitterness with a touch of oak. Anise, roast and molasses linger in the finish. Some moderately strong dark fruit character as well - cherry, plum and prune.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied with medium carbonation. Low but present astringency and medium low alcohol warmth.
Overall I wish the flavor matched the aroma because this would have been a much better beer if it did. Th flavor has none of the coconut or chocolate which really helped shape the aroma.
swoopjones (5666) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle from Lets Pour. chocolate brown pour, chocolate bourbon aromas & flavor. Vanilla flavors, didnt gather too much coconut. Big mouthfeel. Pretty solid beer
bhensonb (10792) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Malt & Vine. Pours very dark brown/black with a fizzy/creamy dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate and bourbon. Full bodied. Flavor is treacle, a little bourbon, followed by mild heat, followed by burnt malt and chocolate, followed by something sweet that could be coconut. Overall it finishes bourbon, mildly malty, chocolate, and something hoppy/bitter. Pretty good stuff. It took quite awhile, but finally toasted coconut came forth. Hardly ever get that!
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber courtesy of SHIG pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up some dark roasted malts, molasses and nuttiness. The taste has some nice smooth malt sweetened dark roasted malts, molasses and dark roasted malt enhanced coconut sweetness. These notes slide toward the finish with the help of smooth sweet bourbon booze. Nice mix of flavors here.
JPDurden24 (1548) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour, khaki head. Chocolate and roast flavors, but a little burnt flavor as well. Not that good, but ok.