durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop for a cool $5.99. Pours black with just a bit of light through the edges. Light brown head at first but not much more after. Nose shows a marshmallow lactose that complexifies the more expected roast, coffee, and chocolate notes. Some mineral notes. Also some stone fruits. Taste adds a bit of sweet and bitter. Palate is chalky dry. So much going on here. Really quite lovely.
IloveIPAs81 (20) - - JUL 26, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a beige head. Smells of coffee and cocoa with a bit of dark fruit. Tastes is fantastic, robust coffee and dark chocolate. Thick and oily mouth feel. Beautiful imperial porter.
veceo (851) - CROATIA - JUL 4, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown color, average sized brown head. Nice retention. Aroma of chocolate, cocoa, coffee and hoppy frutiness underneath. Taste is similar. Very nice citrusy fruitiness and vanilla hints. Greatly balanced. Long coffee and cocoa aftertaste. Awesome.
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tom10101 (3906) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (330 ml).
Appearance: Dark brown with a frothy beige head, good retention and nice heavy lacing.
Aroma: A well balanced mix of roasted malts, milk chocolate, ashes, coffee, light hoppy presence, anises, caramel, herbal notes and light vanilla presence.
Taste: Moderate sweetness with a quite a lot of flavors including chocolate, roasted malt, ashes, anises, caramel, vanilla and herbal notes.
Palate: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Silky mouthfeel. Lingering roastiness.
Overall: Very well executed Porter with a nice balance, a wide variety of flavors and a good drinkability level (not too sweet, not boozy). Tasty stuff.
jzi (69) - POLAND - JUN 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wygląd: Brązowa, wysoka i drobnoziarnista piana. Opadając zostawia bardzo duży lacing. Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzyste.
Aromat: Karmel, palone słody, czekolada, śliwka, nuty winne.
Smak: Czokoladowa, niezbyt intensywna goryczka. Kwaśny posmak. Wyraźne ciemne owoce, karmel, w tle wino, beczka/piwnica. Gęste i lepkie. Dość nisko wysycone.
Tmoney99 (11911) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy tan head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate malt and small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted malt sweet flavor with a medium complex dark malt sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.
Iznogud (1549) - CROATIA - JUN 16, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, 330 ml from Svijet Piva, Zagreb. Pours dark brown with nice lasting light brown head. Roasted malts and coffee aroma. Sweet, malty, chocolate, coffee, liquorice. Bitterish finish. Very good.
BeergeekKorea (40) - SOUTH KOREA - JUN 16, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark, sticky head attracts my eyes when it pours. Toasty aroma begins, pleasantly a little thick and chocolatey malt taste spreads and tenderly finishes below some spicy hoppy-flavor. I like it!
Alengrin (3240) - BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mikkeller’s (robust) porter, one of their many beers made in Belgium’s Proefbrouwerij (bur originally at Amager, I heard) and one of the true Mikkeller classics, I assume. Opaque jet black beer (but revealing it is actually an extremely dark ruby bronze in the last drops), under a thick and very stable, very regularly shaped, frothy, heavily and almost ’sabayon-like’ lacing, utterly dense and cappuccino-like, reddish beige head. Pleasant aroma of toasted bread, bitter chocolate, Cuban cigars, smoked bacon, subtle espresso, bayleaf, vanilla, home made caramel, fresh nettles, gooseberries, hazelnuts, cloves, grapefruit peel, Irish coffee, wood ashes, dried ginger, iron but in a ’natural’ kind of way, cream and dried plums. Taste begins quite intense, a condensed candied fruit sweetishness but subtly so, gentle sourish accent (lemon zest), soft carbonation, creamy, ’fatty’ mouthfeel, thick caramelly, nutty and chocolatey malts with amusing spicy notes dancing above, slight metallic tone but not disturbing, leading to a satisfying finish of roasted black coffee-like bitterness, peppery and leafy hop bitterness, some residual caramelly sweetishness and a subtly dosed portion of booze, in the form of warming, bourbon-like alcohol which does not become too intrusive at any point. Very well balanced, tasty, juicy ’black beer’, creamy and flawless, but perhaps a bit ’too’ black and roasted to be a true porter - if you told me this is a stout, I would accept that just as easily. I’d probably identify it as an export stout or a dry stout in a blind tasting as well.
bnokk (276) - Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
APPEARANCE - beauty black with nougout colored head with great lacing and persistent head.
NOSE - super roasty and delicious. Like the flavoe, nice carmely notes.
FLAVOR - deep and roasry, dep and delicious. Carmel flavors become present as my mouth empties of the sip.
NOTES - solid beer - one of the best mikeller offerings. The scent is the best part of the beer.
fombe89 (629) - Asturias, SPAIN - MAY 27, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
botella. @El Cabanón, Avilés 23/05/2015 Color negro, espuma beige, aroma torrefacto, cuerpo medio.