Iphonephan (6046) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at ChurchKey DC. Pours black with a tan head. Light roasty nose. Flavors of licorice with a hint of tobacco. Full bodied and rich with a smooth, velvety finish. Nice.
thelynchfella (199) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured jet black with thick mocha head. Sweet aroma with toasted malt and coffee. Rich in taste; coffee, pepper, mollases, dark chocolate, rye. Nice bitterness. Need to pick up another bottle, really good porter!
nimbleprop (7354) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz pour at Churchkey’s Nogne O Tap Takeover. Pours an inky black with some thick, brown head. Nose has some toast, black pepper, molasses, mild smoke, caramel. Flavor is malty, toast, a little black pepper, molasses, mild coffee, brown sugar. Full bodied, dry, toasty finish.
solidfunk (7354) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good, better than the prototype version. Some caramel, booze, chocolate. Classic in taste despite the rye. Finishes light bitter with some sweetness. Dark brown/black with ok head and lacing. Tap at Churchkey.
radagast83 (7141) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Churchkey for a meet the brewer event. Poured black with a nice tan head. Aroma is nutty, toasted malts, quite nice. Flavor is that same nutty note, some roast, bits of chocolate notes. Quite tasty.
Gerbeer (3083) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Pours black with full tan head. Aromas of chocolate brownies, black coffee, roasted malts, and alcohol. Flavors of unsweetened dark chocolate, walnuts, roasted malts, and dry coffee.
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours murky black with a modest head, I’d prefer more of it on top though. Sweet barley on the nose (or perhaps that’s rye), oiliness, hints of licorice. Flavour is strong meaty rye with a spicy twang on the back end, some burning from the alcohol. Dry finish. Meaty and heavy. Pretty good.
aleigator (765) - GERMANY - APR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown - black color, no sun shines trough, with a moderate brown head, which vanishes fast. Caramel, toffee, malt, chocolate, amazingly enough floral hops are present. Smell points in a more bready direction.
Malt, bready, later on getting sweeter, toffee, but also bitter coffee, tobacco. Hops still play an important role, as they push the taste in a refreshing, bitter direction with suble floral notes. Very smooth mouthfeel, warming. Interesting beer, as it as both sweet and bitter components, melting together in a very balanced way, resulting in a complex body. Carbonation adds a metallic hint to the bitter, coffee aftertaste, throughout refreshing. Caramel and toffee in the beginning, then coffee and hops, which turn the beer bitter in an enjoyable way.
Borresteijn (6322) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - APR 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl Bottle from De Bierkoning. Black colour, beige head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, liquorice, molasses, pumpernickel. Flavour is sweet, malty, roasted malts, rye, chocolate, liquorice, light spicy, light bitter, bittersweet finish. Medium to full-bodied. Nice, but a bit too much on the sweet side, and lacks a bit of depth IMO.
BeerBaboon (1955) - FINLAND - APR 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with beige head. Aroma is roasted, smoke, licorice, pine and chocolate. Flavour is roasted, medium bitter, light sweet and pine. Awesome porter.