Cybercat (2786) - Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a rich, deep sable, the color of dark chocolate, with a fairly thick tan head. Wonderful aroma fills the nose with roast coffee and hints of molasses and unsweetened chocolate. Flavor quite fills the mouth with roast coffee, chocolate and smoke; and has nutty, sweet, and hop-bitter hints. Texture is silky smooth and satisfyingly thick. Finish has a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness.
nearbeer (3289) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
60 cl. Opaque black with a two-finger head that settles to a a lasting disc of cream. Soapy, swiss cheese lacing all over the glass. Cocoa, coffee, caramel and slight anise in the aroma. Smooth flavor blend of all the same elements, plus some charred hickory wood, raisin, dried peaches and cherry. Medium body is soft and smooth with light carbonation and a little hop tingle. Nicely balanced between sticky and watery, and has a slightly chalky, roasted finish that drys the big malts well. Very pricey, but damn good.
RC8 (305) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 3, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2010 One of the best beers I’ve ever had. Gorgeous dark and complex appearance with a tan head. Fantastic aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate. Nutty chocolatey flavour. Texture was rich and creamy. If you like porters, you’ll love this one.
Cletus (6251) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottles from multiple trades. Pours dark brown with a thin tan head that quickly subsides. Smells of chocolate, caramel, nuts, some peppery hints, touches of licorice. Tastes slightly bitter with a hint of tartness. Lots of chocolate and coffee hints with a nice underlying bitterness. Hops are subdued in this one as they should be in a porter. Mouthfeel is thick with some peppery splashes. Finish yields some nice spicy elements and touches of dark bitter malt. Well done!
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, best by June 19, 2008. Oops! No matter. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, roasted coffee, sweet alcohol, leafy hops, other floral/herbal qualities. Flavor also quite earthy, malty, leafy, along with the roastedness, coffee, and nuts more traditionally found in a porter. Toffee, wafer, and vanilla also come into play as time goes by. Great combination, endless complexities, and all of this from a 6% beer. Fantastic.
heemer77 (5061) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Now available at John’s in Iowa City. The body is absolutely black with no light penetrating. The head is light brown colored and dense. Aroma of honey and pears along with some carmel. The taste has some light almonds along with a little bitter coffee. There is also a bit of anise and dried apricots. Interesting and very smooth, especially for the abv. Nicely done.
yemenmocha (658) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JAN 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours opaque black with generous head at first that disappears after several minutes of viewing.
Nose has a roasty marshmallow quality, roasty but nougat-sweet. Dry chocolate cake.
Palate has a coffee chocolate roastiness with some thick sweetness, and thick body as well. Very chewy and handsome.
Finish is medium to long with a carbonation tingle and dry roastiness on the palate.
Worth seeking out.
turbothy (1027) - Bonn, GERMANY - DEC 5, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught @ NB. Served too cold as usual. Sweet nose, dark dark brown with nice chocolate brown head. Very nice roasted flavour.
robinvboyer (2765) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is very malty, and chocolately, with a very nice smokey coffeeness to it. Flavour is sweet, and roasty, with notes of molasses, coffee, chocolate, and licorice. THe finish is dry, creamy, and very clean. Superb porter.
PhillyBeer2112 (2474) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Well this is a heck of a porter, fairly complex and fascinating as such things go. Big chocolate aroma with a plummy raisiny fruitiness to it - a bit like chocolate covered raisins. A very slight hint of honey. Full sweeping palate, soft and velvety, nearly chewy, with a semi-dry mildly roasted ashy finish. Lingering mild astringency. Hints of hazelnuts. Dark brown color, minimal head, soft carbonation.