xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours inky brown with deep full beautiful brown bear head. Looks like a dessert treat. Lots of chocolaty, yule log aromas coffee and cinnamon. Its luscious in the mouth - toasty dark bread with dark chocolate, roast nutts, and rich coffee. Glittering big lace. A big thank you to Papsoe! I waited a long time to indulge this one. And it truly transcends usual boundaries like season of beer by dint of sheer excellence, although I wouldn’t mind holding this at the Yule ceremony every year, not at all! Very smooth palate and impressive that its so chock full of flavor with a relatively modest alcohol content. Fruit, dates, and fertile earth. Tops - a very solid, classic porter.
egajdzis (6130) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown / mahogany color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla beans. Taste of chocolate malts, some bitter roastiness, dried fruits, and light alcohol as well.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Ungstrup. Muddy red-brown body with a minimal, fading reddish tan head. Abundant hop notes lead in the aroma with tropical fruit and earthy elements. Nose also has brown sugar and maple malt qualities and some apparent alcohol. Rich and pleasant bittersweet chocolate flavor with a very nice, lingering aftertaste. Fairly sweet, but contains abundant depth to back that up. Palate develops nicely with plenty of starchy carbs on the tongue. Texture is silky smooth. An excellent, very well-crafted robust porter. I wish I had regular access to this. I guess I need to move to Denmark.
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Courtesy of Unstrup. Medium head with excellent retention. Dark, dark brown in the glass, with the slightest light creeping around the edges. Full chocolately, smoky nose. Bitter chocolate, roasted coffee in the mouth; excellent density. Nicely balanced, with a long finish. My favorite beer of the night’s tasting. Many thanks to Ungstrup for bringing this across an ocean.
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught at Plan B. Black, brown head. This is a fantastic porter, not the first time i get it, and not the last (i hope).... i love it. Roasted malts, prunes, sweet, chokolade, hop, very complex and full bodies. Lovely.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 15, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sour, bitter aroma like an entire butt porter, black, pours a fair sized, cappuccino head, some good lace. Bitter roasted coffee flavour, dark chocolate and red plums. Full bodied, sour, bitter, a sensational mouthfeel. Wonderful! Thanks mds!! I like the fresh, hand bottled part too!
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich, opaque viscous black with nicely-lacing dark tan head. Complex dark sticky caramel aroma has a good fresh American hoppy balance. Body starts with sweet rich caramel maltiness, good mocha coffee and dark chocolate balance and complexity with lots of fresh piney bittering hops. A very enjoyable and complex porter. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing and to sk8viking for sending me a bottle!
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JUL 13, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark brown, almost black, tan creamy ring on top. Mint, fresh, roasted acidic aroma, dry Arabica grains. Medium bodied with hints of charcoal, dark grainy roast submerged in acidic solution. Rounded, whole porter.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 9, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to sk8viking for this brew
It pours very dark brown with a creamy cocoa colored head.
The aroma is chocolately and a bit smokey.
Sipping it, the flavor is dry on the palate. It’s a complex brew: notes of roasted nuts, chocolate and other goodies hit your tongue.
Oakes (15805) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours viscous and nearly black, forming a thin dark brown head. The aroma is rich, chocolatey, even a bit meaty/smokey. There is buried in the background a great fresh grain aroma that reminds me of chewing on chocolate malts. Intense flavour starts with a burnt fruitcake note like you’d find in an imperial stout. This is tempered by a chocolate syrup sweetness. There is a bracing hop bitterness underlying. Finishes fairly roasty. It’s not terribly complex, nor anything even close to a porter, but pulls off a very aggressive concept quite well, which is no small feat. It actually reminds me of thicker St-Ambroise Noire, only thicker.