swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at Blue Monk, disappointing. dark cola like pour. lighter bodied. feint cherry notes in an otherwise very light weak aroma. Flavor was some cherry, some chocolate, little to no roast. Watery mouthfeel. little complexity. everyone is due for an ocassional let down, i suppose
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 Bottle. Very dark with tan head. Roasted grain nose with some background of chocolate. The flavor was dominated by the Ommegang house yeast. This covered up the faint cherry notes. The cocoa did slip thru along with some dark fruits. Nice silky palate. The yeast flavors stayed all the way to the finish. Too expensive. Great idea of flavors, just not balanced.
RSRIZZO (1931) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Stem Glass at 41°. Color is black with good carbonation and a thick half inch of tan head sitting on top. Aroma is a mild roasted malt scent. It has a full body that gives a lighter mouth feel. Flavor comes in with mellow roasted malt and dark chocolate then the cheery jump out with a nice tartness. In the after taste the cheery hangs on with the tart giving it a dry feel. Overall its a great brew, very complex.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a white head. Smells of chocolate, rich spice, roasted malt. Tastes of rich malt, light spice, some belgian character, some smoky hints with a peppery finish.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 21, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bru Grill in Lake Forest,this beer has very nice complexities of chocolate and cherry that complement this porter.
JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Snifter at Gallo’s Tap Room on 1/18/12. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, some cherry and banana. Chocolate flavor with banana esters and a cherry finish. Tasty, but could do without the banana.
vtafro (6057) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark pour with tan head. Chocolate, cherry, oak aromas. Wood dominated flavor with light chocolate and fruit tones,
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy, tan lacing that is creamy in the middle. Retention is good and lots of irregular lacing left.
3.5 S: Super chocolate-ty. The Belgian yeast comes through big time with lots of clove and pepper. Otherwise, this is dry and earthy with a moderate dark fruitiness and a slight roastiness.
3.0 T: Less chocolate-ty than the nose, but there’s still a good presence. Clove and pepper are back, but aren’t as strong either. The roast is a bit stronger though. Light plum fruitiness.
4.0 M: Medium body. Good spritzy carbontion. Good creaminess to go along with it. Good here.
3.5 D: Tasty beer, but fairly average for the style. It could use more intensity or complexity or both. Definitely not worth $14, but give it a try if you’re curious.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-20-2012 02:02:17
Lehighbri (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice aroma; reminds me of bing cherries. Very dark smooth. Little but of chocolate smoky after taste. All in all not bad
FullObs (136) - Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml corked and caged. Dark brown w. smallt head. . Thin body, roasty with hint of cocoa, not getting any cherries here. Cherry and Chocolate combo always sucks me in but then leaves me disappointed. I’ll call this ok but blah. At $13-$15 not the best value either.