thornecb (3644) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black into a snifter. Mocha head with little retention recedes to slick surface and bug rim. Chocolate, espresso, citrus and mild oak aromas. Thin with a tangy, sour chocolate-covered citrus and lasting espresso front to back. Hot oak finish.
PorterPounder (4611) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl - Fermentation Lounge - on tap. Black as tar pour, tight off-white head that sticks around a while. Aroma has some strong boozy cognac and bourbon notes. Flavor find some licorice, a hint of bourbon, some chocolate and a hint of vanilla extract in the back end. Mouthfeel is decently thick - just does not match the flavor. Pretty solid for an organic.
argo0 (10388) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 9, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Large brown head atop cola black body. Aroma is sweet, coffee, oak, bittersweet chocolate, some boozy. Taste is moderately sweet, espresso, some wood, alcohol, chocolate. Medium-full body, some effervescence. But for the booziness, I would have given this a much higher score.
Drake (6497) - Ivy, Virginia, USA - FEB 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A twist off bomber? Thatís a new one. Anyway, this is from Wine Warehouse Charlottesville, VA. Looking forward to this as Iíve grown to love coffee stouts. Pours dark brown with a medium sized frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood and a bit of roast. All the components are definitely there. The taste is spicy wood, vanilla, coffee, roasted malts and tart notes. A bit more wood and chocolate in the finish. Medium bodied. The flavors could come together better. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Smells nice, otherwise just OK.
markwise (3803) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at the Atlanta Cask Fest. Pours a dark stout brown with a dark tan head. Nose is chocolate, roasted malts, wood, slight vanilla, and big coffee. Flavor is similar- the coffee tries to run the show, but the oak gives a vanilla and tart character that sort of fights back the coffee. All in all an interesting beer to sit and ponder. Medium in body and finishing with lingering coffee.
obguthr (3225) - Poquoson, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chocolate and coffee aroma, with just a touch of aloe. Mahogany, thick beige head. Moderately strong flavor of oak and fig. Milk chocolate is dominant from start to finish. Alcohol not noticeable. Body is thin, but this is a damn tasty beer. Easy to enjoy.
sonnycheeba (1905) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours deep, dark brown with thin, frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is caramel and roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, and some nutty notes. Flavor is heavy roasted malt, slight smoke, dark fruit esters, faint earthy hops; dry, oak finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.
RickTStiles (568) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with no head or lacing. Aroma consists of roasted dark malt, wood, maple, butterscotch, and overripe fruit. Taste is coffee, chocolate, hazelnut, a hint of smoke and strong notes of oak. Finish is woody and bitter. Overall, a rich and warming beer.
ChainGangGuy (4122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance: Passed to me a rich-looking, black body underneath a fine layer of khaki-colored suds.
Smell: Youíve got coffee, chocolate chunks, and French oak in the nose -- all pleasant, all present, alongside notes of light caramel and toasted multi-grain bread.
Taste: Starts sweet but also surprisingly sooty and almost harshly ashen with hints of a well-used fireplace rather obscuring the flavors of caramel, dark chocolate, and an already mild hint of prunes. Splash of soundly bold coffee. Noticed oak notes. Fair amounts of roast, chocolate, and fireplace sweepings on the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: Ultimately, itís just okay. The brew started out promising but faulted somewhat on in the all-crucial flavor department.
BeerandBlues2 (7418) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Pours opaque with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and roast malt, light smoke/ash, oak notes, dark fruity esters and earthy notes. Flavor is heavy malt, subtle burnt wood, ash, and smoke, dark fruity esters, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation.