DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Jtclockwork for the bottle. I like the label. Minimalistic yet tastefully inviting. The nose is pretty inviting as well...it’s tartly accented with big coffee and caramel..maybe a bit of butterscotch as well, but the tartness is nicely stinging and the caramel sweetness acts to balance it out..and it all combines to smell like a dessertish coffee drink of some sort. The beer is not too shabby looking either..opaque muddy brown with whispy but full sheeted grayish tan suds atop. The flavors are decent...the coffee comes through, theirs a good amount of unexpected bitterness too which makes any potential sweetness harder to find. Behind this there’s also some essence of the caramel and even some chocolate. The bitterness may be a bit too aggressive for me potentially, but it’s not overly distracting. I’m so used to drinking higher gravity porters and stouts that at first it feels too thin in body, but that’s really my problem with the style of lower gravity porters and not this beer at all..in fact, it’s quite nicely medium bodied for only being 5% alcohol and the flavors are there in full force, so it doesn’t taste diluted by any means. All in all though, if the bitterness was toned down a tad and the alcohol and body doubled, it would close to a perfect imperial coffee porter...as is, its still a damn good coffee porter...The coffee tastes nicely fresh...maybe a bit tart...but certainly not like the spent coffee grains of a lot of coffee beers. Nicely done.
wedgie9 (1884) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 13, 2011
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tasted on 3/13/11 from a 12oz bottle sent to me as an extra in a trade. Pours deep brown with a massive tan head that slowly recedes to spotty lace. The nose is weird with aerosol, hair product, fruity hand soap, and just a little hint of dark malt and some nuttiness. The flavor is pretty much the same with the aerosol hair spray, hand soap, dark malt, and dark chocolate. The body is medium with over-active carbonation and a long roasted coffee finish. This bottle is definitely off in some way.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brownish black, fizzy tan head from the bottle, thanks to James. Aroma has notes of coffee, dark fruit, some roast, with a touch of caramel. Taste is big coffee, some chocolate and toffee notes, finishing roasted and bitter. The carb level, however, was so over the top it made it taste like acidic coffee. Good, but would be much better with a tad less carbonation.
BillWyce (717) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from the bottle a deep brown-black with a dark tan head of nice size. Aroma is, as you’d expect, coffee, with a caramel note mixed in. Palate is nicely balanced with medium body. A very nice strong coffee taste with a mild caramel or toffee note in the finish. A fall/winter seasonal worth finding.
Capa (1987) - Manama, BAHRAIN - FEB 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark with a ring of beige head. Roasted toasted malts, coffee, biscuits, light chocolate aroma. Creamy body. Flavor is full of toasted biscuit, roast malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate. Really nice beer- really nice. Not the run of the mill porter. Super tasty and highly drinkable.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle courtesy of jtclockwork. Pours dark brown with a large tan head. Smells of light roast, earthy, metallic. Tastes lemony and bitter with some roasty hints and coffee on the finish.
jport4087 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking black beer with a thin but long lasting chocolate head. The aroma is of mild coffee, with chocolate, roasted and toasted malts. The taste is balanced, and the coffee is subtle. However, it leaves something to be desired...I just don’t know what..
dionysus (1448) - Arizona, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to daknole. Bottle pours brown with a khaki head. Aroma smells like a bag of green coffee and black olives, with a touch of ash. Flavor shows the same with additional hints of chocolate, and light roast.
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown, tons of fluffy tan head. Aroma is plastic and coffee. Flavor is roasty, coffee, and on its way to getting sour. Odd but good.
joeyplush (628) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gift from Armed. Slowly working my way through the Philly roster. This beer was decent - although I found the aroma to be yeasty and a bit funky. Taste is smooth and creamy like a lightly sweetened cup of coffee cut with cream. Lingers nicely on the palate with a slight coffee bitterness but not too much.