corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark chestnut/hazelnut brown color out if the bottle but appears almost black in the glass and completely opaque with dark ruby/mahogany edges and a frothy one finger light beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.
Slightly roasted coffee bean aroma with a lot of silky chocolate maltiness balancing things out. Bittersweet dark and milk chocolate, lactic creaminess, subtle hops, caramel, slight burnt toast and nut.
The flavor is similar to the aroma in that it is we balanced and not overly roasty, letting the silky chocolate malts to shine through. Unfortunately, the body is too thin and watered down with a bit too much carbonation and roasted character up front. Lots of burnt old coffee flavor. Decent balance by the above mentioned bittersweet dark and silky milk chocolate. Hints of toffee, caramel, burnt toast and slight hops. Nice balance but too thin with a weird astringent stale coffee flavor.
blklab2007 (2108) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle poured a dark chestnut brown in color with a thin light tan head. aroma has bold coffee, dark malt, and a bit of sourness on the end. mouth feel is solid with low carbonation and a nice coating. flavor really hits some oily roasted coffee, roasted malt, light bitterness, and again a hit of vinegar on the finish.
hellomisterp (56) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle. Pours dark as night with little to no head. Strong coffee aroma with hints of licorice. Highly carbonated and very bitter. I am tasting more bitter chocolate flavor then coffee. "fair" at best.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty dark brown almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit of sweetness in the background. Very smooth and clean finish.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on 10/18/2009. Dark black body with a large creamy tan head. Sweet roast, chocolate and coffee aroma. Dry coffee flavor with some light bitterness on a chocolate and roast background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
JFGrind (1935) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had a few pints of ’Joe’ while watching Temple football in their first bowl appearance in 30 years. Medium bodied porter with cocoa, coffee and underlying hop bitterness. Made for an enjoyable porter to drown sorrows of a bad second half and ultimate loss by Temple to UCLA.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep deep brown with a small white head... Big roast coffee aroma, a bit one dimensional... creamy body, roast coffee flavor still one dimensional, but they pull that dimension off pretty well... medium bodied, dry finish.. decent...
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
the first beer I tried that has my name on it.
Bottle poured into a big beer snifter produced a finger worth of coco head that trailed off to a thin lace. The body was a deep black in color.
There was a good coffee aroma in the brew. I did however pick up a note of vinegar toward the end. The flavor was a great espresso filled brew big roasted bitters filling out this brew in the end. It had a medium to full feel in my mouth with light carbonation.
I don’t think this brew could be sessioned it was just to rich in the coffee flavor. I did like it though and would like to try another to check out the nose.
Serving type: bottle
EithCubes (5304) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Big, big, big aroma of coffee (grounds). Dark brown/pitch pour with an acidic light tan head. Watery thin body, very dry and coffee-inflected. Lightly metallic taste, very weak porter. Lightly sour and a touch of staleness. Base coffee needs improvement before I’ll jump onboard.
Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle at the Chameleon Club in Lancaster, PA. Consumed from bottle. Aroma of fresh roasted coffee. Mouthfeel was pretty thin and pretty one dimensional. Flavors of fresh roasted coffee,some mild chocolate with a dry finish.