robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Brown Color with Sandy Head. Rich Barley and Chocolate Aroma. Rich Syrupy Dark Malts...Subtle Coffee Roasts...Chocolate and Vanilla Flavors..with a Bitter Dry Ending. Smooth and Thickly Sweet To the Degree That Engine Oil Comes to Mind. Wonderful Warming. Nice Offering from Port Brewing.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2007 Pours a deep, dark, opaque black color into the snifter. The head is a light tan color and the lacing really stuck around a while. The scent was a combination of chocolate, roasted nuts, hops, vanilla, coffee beans and malt. So much going on there. The taste was beautiful, both up front with some floral notes and hops coming through and in the back with the toasted coffee beans and chocolate notes having their way. The mouthfeel is perfect, coating the whole palate and warming on the way down. I was very impressed with this beer, a great mix between a strong ale and an imperial stout.
fly (1441) - austin, Tejas, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oh man..... chocolatey aroma - handed to younger daughter that likes chocolate covered coffee beans only to have her sip and spit - well worth the entertainment. Seems like an excellent candidate for a cellar as itís deep and rich and high octane super sludge. Seemed a bit easier going when having a sample after many at tasting as opposed to drinking bomber by myself - holy shit this packs a wallop. Each sip brings a hint of a bit more of this or that, be it chocolate, hops, alcohol or whatnot
bhensonb (12968) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark, oily, molasses, kind of aroma. Reminiscent of Harviestoun Old Engine Oil. Nearly opaque brown/black color with a tan head that rapidly ringed. Medium to full bodied with creamy carbonation. The flavors are disparate, but the alcohol heat is noticeable. There is dark toasted malt, coffee, cocoa, molasses, really overripe dark fruit, mouth puckering, enough bitter to balance the sweetness, at least mostly balance. There might be some cherry notes. This stuff gets thicker as you drink it. The finish is like oiliness that adheres to the mouth. It really sticks with you at the end - mostly bitter with some molasses. Quite complicated. But burnt organics usually are. Mouthsmackingly good.
cbeers21 (693) - Miami, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like chunky oil sludge from a 1970ís Dodge....Beautiful. The light tan head is both resiliant and lasting. Coffee, toffee, chocolate notes predominate the aromas as well as subtle hints of vanilla and caramel. The brew itself is chewy and oily on the mouth, and issues wonderful chocolate mocha flavors laced with dry coffee, figs and brown sugar. There is a drying hoppy presence which adds wonderful balance and substantial character to an already complex brew. The alcohol is very well masked and the brew itself is fantastic; good for a cold, foggy afternoon.
alexsdad06 (7463) - Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2008 22 oz. bottle via Joey @ South Bay. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a small beige head. The aroma says stout. I get roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate. and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has quite a bit of roasted malt. Accessory flavors include chocolate, bourbon, bitter coffee. The only part I would like to see a little less of is the bourbon/alcohol which stays around into the finish. Not that I donít enjoy these flavors, I just have a little problem with how they are combining here. This is still a very good brew. Medium bodied. I think I will revisit my other bottle in a year or two (maybe five?).
CamdenD (1123) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 30, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This would hold up extremely well against most stouts, both in alcoholic intensity and opacity. Nice well balanced brew with lingering dryness that usually gets steamrolled in most hoptastic stouts coming from the west coast. Take this any day.
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Aroma of dark fruit, toasted / roasted malt, some bourbon and chocolate. The flavor is similar with a noticable amount of alcohol. Pretty complex and tasty.
Cobra (1100) - - JUL 28, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This most certainly is not an American Strong Ale. It is a stout, plain & simple. It should be listed as such. More of an Imperial Sweet Stout, to be exact.
Pours out dark brown, with a mocha colored head. Aromas are of stout, stout, & more stout. Flavors are of stout, stout, & more stout. Itís a stout. Get it?
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Chocolatey in a Hershey syrup kind of way. Subtle hints of vanilla on the finish. Very flavorful, but still quite drinkable.