ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Raisons, dates, pine, chocolate and a number of other great aromas; very roasty with lots of espresso and chocolate, burnt caramel, licorice, and pine finish; thick, creamy and slightly oily palate; nice, smooth and assertive bitter finish. Warm, but not hotly alcoholic at 10% abv. This beer rocks.
carl4beer (521) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark with little head, even with a hard pour. notes of roasted malt and raisons. The most notable flavor is of raisons and some hint of anise and spices with a slight bitter finish. There is very little cabonation as the small head indicated and a bit watery mouthful with an alcohol presence...
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Ibrew2or3, drunk at the Throwdown. Super dark brown color with a thin soapy head. Heavy malt and brown sugar in aroma; dark spice and some coffee, pepper. Silky palate with a slight hop finish that melds nicely with a raisiny spice flavor. Alcohol present in taste as well. Dark, heavy, and rich. My first Pizza Port, thanks Ibrew.
jazz88 (2522) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Black color with a light brown head. A robust dark fruit (raisin and plums) and chocolate aroma with a warming alcohol in the nose. There is a quick bite in the flavor with chocolate, coffee, burnt malts, and molasses. A long coffee aftertaste. Smooth, silky, and rich.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a pitch black with a very thin light brown head. Heavy clove and banana in the smell. Pretty sweet smelling and malty as well. Very thick taste. Alot of roasted malts, with some bitter chocolate and even a touch of some bourbon in there too. Pretty rich. The mouthfeel is pretty oily. Pretty good beer. Finish is nice and relatively smooth for 10%.
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bottle. The top pops with almost no hiss of escaping gas. Kinda scary. Iím afraid this is flat. The pour is indeed black like oil, but doesnít seem as thick as other motor oil mimics. Even a rough pour results in only tiny wisps and a few bubbles. Aroma is sweet and malty without much hop aroma. Some licorice, some light bitterness, but more burnt than hoppy. The first sip is a touch alcoholic, with roast and bitterness. There are hops here, but they are well buried within. The body isnít thick, but still substantial. The beer is quality and hard to nail down in style, but not very exciting either.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle - Pours a dark brown color with a faint, but big bubble light tan head. No lacing. Has a roasted malt and light licorice aroma. Flavor is much of the same but a tad bit more intense. Beer coats the tongue. Medium to full body. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. Not a lot of hop aroma but the just the right amount of bitterness. A very good beer.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. The last few months I have had several bottles of this beer, and I really enjoy it! Dark brown to black color, very light colored brown froth. The nose is awfully soft and dull. only a very light hint of fruits and perhaps a light hint of chocolate, bourbon and wood. Interesting flavor of very light bourbon and wood, rich malts, dried cocoa, fruits. Very complex. A great brew!
ABUSEDGOAT (2267) - California, USA - FEB 22, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Near black pour, moderate head, blah lacing and retention. Aroma is lots of dark malts with chocolate, caramel, darker fruits, lesser coffee and roast, and also quite hoppy with alcohol. Flavor brings this, medium to heavy body with a watery mouthfeel and too much alcohol. A lot going on, but it is too raw and I didnít enjoy it at all. Can someone tell me why this brewery is good?
TheBeerGod (5006) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 20, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep dark brown pour. Nearly no head. Mahogany edges and a nice alcohol coating around the circumference of the glass. Nose is roasted malts, dark chocolate, light licorice, soft alcohol, and dark fruits. Taste is larger licorice and hops notes, dark chocolate, alcohol, roasted malts and rum soaked fruits. Body is medium but slick. Not a lot of carbonation to this at all. However, there is a bit of stickiness and alcohol warmth. Finishes with more bitter hops, licorice, dark fruits, roasted malts and dark chocolate. As I sit here typing and can feel it warming my stomach. It doesnít taste like itís high in alcohol but I can feel it. Delicious beer any way you cut it!