UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - DEC 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
There is nothing quite like a nice full bodied stout for cool evenings. Found this in a bottle and bought it because Pizza Port has never let me down yet. This was wonderfully impressive. Full and deep flavor of chocolates and sweets, but still retaining bitterness. The balance of flavor and drinkability really doesn’t get better than this.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 20, 2012 On tap at Port Brewing Company. Light, yet piquant, aroma of touching bold cherry aroma, with some kirsch-like syrup qualities. Pour of dark, deep brown, with a ruby glint and a rim of tan. Flavor continues in a boldly cherry and bright red fruit line, again holding an amalgamation of chocolate and cherries, all in a sweet, and tart, and dry way. The dryness of the pits combos with the light roastiness to yield character. The sweetness creates delicious sippable boddy. Well rounded and excellently balanced.
joergen (25604) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Bottle.
Black coloured with a beige head.
Roasted aroma with notes of vanilla, coffee and chocolate with notes of dried fruits.
Roasted flavour of dried fruits and vanilla.
jercraigs (9528) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2007 April 2007. Black body with a moderate brown head that fades. Mild roast malt aroma. Fairly bitter flavour, with a surprising amount of hops rather than roast domination. Average palate. Not as robust as some, but subtle and extremely drinkable. 7/3/8/3/17 - 3.8
<P>RBSG 2005. Black body, moderate khaki head. Acidic hoppy aroma. Flavour has a mild touch of acidity over a good helping of dark malt and a lightly dry finish. Medium bodied palate. Auction beer. “It’s like he’s playing leapfrog and can’t quite make it over. Come on boy, you can do it!” 7/4/6/4/14 - 3.5
MartinT (9063) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 5, 2009 The Lure:
Towering foam protects grapey yeast esters and vivacious malt roastiness. A plethora of white yeast chunks slowly reach the bottom, this one is undoubtedly alive.
Big, round bubbles boost the iImmensely complex interplay of fruity yeast esters amidst the sticky, lip-smacking candies, vanilla and molasses. Roasted malt bitterness lifts it all to higher glory, as alcohol warming sends you deeper into your sofa. Imaginative, flavorful, and expertly brewed, what else could you expect from Tomme Arthur?
A museum must be considering an exhibition of this artist’s splendid work.
BBB63 (6526) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 My new scores are about in line with past tastings. Opaque with a creamy tan head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of rasin and prune, chocolate and coffee, smokey and roasted malts, belgian candi and earthy yeast esters, and a hint of port. The taste starts fruity and twangy with a heavy malt foreground. A woody, sublime smoke, and vinous finish. Some almost brett like super twang on the aftertaste, quite dry as well. The initial feel was lush but sort of thinned out after awhile. Nice and different, got a Mikey Likey score and is worth the effort to try one for yourself. Not your traditional Imperial Stout.
TAR (2627) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2009 Dark brown. Light hazel, lily pad foam of putty density. Saliva-inducing aroma of molasses-drenched hops, cookie dough, espresso, and roasted malts. Vinous to a degree, with port and red grape notes. Becomes finely textured as the airy spritz condenses. Vinous acidity initially buckles the cheeks, softened by a punctual raisin flesh center and thickset fudge cake malt structure. Hop bitterness overrides the roast, which is mellow to begin with. Husk notes come and go, but adds some fluff. Feisty yeast yields a flash of spicy phenols. Meaty molasses and crushed black malt meets a butter rum oil base to compound the throat-coating creaminess, which enables the alcohol to effortlessly slide down. Finishes brimful of intertwined malt flavors and well-attenuated for its size, with hints of char and harsh tannins accentuating the dryness. Although it’s currently beautiful & vinous, I imagine it will become [overly] sour and rampant with carbonation with more age, being that it already possesses some harshness/sourness and a briskly carbonic edge.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2008 Murky and black with burgundy highlights; thin tan head seems to reactivate easily. Yeasty, vibrant nose. Smooth body; lively carbonation. Big chocolate, yeast, dough, earth, some wine, and a zippy-spicy note. Hint of sourness and a mildish bitterness. Nice level of alcohol, hidden pretty well. Good stuff. RERATE, 2008: Dark as night. Dark-fruit nose. Thick and rich on the tongue. Bold notes of coffee, dark chocolate, grass, bitter cocoa, maple syrup, tar and molasses. Heavy sweetness. Some bitterness almost balanced things out. Nice roastiness factor. Tinge of burnt, too. Pretty tasty beer, but a bit too sweet for my tongue, and a bit cloying.
Ernest (7209) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2011 Bottle (2011 batch). Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (nearly opaque, flashlight tested), bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate, coffee), lightly hoppy (flowers), with a light note of vanilla. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Full body, velvety/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. Surprisingly simple aroma, not much else going on other than roast and some chocolate. Decent mouth experience, though...rich and balanced for its size.