jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2008 22 oz. bomber drank at Nozzi’s old pad. Very nice stout - a step down from the big big boys, but nice nonetheless. Tastes of dark chocolate, dried fruits, vanilla, and some toffee. Finish is rather bitter and filled with coffee. Great brew!
TheEpeeist (3524) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a ring of light brown foam. Very roasty molasses with a touch of hoppy urine. Not a bad aroma just odd. Taste similar to the nose with smoky chocolate. Good but not so complex. Medium light, minimal carb.
rickgordon (3846) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thanx to Marsiblursi.
Almost black in colour. Subtle aroma with chocolate and bit fiery menthol. Very much finesse here! Fruity backbone in flavour with licorice coming late. There is also chocolate/cocoa and berries. Incredibly balanced beer, very tasty but the gentleness is at is best here. Ultra-long finish though. Wonderful, oily, almost fatty mouthfeel and greatly balanced in everything, such as in the bitterness.
Zeswaft (1455) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks sersdf. pitch black and a thick brown head. could find much aroma. a little black licorice and soy sauce. flavor is mocha and smoke. a decent imp. stout.
Marsiblursi (3052) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 18, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2010 (Bottle, thanks to moejuck) Pours almost black. Chocolaty, light sweet and a bit vinous aroma with some dark fruits/raisins and fainted hops. Deep roasted but also light burned with notes of coffee and new asphalt. Some coconut milk. Small hints of alcohol, vanilla and mint. Roasted, a bit sweet aroma with chocolate, some oranges, liquorice root and some dark berries. Finish is very oily with some coffee notes. Medium to full thick and smooth mouthfeel with maybe a tiny bit to much alcohol. Light bitter. Almost full body. Second try: (Bottle from 2008, sampled 2010) Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma is quite oxidized with notes of black olives and Madeira/resins. Dark chocolaty roast and old hops. Irish coffee hints - brown sugar and cheap whisky. Tar. The flavour is light sweet, near medium bitter and light to medium acidic. Tones of madeira, dark fruits, dark chocolate, aggressive tea-like hops, soy and brown sugar. The mouthfeel is fat and round with light carbonation. Vinous and roasted finish. Medium to full bodied.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
poured surprisingly light-bodied. i get the impression porters are generally a little less thick, so it poured like that. still pitch black with a 1/8" lasting golden brown head. bottle smelled talc-y. smell from glass is pretty great. real chocolatey. taste is bitter and smoky, but not overpowering. so balanced. not very sweet tho. not much alcohol. body corresponds to what i saw in the pour, somewhat light for a RIS. decent though. this is pretty well crafted, but i don’t really enjoy it.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black body with a small mocha-yellow head. Smells of tobacco, earth, anise, and diverse hop leafiness. The flavour is quite roasty including some bittersweet chocolate, sticky grapefruit hops, and some light alcohol (nowhere near 10%). Tar consistency throughout with some chalkiness at times. Very good!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAY 9, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, super dark brown/nearly black pour with deep garnet hues. A thin, dark tan head struggles to coagulate, never happening. Thin dot lacing forms pretty arches. The color is quite pretty. Chocolate leads the charge in a complex aroma. Ale yeast that has Belgian wisps, caramels and light roastiness follow. Grapefruity and floral hops share the stage, preceding lactobacillus notes. Alcohol is very well masked. Roast and alcohol become more prominent with warming above cellar temperature. the flavor is very bitter. The combination of hops, roasted grains and chocolate are all surprisingly bitter. Still lightly yeasty, lightly sweet, quite warm from signifigant alcohol. A soft berry flavor hides under the scorched skin. The palate is dry, then sweet and bitter, medium-full bodied. Finishes chocolatey and dry. Drinkabiltity and mouthfeel are excellent. Good carbonation levels throughout, very prominent alcohol. A fun and tasty beer.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy boboski. Pours an oily pitch black, light bubbly tan head. Very creamy vanilla aromas, some roast, dark malts, and a touch of chocolate. Very thick and warming mouthfeel. Some nice coffee, dark chocolate, slight bitterness, and roasted malts dominate the flavors. Overall nice and smooth, rich tasting, and balanced nicely. Quite roasty, just like I like them. Another excellent brew from a fine brewery.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy boboski. Black, brown edges. Small, light brown head. Nose of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, light dose of smoke, airy and slightly twisted yeast. Similar flavor, more roasty, bittersweet, and some burmt sugar. Medium body, not enough weight to it, smooth. Very tasty, lacking on the palate.