Jmacatiag (76) - , California, USA - JUL 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is another great beer from Port Brewing Co. First of all at 10% abv this os a stronger drink than a lot of other beers, but you can’t taste the alcohol at all. It pours out a deep black color with a light brown to tan head. That alone should give you an idea of the flavor to expect. The aroma is very dessert. It smells like dark chocolate with cocoa and hops. It smelled really appetizing. The flavor is totally out of this world. It’s got a very complicated taste to it. it ranges from dark chocolate to fudge to slight cinnamon to cappuccino. This is all backed up by the consistency. It creamy which is weird for sure, but totally compliments the flavor. This hit me a very Midnight Sessions but skewed more towards the chocolate; Midnight Session is more coffee than chocolate. Try out this brew when you can, especially if you want something desserty.
hoppyhampy (73) - , California, USA - FEB 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No freshness info other than its the 2010 vintage. I bought it back in early December and wasn’t planning on aging it this long. Oh well. I should have held up alright. Pours pitch black with one and a half fingers of thick, frothy brown foam. Some lacing. Nose is complex and pleasing. Sweet, roasted malt with essences of dark chocolate and even a little bit of hoppy vibrancy to round it out. Mouthfeel is not a rich as you might expect. Carbonation is nice but maybe a touch too much for this style. There is a lot going on on the palate. I’m a hops guy and this definitely delivers there but this beer might be going a little too far with them. The hops kind of drown out the roasted, chocolatey flavors. On the plus side, they seem to give the malt a lighter, toffee-like sweetness that is great and makes it easier to drink. The finish is moderately resiny and where you get most of the dark chocolate and some coffee flavors. This is my first time having this one and I am a fan. There is something for everyone even if it doesn’t come together perfectly.
Hogfather (69) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - DEC 18, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Ipanema Bar, Thessaloniki: black colour with medium/small tanned head. Aroma of roasted malts, spices, vanilla. Smoked flavour with tones of chocolate. Full body, low carbonation, bittersweet aftertaste. One of the very very good xmas beers! I really enjoyed it!
mystiksc (61) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 22oz Bomber . Pour is pitch black with very little head. Tastes of milk chocolate, serious brown sugar, with a nice warming hint of alcohol. Slight bittersweet coffee aftertaste. This is definetely a treat to drink. I will be stocking up on this beer as it will definetely make my winter more enjoyable :)
SteveOrz85 (60) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured from big bottle into tulip. Huge tan head. Aroma of roasty malts. Dark dark brown/black appearance. Taste is good and roasty with maybe a hint of chocolate. medium body. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Sharp finish.
Overall an enjoyable stout.
SFtaster (58) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 21, 2010
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tried it on tap at City beer in SF a couple weeks ago - wow! I tasted the 2009 edition, but they also had some ’08 in bottles. Intense flavor, deep, black color, dry mouth feel- what more do you want?
markdredge (50) - Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008. Opened on Christmas Eve with my Dad. Pours a think opaque black, it’s filled with milk and dark chocolate, nuts. Big flavour, roasty, bitter coffee, dark chocolate, full-bodied, lots of flavour.
dwr1962 (47) - Wellsburg, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Typical (excellent) appearance of a good Imperial Stout. Aroma of an assortment of malts. The sugar adds an interesting taste and boosts the alcohol (nothing wrong with that!). I like this one a lot
eddy5335 (45) - Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. Huge chocolate, roasted malt, sugary, sweet, and coffee aroma. Roasted malts right away with the chocolate coming in. The coffee more on the back end. The sugars are present and not in a bad way at all. Extremely good and well balanced. Did not get the 10% at all. Recommend.
thegreat78 (42) - San Marcos, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours black with a thin reddish tan head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is somewhat smoky, nutty roastiness and a nice dose of bourbon and whiskey. chocolatey and sugary up front in the taste, followed by a smokiness and roasted flavor and finishing with a nice acidic tang that gradually gets stronger mixing with some bitterness and a warmth of alcohol in the back of the throat. fairly good size body, smooth up front, a very small amount of dryness in the finish. Tasty stout, I am not blown away flavor or aroma wise, but extremely drinkable especially considering the alcohol content.