Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From the growler, yet dispensing a large beige head which is surprisingly persistent. Pretty much black and opaque. It produces a strong perfumey fruity and vinous nose with plenty of residual sugars making for a strongly cakey profile. The roastiness does come in the form of a dark chocolate, cocoa and beany form, but itís not to say that sweeter chocolate is not felt as fudge and ice cream are also hinted at. A rather rich and desserty concoction. The body is rich, filling, medium-full is size and clearly unfiltered. Large berry range as well. Thatís a good one, not as straightforward as most. Couldnít catch a glimpse at the alcohol.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Any first impressions?
-A sheet of foam cover the opaque darkness.
-Latte emanations reach the nostrils accompanied by their nearby cake acolyte.
-Roasted coffee beans cut the foreseen sweet molasses predominance with pugnacious roastiness.
-The mouthfeel is velvet, smooth and creamy, and goes down every so easily for this mammoth of a brew.
What if you dig deeper?
-Vanilla accompanies the molasses in trickling upon the tiramisu slice.
-A combination of wealth and drinkability never disappoints me.
-Hops and alcohol are barely present in the flavor profile, but arenít missed.
-Even though I may appear underwhelmed compared to all those who think this is a masterpiece, I still think this is a beautiful performance and I am always happy to see it in my glass.
From a growler filled a few weeks prior, and from a bottle of the í09 vintage.
GonZoBeeR (2752) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a growler...
Appearance:Dark,good tan head...
DarkMagus (468) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet coffee and cocoa aroma with heavy malt and dark roasted grains underneath. Jet black, with a thin tan head of tiny micro-bubbles. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Great range of sweet malty and (very) dark roasted grains, with easily distinguishable coffee and cocoa notes. No trace of the 10.5% abv. An amazing beer.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Easily the best beer from Portsmouth. Black pour with a tiny brown ring on top. Aroma stacked with coffee, chocolate, and roasted malts. Huge flavor. The alcohol burn enhances the coffee and roasted malt, and brings out the little hops contained in this one. Excellent beer.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught at the Brewery. Small tan head (they seem to pour them that way here) blackerín hell. Aroma is very malty--coffee and chocolate. Aroma is similar, winish, with a dry finish and malty alcohol aftertaste. Would be perfect for a New England winter.
BitchesBrew (713) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 31, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2008 [rated in a snifter @ the brewpub 7/29/06, and many more] Pours a deep, jet black color. Aroma of sweet licorice and some dark fruits. Flavors are powerful, and deeply complex. Chocolate-covered cherries, dried candied fruit and some slight coffee. Alcohol is slightly warming and certainly noticable, however itís not overwhelming. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel with pleasing carbonation. Smooth and silky. Another gem from the Portsmouth Brewery!
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark stout with a thin moka head. Rich coffee chcolate aroma. Creamy sweet chocolate in mouth, alcohol and raisins. Rich bodied. At EBF 2006.
sarah3961 (29) - allston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, malty. Tasty stuff. Full bodied without being overwhelming. Very drinkable. Kind of hoppy flavors.
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 23, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a jet black elixir and leaves a thick tan head brown and soft. The aroma is sweet nutty wth a chocolate background. Wow the sweet malt, roasted barley, and chocolate notes attack your palate making this similar to a scottish ale than a more brisk hoppier Imperial, but not dissappointing by any means. This is a fantastic brew that finished hoppy with a slight alcohal presence on the palate.