badlizard (5526) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Clear dark brown with a fluffy tan head. Floral aroma of coffee and fruit. Tastes of roasted grain coffee and citrus. Good.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Originally reviewed: 1/20/11. Best if enjoyed by 1/20/11 printed on the side. Iím a rule-follower.
Pours an impenetrable dark black with no head at all. Obviously, no lace either. The nose is full of freshly ground coffee grounds, brewed espresso, mild chocolate, and a nice roasted quality. Very nice smell. The mouth is of moderate depth. Carbonation level is mild, but itís not thin. Full finish.
The coffee notes take off right where they left with the nose. Big roasted coffee all over the palate. Melds well with some bittersweet chocolate and faint almond. This is almost like drinking a chilled coffee. I like it. Well done. The look turned me off a bit, but this beer came through where it counts: flavor. Good beer. Iíd like to have this one again.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Hay Merchant, Houston TX; April 2012
The beer arrives from the tap with a half-finger thick, lightly brown tinged, tan colored head. The beer is a blackish, concentrated brown color that shows a clear brown / red-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma is sweet and rich, much more so than I was expecting at this strength. There are some really interesting notes of licorice, coffee liquor, hints of cinnamon and molasses that add an extra dimension to what would could have been a standard coffee porter.
The flavor has a touch of sweetness to it, which couples with lots of licorice notes. The finish has a bitter and roasted coffee note to it that is well represented; this is much more complex than roast malt coffee notes could ever be. The flavor is again spicy with the following notes, licorice, cinnamon, an earthiness, as well as some woody touches. Food dries out the flavor of this beer considerably; the coffee also fades, but the fine spice character is still quite present. The body has a richness that defies the alcohol percentage; it is not so rich that it doesnít stay quite quaffable, but it definitely lightens up with the food too. Other flavors of molasses, burnt caramel, and lots of roasted nutty notes add to the malt complexity found in this beer.
This is way more interesting and rich than I expected. It is really quite tasty and Unique even. I am really happy that I decided to try this on a lark.
vipinvelp (1635) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark with light tan head, bit carbonated. Taste is bitter roasted coffee, slightly burnt, notes of charred wood and tobacco. Nice coffee aftertaste, interesting beer with range of tastes. (Houston 201201)
Brandon1989 (86) - Euless, Texas, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
the beers pours a very dark ruby, almost black and the smell is strong of coffee, dark chocolate, and some nuttiness. the taste is pretty good as well, very smooth beer and you definitely picks up all the smells in the taste.
cpetrone84 (1011) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is dark black, light tan head with some large bubbles. The nose is bitter roasted coffee, slightly burnt, notes of charred wood and tobacco. The taste is less charred, has some sweet sugary malt in back, no tobacco, maybe a faint touch of wood. Decent blend of coffee and roasted malt, light body, soft and smooth, assertive carbonation.
decaturstevo (4416) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brew with tan head and lace. Coffee, roasted malt aroma. Sweet roasted malt, light coffee, a good malt bitter. Thin and watery with good carbonation.
Beerenberger (1116) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown not quite translucent color with a very short lived tan head. The aroma is roasted malts. The mouth feel is medium and smooth, while the taste is a rich malty coffee flavor with a hint of sweetness. This is a beer I look forward to every winter.
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newcigarz (42) - Florida, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle is a little over a month past the best by date. Pours a dark brown almost black with little to no head. Aroma of roasted malts and hint of coffee. Taste is just like it smells, malts with very little coffee presence. Very thin. Would have liked to try this one fresh.
superspak (1926) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Got this one in a trade. 12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by 2/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy dark reddish brown color with a nice fairly dense 2 finger khaki head with good retention that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and light herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, toast, caramel, and light herbal hops. Slight bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, chocolate, and rasted malts on the finish for a bit. Good balance of flavors. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Very easy and smooth to drink; with hardly any alcohol warming present for 5.6%. Overall this is a nice and enjoyable porter offering. This one was past best by date, but maybe if it was fresher the coffee would be more prominent.