1FastSTi (3358) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 bottle via goldtwins. The beer pours to a really dark yet transluscent garnet body with a creamy but quickly disapating brown head. The aroma is a deep chocolate and sweetened condensed milk dessert brownie. Hints of baked oatmeal crumble. Light vanilla and dry black patent. The flavor is very dessert like. Chocolate sugar, heavily roasted black malt. And like matta expressed, there’s hints of a cigar hiding. I’m thinking Montecristo Afrique. Also, latent baked oatmeal. The palate is nicely bitter (not hoppy bitter) with a carbonation bite and a dry yet creamy feel.
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2006 Rating # 985
Thanks to I would suspect TheBeerCellar2 for sending the brew several months ago… should be in great shape!
Pours a majestic black body with shadowy edges of ruby. The head is a thick finely laced tan, very long lasing!
WOW! The flavor of charred BBQ ash, baker’s chocolate, Cuban espresso, but finishes with some smoke and juicy, spicy maduro cigar oils. The aroma is chocolaty but far more composed… maybe my nose is shot because I just mopped the house… it smells “Fabulaso” in here! –Very surprised by this beer… a really nice creamy palate is a pleasurable kicker!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours opaque brown with a thin light brown head the color of brown sugar. Lots of lacing. Smells creamy. Roasted dark malt aromas, sweet and smoky. Hints of mocha.
More mocha in the flavor. Lots of roasted goodness in here. Smoky and bitter coffee. Creamy like a milk stout. Long bitter smokiness in the finish. Kind of light-bodied when you consider the ABV listed. Nice flavorful beer and an easy drinker. Nice surprise.
JPDIPSO (5153) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very dark brown color with a large tan head. Fresh cut wood, cocoa and hint of coffee in the aroma. Fairly thin and quick a bit of zip in the carbonation. Spicy malt flavors abound. Mild coffee, light allspice, dry cherries and mild cedar. Complex and a touch odd, but it works for me. Thanks Tom.
beerguy101 (5344) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This Porter pours a deep black color from a 12oz bottle. A large sized creamy beige colored head. Aroma is chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits and a little bit of roasted malts. A medium bodied porter. Malts are chocolate and coffee, but there are a lot of fruit flavors, mainly cherries as well. Kind of weird tasting, but it also kind of works, if you think of this beer as a winter ale and not strictly a porter. Hops are earthy and slightly citrusy. Smooth tasting, touch creamy in the mouthfeel. Nice soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
BuckeyeBoy (4471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz Bottle Pours out very very foamy. Foam goes down very slow. Dark brown with a little red. With some grape tast. Thanks Indiana_Red
IndianaRed (3245) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
<!-- B -->Bottle Pours with a HUGE foamy tan head. Formed a cornice on the leeward side of the glass. Nearly a gusher. As the head slowly receded back to earth I was able to discern the color of the actual beer. Seems to be a clear very dark brown. Lots of sweet smokey chocolately notes. Flavor is smokey but plenty sweet and grapey. Some woody dark rasted flavors and a lingering bitter bite at the very end. Slightly dry. Thanks again to <!-- B -->Captain Cougar<!-- /B -->
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 13, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle GIGANTIC fizzed out foamy head. Brown in color. Aromas of sweet grape juice, light chocolate, sugary . . . Interesting taste -- almost tangy, earthy grape flavors -- nothing of double chocolate as the commercial deScription described. Fairly dry finish, a little bitter, and thin. The carbonation is over the top. Somebody call Sylvester Stallone. Nothing offensive here, just doesn’t seem to fit the advertisement. I enjoyed it! Thanks Indiana_Red.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 30, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark amber, almost black color that shows ruby highlights around the edges. This beer is highly over-carbonated, it produces a five-finger thick light brown head, and I was not even able to pour the whole beer into my tulip glass. The aroma is an interesting mix of dark fruit (prunes, dates, cherries and raisins), and baking spices (perhaps something like all-spice), and some weird note that I can’t quite place. In the end the fruitiness is the dominant trait of the aroma, but it is almost too much, almost like it is a bit off.
The beer is definitely overcarbonated it foams up as it hits my tongue. The intense fruitiness is here in the taste as well, though here it is balanced by a chalky chocolate note and a light roast character in the finish. There is something off here though, it is a mix of that fruitiness and a phenolic note that just does not jive well with the rest of the beer. On top of all this the beer seems a bit thin as well.
shadey (2033) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2007 Dark brown/black color with a very thin light cream ring. Aroma is more lke a scotch ale. Malty and sweet. A little smokey. I don’t know about the double chocolate porter part. 6/3/7/3/14
RERATE: Not sure which year this is, but is definitely newer than the last bottle I had. The pour is very dark, but not quite as matte as an imperial stout. The head is huge and lumpy cream. Aroma is not too special, actually reminds me of my first home-brewed porter. I get the porter roastiness and just a touch of tart fruit, which is odd. The flavor is completely different and has me wondering if this beer is too cold (probably cellar temp). I pick up the smooth chocolate and a touch of vanilla as well. The coffee/espresso bitterness appears as it rolls over my tongue. The body is more reminiscent of an oatmeal beer - I don’t remember this from last time. Better than I remember.