jsquire (3578) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is a 2004 and later version, although it does not say. Very dark beer, with deep mahogony highlights when held up to the light. Thin beige head the shrinks to a whisp pretty quickly. This is a different brew that is intriging in both aroma and flavor. The first whiff was big and choclatey with something rubbery in the background, but as it warmed the CocoPuff nature of the nose took over. Lots of chocolate in the first sip, but tons of other stuff too, like orange, purfumy soap, ash, some smoke, and in the finish the burnt coffee takes over. Chewed espresso bean dominates the aftertaste and the burbs on this one. Very interesting beer, but there is something harsh and astringent about this beer that I didn’t prefer. Thanks to CaptainCougar for letting me try this GA brew.
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle as an extra thanks to CaptainCougar. i was surprised to see a black beer pour out of the bottle, as i expected it to be a variation on a spiced amber ale (not sure why, really...) very dark porter, with lots of starchy oatmeal and plenty of chocolate malt, tons of unsweetened chocolate powder flavor. quite tasty, and a very enjoyable seasonable beer from georgia. thanks tom, this is good stuff!
kramer (5172) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle, via CaptainCougar. Black pour with dark ruby highlights, clear, with a quick vanishing head. Chocolate malt nose, light roasted notes, some coffee, and hints of alcohol. Deep roasted malt flavor, espresso and bitter chocolate. Finish is espresso balanced by hoppy bitterness. I also taste some sort of spice as well, but no mention of spices on the bottle or commercial description? Light to medium body with moderate carbonation yields a pretty ho-hum mouthfeel. Pretty decent beer, but nothing to knock your socks off.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2006 Sampled at GCBC 2005 and rated from a bottle 9/19/06. - Pours near black with burgundy hues and a mostly receding tan head. Aroma is toasted malt, with chocolate and a bit of espresso roast. Taste is sweet, lightly roasty and malty. Notes of dark chocolate, licorice, and a strange finish. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy bodied with soft carbonation. The oatmeal adds a decent amount of silkiness to the mouthfeel. While enjoyable, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as everyone else.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fron Lou18 in a recent trade. Wow, this is really a nice porter! a rich dark brown with a tan head that fades to a thin layer sitting on the top. roasted malts and chocolate flavors abound with a hint of coffee on the finish. a wonderfully crafted and very smooth drinking porter. superb in every way!
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2010 Bottle acquired in trade with goldtwins. Poured a dark ruby red/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malts, and oatmeal. Tastes of oatmeal (stronger in the tastes than the smells), dark fruits, chocolate and coffee. Light bitter finish. Tasty - I’m glad I had the chance to drink this one! 8 4 8 4 17
Reated..3/9/10. Same aroma and taste profile, but I over rated the 1st go around...
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Brown with Cream Head. Sweet Malty Aroma. Malty and Hoppy with Chocolate and Coffee Roasts..a Light Warming Working its Way Up..Ending with a Light Tartness.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours dark cherry, nearly brown, mediocre light brown head, frothy, with fairly attractive lacing. Dry chocolate powder on the nose, slight Oat, seems somewhat chalky. Semi-sweet chocolate on first sip, hop bitterness on the tongue. Sorta reminds me of Pike XXXXX Stout, but not as dry and chalky (which I dont care for). Body and mouthfeel seem fairly mediocre. Finishes fairly thin, at least not as big as I thought. Tiz alright... light camprire on the finish, along wih some coffee bean & semi-sweet chocolate. A decent beer from Georgia... Thanks goes out to goldtwins for the trade!
DocLock (8086) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow, thanks to beeryum for this one, which is higher rated than I anticipated, and a "make-it-or-break-it" beer to boot! Just lovely! Pours deep ruby thorugh light with two-finger off-white head. Aroma of roasty malt, chocoff, nuts, cabernet, cognac. Definite prize winning aroma. I’m shuddering with anticipation as I draw it to my eager mouth and tongue (and the beer, too)....Yes, indeed, heavy roasty malt coupled with a firm chocolate presence and some cinnamony Ovaltinish element and espresso at the finish. I swear I taste hot frothy cream in this. Fantastic complexity and mouthfeel. More chocolate syrupy and cinnamon taste as it warms. I came into this review upset that I didn’t have a blockbuster for #1,600. I come out of it knowing that I did, I just didn’t realize it. This is one of my great surprises of 2005 thus far, and I recommend it to anyone. One of the better porters I’ve ever had, with as much character as any of them.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, thx to goldtwins, aroma is rich with chocolate, but also has hints of vanilla, and some cinnamon, as well as a nice toasted oatmeal scent. beer is dark brown, not completely opaque, but close, with a thin layer of creamy head that fades down to some lacing. heavy chocolate flavor with a load of malts, coffee on the end, with a decent amount of bitterness throughout the entire glass. the aftertaste has a definite coffee tang to it. body is medium to full, not as rich as some, but alot better than others in terms of mouthfeel. a nifty little porter.