Pyobon (1060) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(bottle) Poured very dark brown but clear, similar to black coffee. The head however was ridiculous - even with very careful pouring I had to use two pint glasses. Aroma is burnt caramel with some raisins. Full bodied but overly fizzy. The flavour has a nice start with roast malt and bitter chocolate but these harsher burnt bitter tastes develop too much giving a harsh finish of burnt caramel / black treacle. Possibly I started drinking this at too cold a temperature, as when it warmed up the flavour was a bit sweeter and less harsh. Overall this beer doesn’t work for me: too much in the way of harsh burnt flavours and over carbonated.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Date: October 28, 2011
Source: Appachelian Vinters, Asheville
Appearance: opaque dark brown, bit tan head
Aroma: dry and earthy chocolate aroma, just a hint of roasted
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dry and roasty, earthy
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Score: ** /4
Scopey (8515) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at BrewDog Camden. It pours very dark brown, with a big light tan head. The nose is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and a touch of smoke. The taste is roasted malt, chocolate, wood, liquorice, caramel, cola, burnt malt and alcohol warmth, with a bitter-sweet finish. Med body, fine carbonation and good balance. Very well done.
MadIndian (2571) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice gift from SJ.
Black pour with a nut and vanilla aroma. A nice medium mouthfeel with hints of caramel malts, chocolate, nuts and a sweet finish. Good!
Cybercat (3877) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a warm, opaque sable with a VERY thick and fine-bubbled tan head. Not only is this head quite persistent, it forms an "island" in the middle of the mug as it dissipates. Smoky aroma has coffee, caramel and chocolate notes. Rich flavor has firm tones of coffee, caramel and chocolate plus a hint of licorice. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has a fair amount of fizz and leaves a smoky, tingly finish with a mocha tone to it.
TimE (3985) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pitch black color. Burnt raisins, dark chocolate and dark fruit in the nose. Very intense. Med mouth intense. Great balance with moderate bitter finish.
JK (4862) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma of red wine, chocolate covered cherries, and very light cream. flavor has wine, sugar, raisin and date, with malt, chocolate, and honey. medium palate, and exceptionally complex. an excellent porter.
Ughsmash (7327) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 22, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500mL bottle. Poured medium brown with most of the glass full of beige head. The aroma picked up metallic notes over dry-roasted darker chocolates, roasty black patent, and smoky malts.. the sourness and huge head got me worried. The flavor found the same unfortunate sourness the whole way through.. burnt black patent and smoked malts at the core.. tacky, sour, and very roasty on the finish. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. the sourness actually worked OK in there, but I didn’t get what I expected/hoped for from the brew.
thirdeye11 (5739) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(500ml bottle thanks to bu11zeye) rich ruby brown w9ith deep tan head. Nose of cocoa powder, a bit of cream, and vanilla, smells delicious. Taste of medium dark chocolate, a bit bitter, and cracker. Smelled great, finished grainy and bitter.
Vaiz (3741) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pitch black pour, extremely thick tan head. Aroma is roasty, burnt malts, licorice and coffee. Flavor is bitter very dry, chocolate and licorice.