Travlr (9808) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the source. Dark maroon color, brown and beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark cocoa and caffe macchiato. Taste is sweet and roasty dark chocolate and espresso. Nice.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
16.9 oz bottle. A gusher! Dark brown with a huge cap of tan foam that collapses to rocky peaks. Nose is chocolate, hay and prune; slightly vinous. Fluffy medium body but drinks lighter. Taste is chocolate, ash, plum, citrus peel and burnt sugar. Old bottle?
Tonybaldeagle (52) - - JUL 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pleasant porter full of flavour & character that deserves its a accolades.
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gilvanblight (729) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong malty and fruity scent. Raisins. Chocolate. Near black pour with a quickly fading tan head. Taste is very strong coffee and chocolate. Thick rich and desert like. A touch bitter especially in the finish. Really enjoy this up to the finish. The finish is just too bitter. Like dark unsweetened chocolate but not in a good way.
Good but not something I want often.
jmohno (955) - Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark,heady. Aroma of sweet nutty coconut/chocolate/berry
Taste is oaky,woody,dry semi sweet/sweetness,chocolate,dark sweet berries,slightly tart. nutty.
finish is chocolate/nutty sweet beery.Fuck me its good.
thb (642) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich ruby black with half inch of rich brown head. Aroma is deep roasty chocolate with espresso, date. Lots going on there. Taste is big, bold, bitter. Lingering bitterness with a touch of dry sweetness. Less fruit than the aroma suggests. A bit too bitter for my liking of the style, would like some more balancing sweetness. Still very enjoyable though.
Rastacouere (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A diminutive off-white cap reigns above the close to blackness. Whew, thatís an aromatic one with plenty of intricacies. Its dominant feature is probably that of a quality dark chocolate, albeit perhaps a bit fudgey and dense in nature, with plenty of substance, evolving as it warms up toward anise and raisin subterfuges. Bold, chewy and earthy, it showcases abundant esters and bready yeast character, marking one think of blueberry and chocolate muffins. Thick texture with tiny yet abundant bubbles managing to cleanse the palate up and remove the mollasses-like sweetness impression with the help of an above average acidity level from the roast and efficient leafy hops in the background. Impressive ale, certainly far more intense than anything Iíve had in the UK, but focused, well-extracted flavours with intensity and texture yet neglectable alcohol presence. I really need to get to NZ...
shrubber85 (6505) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chocolate malt and herbal aroma. Dark brown with giant head. Burnt wood, dark chocolate, and lightly bitter herbal hops flavor. Very nice.
Patrickctenchi (2478) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours entirely as a tan head....slowly giving way to almost black ....takes a while.
Aroma is heavy, sweet chocolate, roast coffee.
Taste is thick, chocolate, a little smoky, dark fruit.
Metalchopz (2010) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a real dark brown colour with very little red highlights. Big frothy mocha-coloured head with good retention and a little lace. Big cocoa nose with some earth notes and mild dark fruits. The taste is more on the roasted malts, but very smooth, not harsh. Just enough hop to balance some bitterness (dryness) that takes time to kick in, but does slowly. Goes down a little too well actually. Very, very nice !