smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large dome head that leaves plenty of webby lace throughout the tasting. When pouring, the head ever expands with an upward cascade of bubbles (like Guinness). The liquid is dark mahogany brown, but light does shine through.
This smells closer to an IPA than a porter. That is to say that there isnít much in the way of darker malts, but there is a decent bouquet of floral hop.
Plenty of darker malt flavor. Closest flavor is treacle or caramelized molasses. There is a touch of sweetness to the taste. The finish is balanced where the hop comes out. The aftertaste is mild but long lasting.
This is a nice blend of styles. I very much like the complexity of this beer.
ttroha (266) - Americus, Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Highland Ave. Package. Dark black with white head. Smells of chocolate and hops. Taste of chocolate and very hoppy. Medium bodied and a bitter aftertaste.
thorongil2 (1238) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) (batch #2) clear very dark brown colour with a tall brown head, aromas start with sour fruit, then molasses, stewed fruit, chocolate cake; thin and a bit slick palate; pleasant, intense balanced flavour; definitely more of a baltic porter than ipa
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - NOV 18, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark brown with a large darker tan head. This beer has a good chocolate and roasted flavor. There is some really good dark fruits and a sweet licorice flavor!!
zvsn (595) - ISRAEL - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Black IPA tasting in Beer&Beyond shop. Pours deep brown with a decent beige head. Sweet fruits and roasted aroma. Taste - sweet, dark fruits, caramel, raisins, chocolate, mild bitter finish. Medium-bodied. Nice.
LearninBeer (376) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The aroma is malty - caramel; hops - citrus; yeast - earthy. Pours a dark brown/black with big light brown head, mostly diminishing; clear; excellent lacing. The taste is bitter, sour and I guess umami (trying to figure that one out). The body is medium-full; the texture creamy and slick; the finish bitter with a long astringent (not something I usually like). Good but comes up short after having a Stone IPA.
joeworrall (83) - USA - OCT 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tough to be objective drinking this head to head against North Coast Old Rasputin stout. Itís good, with an interesting blend of 6 different hops & 2 malts. Itís touted as a Baltic Porter, but the hops aroma & flavor make me think itís a dark IIPA
SpongeRuiner (710) - Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to HisBoyElroy for the split. Most of my Sam Adams will probably come from this Sam Adams lover. Iím not the biggest fan. I remember it being very mediocre.
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is definitely unique and has a lot of character. Itís not like anything else Iíve ever tasted. The immediate flavor was a strong fig/grape aroma which quickly changes into a caramel sweetness on the back of the tongue. Definitely a beer that should be on everyoneís bucket list.
jgentgesdo (668) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours brown with small tan head. Nose is dasrk fruit and caramel, roasted malts, marmalade. Fairly sweet, slightly oily mouthfeel that is very enjoyable.