MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
GABF 2008. Very dark brown. Some roast and chocolate in aroma. Bit thin, not a lot of roastyness in flavor but entirely sessionable.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Date: November 01, 2008
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: opaque dark brown, fine tan head, streaks of drippy lace
Aroma: roasted and dark chocolate aroma, touch of smoke, light dark caramel sweetness in the background
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, touch of caramel sweetness helps to accent the chocolate, light balancing earthyness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
Harsebrau (227) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle # 2341 of 3708. A gift from Santa. And a gift indeed! Aroma is light; chocolate being the most pronounced. Some sourness in the nose too. Extremely dark with a significant tan head. A pretty pour. Flavor was thicker than the nose would imply. Sweet and bitter. Chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toastedness throughout. Mouthfeel was round and creamy. Very good.
Bockyhorsey (2609) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 2181 of 3708. Aroma of some oatmeal at first then some molasas on the the finish. Black body with tan cramy head. Good head retention thought beer. Alcohol flavor dominated the start as that is all I got. Then a mils sweetnes was present and finished with a creamy milk chocolate flavor. Good stuff.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown color when poured, but appears black in the glass. Light tan colored head looks nice and lasts well. Naturally carbonated. Aroma doesn’t have much depth to it, only some light chocolate, coffee and cocoa notes. Flavor has some nice complexity, with chocolate and coffee.
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a black body with a creamy-looking, though thin, tannish head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted barley, baker’s chocolate, and caramel with an earthy undertone to it. Liqueur-like booziness lurking in the background.
Taste: Chocolaty and dark caramel maltiness with a medium level of sweetness. Sip of coffee presents some roastiness alongside a growing earthy bitterness. Warming alcohol presence. Final spurt of sweetness prior to the roasty, drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Rather tasty and enjoyable, but, then again, I did enjoy the non-imperialized State Pen Porter as well.
unclemattie (4130) - Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2184 of 3708. 750ml bottle. Thumbs up, 100% Bottle Condition. Pours a thick dark brown / black. Dark brown head. Lots of vanilla and carmel in the nose. Hot cocoa with marshmallows aroma. Deep roasted malt flavor. Rich chocolate and even some coffee. Nice lingering bitterness. Heavy bodied. A very nice Porter.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 750ml bottle 2184 of 3708 - Pours dark pitch black with small quickly dissipating head. Average carbonation. Smells super sweet with roasted malts, vanilla, and some smoke notes. First sip is nice with coffee, chocolate, and some smoke notes are present. Very nice. The 11% ABV is nicely hidden.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(750ml bottle) Pours a black body with a medium creamy tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and light smoke in the background. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with a bitter finish.
theisti (3184) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle #2283. 750 ml bottle provided by heemer77 for the 10/18 tasting. Pour is deep brown black, smallish tan head that falls fast. Aroma roasty maltiness with some pine hoppiness. Taste starts nice with the roastiness, but turns really sharp and metallic - overload of pineiness and sharp alcohol. Not terribly pleasant burning aftertaste. As it hit room temp, it got better quite a bit better.