Grovlam (4189) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. [Tasting @ Papsoe 20-10-2008] Average brown creamy head that mostly lasted. Fair display of lacework. Dark mahogany color. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Over the palate came sweet chocolate, mild roasted malt, hint of liquorish. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation. Moderated sweet flavor with light counter bitterness. Nice sweet chocolate like malty finish.
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nearly perfect black body that shows just a hint of ruby at the edges when held to light. The thin light brown head stays around for a long time. Dark Chocolate and raisins come though in the nose. There is also a little bit of quality coffee. When drinking, I got some coffee and a little bit of peanut shell. There is also a hint of potato skin. A decent porter that is for those that like coffee flavors.
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a bubbly, light beige head.
Smell: Roasty, chocolaty aroma with pleasing, pointed notes of both licorice and black coffee.
Taste: Blending of sweet roasty malts along with tastes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Restrained roasty bitterness. The chocolate component grows and swells into a choco-coffee finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Quite good! Very tasty and keenly drinkable. I would definitely welcome another.
tomthompson89 (1968) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown almost black, some beige foam. nose is choc, some coffee, and a little sweet roasty something.flavor is choc, some sweetness and an odd tingle on the sides of my tongue, but nice for the most part.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: dark brown, fine tan head, sudsy lace,
Aroma: sweet dark caramel and chocolate aroma,
Flavor: rich dark chocolate flavor, touch of dark caramel sweetness, light roasted, earthyness for the balance,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Very dark brown, light brown creamy head. Wonderful aroma. Nice chocolate, light roast and smoke. Superbulous nose of hops. Flavor is rich, chalky, toasted, and a bit of peat in the end. Light- medium bodied. wonderful nose and nice character.
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
rom a brown 12oz bottle - Pours a dark brown – close to black color. Smells lovely with coffee and deep roasted malts coming through. Very below average carbonation. First sip is both sweet - all coffee and roasted malts but could use a stronger malt backbone. Weak mouthfeel as it appears to be slightly under carbonated. I would really like to try the Imperial version of this!
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle) Pours a solid black color with a brownish looking small head. Roasted malt aroma includes some cocoa, toffee and maybe some coffee. Taste is full of chocolates and hints of smoke. Also some burnt caramel. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I expected. Light carbonation. The best of the Santa Fe beers I have sampled. Overall, it could have used a tad more body... but was still a very good beer.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour was standard porter, if not a little cola-like. Minimal spots of lace. The aroma was lightly roasted, smoky malt, milk chocolate and some tart fruit. The flavor was milky chocolate and roasted malts. Some tart twang came through as did some cardboard. Decent mouthfeel. OK.
malrubius (2320) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle in pint glass. Black with lasting tan ring. Mild chocolaty aroma. Mildly roasted medium chocolate flavor with dark fruit and very mild bitterness with fruity finish. Could use more finish. Medium-full body medium-low carbo, very nice mouthfeel. Overall, decent and sessionable with some overly sweet fruit flavors.