michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, chocolate, cocoa, and light roasting, but no orange. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Opaque. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, cocoa, and some ash, but no oranges. Medium body. Oily, then lightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate finish is slightly chalky. 9%ABV is completely hidden throughout. No hint of orange anywhere.
KlextonGaze (60) - Franklinville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with decent tan cap. As cocoa and coffee aroma wafts, subtle rind makes its presence. Generous mouthcoat, flavors melding nicely, not too hot or sweet. Enjoyed this one...
rocbyter (1830) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - APR 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light chocolate aroma. Black color with a small brown head. Bitter chocolate malt beginning with a sweet finish. Lasting hints of orange in the end.
keepersj12 (2444) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark chocolate aroma from a black pour with a small tan lacing head. The flavor had the chocolate and a bit of caramel. Not too sweet with a nice balance.
abcfan (651) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good brew. Pours black with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate with notes of licorice. Very silky in mouth with more chocolate notes. Finishes with a slight alcohol burn, with chocolate and orange. Very good brew!
beerbill (3178) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours just about black with a moderate brown head that lasted through mid-glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of coffee, chocolate, lightly roasted malt, and a few mild notes of orange. The flavor is coffee, chocolate, lightly roasted malt, with the orange more noticeable than in the aroma. Full bodied with a silky mouthfeel. This is without a doubt my favorite beer from the folks at Saranac. Well done!
adrian910ss (2268) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a pitch black color with a large and fluffy dark tan-light brown head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt, chocolate and light orange peel. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate and orange peel.
McGarnigle (520) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours very dark with fine, persistent, tan head. Doesn’t smell of orange and doesn’t taste much of it either. But this is really good. Rich, chocolatey, ultimately dry on the back end. Slight orange peel (and I love chocolate-orange candies). This is easily Saranac’s best effort.
Butters (3574) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bomber. beautiful black pour with ring of dark tan head. Smells of roast and nutty and light cocoa. Flavor is stronger on the milk cocoa which i really like. I’m not sure if i’m picking up the blood orange peel. If i am, it just comes across as a very well balanced sweetness. Medium chewy body with a nice smooth finish. Went very well with the chocolate bacon candybar we were eating.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is a thick black, nearly syrup like upon first glance, with a very thin dark brown head. Nose is what one would expect from a porter, no real chocolate or orange dominance as the name would suggest. Taste has some cocoa backbone, quite a bit of bitterness at times, though nearly no orange to be found at all in my experience. Nothing all that special.