dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dark brown color, tiny tan bubbles floating on top, some lacing. aroma of roasted coffee, maybe some nutmeg. flavor chocolate and roasted coffee flavors, mixed with cloves, and other spiciness. medium bodied, dry finish. a pretty good brew.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 20, 2007
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
On tap at the brewpub. Spiced? NO! Porter? NO! Garbage? YES! Poured dark brown with a light brown head. No aroma and no characteristics of spice or a porter in flavor or aroma. Over carbonated. Come on now.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From the tap, served in a pint glass. Poured a dark cola brown with an off-white, pale tan head. The bartender told me this was a witbier with porter ingredients.
Aromas of cocoa and coffee with cream, an orange citrus, and a subtle fruitiness.
Light, airy carbonation and a crisp, dryish, thin light bodied mouthfeel.
Different tasting, but not that unique, milk chocolate mixed with coffee, a mild charcoal hint, a light spiciness, cinnamon and coriander, an orange citric sourness, a touch of earthy nuts, and a dryish orange and malty finish.
I like witbiers and I like porters, but overall, this just didn’t fit the bill, but I’m glad I tried it.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Schlafly’s Tap Room . Pours dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma has a good amount of coriander, roasted malt and some sweetness that I’m assuming is coming from the orange peel. Medium / light body with some fizzy carbonation. The taste starts off quite spicy with the orange really showing through as well. There is a light bit of sourness and the roasted malt takes a back seat to the coriander and orange. The finish adds more spice (from hops?), orange and an increased amount of sourness.
The sourness really takes this down for me. The spice and citrus were very nice up from with the roasted malt supporting it, but the sourness took it down a couple notches for me.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAR 4, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the Schalfly tap room. Dark ruby, light beige head. Light coffee aroma, with maybe a hint of low-lying spice, but it’s just about the same volume with the yeast esters. Bright sprizy coffee flavors, with just a touch of orange peal, dry and a little thin finish. The taproom has a lot of competeing food aromas going on. I liked this, and I think it would be worth another try in a more controled environment.
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pitch black with small, rapidly fading head. Nice lace. Faint aroma of roast malts and coffee. Flavor is roast malt and coffee with subtle hints of the orange peel and coriander. Nice variation on a porter.
sethdude (701) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a pitch black with a thick tan head. Aroma is sweet malts, coffee, cinnamon, and hops. Flavor is coffee, dark fruits, a very yeasty, nutty note, chocolate, and very mild spices. Spices do not overpower flavor. In fact, you really have to try to taste them, as they exist under everything else. I was expecting something that tastes more like OSA, and discovered something completely different. Good.
thegreenrooster (3241) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and dark malts. Flavor is coffee and maybe nutmeg with hints of a citrus bite. Finish is dry and watery. Nothing really special in the end as the thinness of the brew brings it down some points.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown pour with violet highlights. Spicy nose is full of cinammon and charred coffee beans. Velvety mouthfeels is appropriate for the smooth flavors. A great balance of roasted malts and bitterness is achieved in the body. Notes of espresso mixes well with bitter orange and citrus. I just wish there was more of everything to make this truly great. I sometimes think this brewery is afraid it is going to offend its drinkers with over-the-top big beers, often holding back before achieving true greatness.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice aroma, quite barky and cinnamony. Lovely roasty flavors mix well together. Bushy, chalky nutmeg in the flavor. Very slight cardboardy oxidiation, but a great holiday spiced brew. Thanks for the hand-bottled gem go to TAR, as usual.