o_Merlin_o (192) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the darkest beers I've ever seen. Completely opaque. Aroma of sweet coffee beans. Definite coffee flavor. A beautifully strong beer!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served on tap a Pizza Port OB on 5/15/10. I felt bad ordering a not Port brew on my first visit but this looked far to inviting. Turns out after all it is a collaboration so it’s perfect! The appearance is a nice rich brown-black with a small medium brown head. The aromas are full of roasted goodness, chocolate, and hints of burned popcorn. The flavors are all heavy roasted grains at first with dark chocolate notes that build through the drink and really develop into more upfront flavors. Some nice coffee bean notes in there as well. The mouth is fairly full and nicely smooth. Very drinkable and delicious.
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JUN 21, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at O’briens and Toronado, San Diego on multiple occasions. Im liking these one-offs from Sierra! Empire Strikes Black was the shit, and this follows up nicely. Oily black with little head, but decent carbonation. Sweet aroma of dark fruit (dates, plum and cherry) mixed with salty roasted tones. Flavor starts sweet with more cherry and light clove, followed immediately by darker smoke and coffee tones. Thick, coating mouthfeel. Fairly complex. I like it!
ACHops (946) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Pizza Port Bressi Ranch. Pours super dark watery brown with thin pale mocha head. Aroma is slightly tart mild chocolate malt. Taste is bitter roasty malt with smooth chocolate flavor. Black cherry and faint vanilla notes on the clean dry finish. Very drinkable for a baltic porter - doesn’t seem like 8.4% abv.
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - MAY 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
O’Briens SD on draft. Stout Porter blend flavors. Some coco. Nice low carb look but like a macro it carbs up on the palate. Balanced. Almost no alc detected. Touch of coffee and toffee. Some cola flavors. Balanced and slightly sticky. Could be darker roasted to go along with the rich somewhat thick flavors? Imperial porter for sure but not overly complex or creamy. Very cool to try and the 1st to rate!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this on tap at Pizza Port San Clemente. It’s a very dark brown pour with nice malty and roasty flavors.
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad. Deep black pour. The nose is quite fresh and clean with a touch of light dark roastiness. A slight touch of molasses and a touch of light roastiness on the finish. Softly earthy maltiness with a touch of light grassiness on the finish. Clean tasting although there is a touch of anise. Authentically malty with a very clean yeast profile.
peteinSD (1431) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ PP Carlsbad. Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma is dark, bitter chocolate and roast with some underlying darker fruit. Taste is chocolate, light bitterness, roasted malt, and soft raisin. Clean mouthfeel. Great beer.
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a fizzy white head. Sweet molasses and roasted grain aroma and taste with molasses hints and a burnt coffee finish.
AmEricanbrew (6320) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
SD Strong Ale Fest 2010. Black color/ fleeting tan head. Nice chocolate, black licorice, roasty aromas. Rich, smooth mouthfeel. Tasty chocolate, dark roast malt, black coffee, black licorice spice flavors.