cmarron (5) - EVANSTON, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a robust porter crossing the line with an american stout, but double (Imperial) at 10% Alcohol, which you will notice on the taste as a warming alcohol.
Let this treat warm up to about 50-55F and the complex malt (roast, chocolate, toast) will come forward really nice.
The aftertaste is a bit astringent from the alcohol, not just the dark malts. But that subsides as it warms up as well.
LoFi (1637) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark brown, beige head.
Aroma: vanilla, chocolate, coffee, baileys, toffee.
Taste: fresh ground coffee and also chocolate coated coffee beans, licorice.
ericwill99 (73) - Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured out of a can. Dark rich color with light foamy head. I don't taste the alcohol. Taste is a smooth, lingering coffee and vanilla. Nice light creamy lingering coffee, with a hint of vanilla. Hard to believe there's 300 calories in here, but it's worth it!
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
THOUGHTS: Had one a couple weeks before I tried this one one and it seemed to improve in those few weeks of aging. Hid alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Drank 3/23/2013. Can. Poured a clear, dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with bright red highlights and an average, tan head that mostly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma was great but a little weak and contained heavy roasted malt, chocolate and coffee; moderate caramel; and slight fruit notes. The initial flavor was slightly sweet, lightly bitter and ever so slightly sour; while the finish was lightly sweet, and light to moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was coffee, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, sweetened coffee, chocolate syrup, and hints of fruit; but coffee is the dominant flavors. The medium to full body was oily with fizzy carbonation and an ever so slightly metallic finish.
Beerman6686 (4834) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a darker milk chocolate color with a beige head. Aroma was of chocolate and coffee. Flavor similar, bit subdued, a bit ashy and watery too.
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[5602-20130722] 12floz can. Mild grainy wood coffee aroma. Slightly hazy, dark brown red body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Woody burnt grains flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(c/o mds, w/ him, jercraigs)
Darkmagus82 (1896) - - AUG 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 2-11-13-
Poured from can into a snifter glass
Appearance –Pours a deep-deep brown color with a small one finger tan colored head. When held up to the light hints of ruby red can be seen shinning through the brew. The head of the beer fades quite fast leaving a small film on the surface and only a very light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt and coffee smell. Mixed with these smells are some lighter notes of a toffee sweetness as well as a bit of cocoa and an earthy hop.
Taste –The taste begins with strong roasted malt, cocoa and some coffee flavors. There is a light sweetness of a caramel and vanilla flavor in the beginning of the taste. The sweeter flavors begin to fade more as the taste advances however with some flavors of oak and some light nutty flavors taking their place. Toward the end, the coffee flavor intensifies and is joined by some hop flavors of an earthy variety as was detected in the nose. These flavors, with the lessening of the sweet, end up leaving a roasted and bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – For a 10 % abv brew the body of the beer was rather thin in terms of its thickness and chewiness while the carbonation level was a tad on the higher side. Neither the thin body of the beer or the higher carbonation level suited the flavors or the style of the brew well.
Overall – Not likely one I would go too again. A little too bitter and astringent at the end with the taste and the feel a bit off for me. OK, but for the cost not really worth it.
gunnar (5874) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from my secret summer santa 2014. Pours very dark brown with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of dark bitter chocolate, ripe fruits. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Taste is rich roasted, malts and coffee, with a pleasant sweet note as well from the chocolate, lingering bitter dark chocolate. Well hidden alcohol.
Lizardking3 (157) - Springfield, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oregon brewfest. Smells strong... Tastes like raisins and chocolate. Finishes with a bite
bu11zeye (12039) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Pours a dark brown (near black) body with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, anise, figs, raisins,, grain, caramel, coffee, and cocoa with a dry, bitter finish.
wheresyourball (521) - El Cajon, California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Skinny can to tulip. Dark brown pour with a fine beige head. Nose is roast, malt, coffee. Flavor is coffee, malt, slight bitterness, chocolate, sweet finish. Smooth mouthfeel. Surprisinigly good.