madmitch76 (15073) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
9th October 2008. GABF. Soft palate. Fresh porter with a distinct coffee and caramel dry finish.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Name: Black Market Carob Porter
Appearance: black, fine beige head, layers of drippy lace,
Aroma: sweet caramel and chocolate aroma,
Body: big body,
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, nice dark caramel sweetness brings out the chocolate, chewy, lots of hop flavor, earthyness adds a drying componant, turns very dry and roasty upon warming,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 14/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Barcade. Dark brown, ruby tinted beer with a creamy tan head. Aroma is really lovely with sweet caramel, chocolate and a soft roasted coffee character as well. Some nice complexity in the grain bill that went into this one. A chewy earthiness helps back up the sweet toasty/caramelly maltiness. Flavour is also quite sweet and malty with lots of caramel and sweet lightly roasted coffee as well. A bit of a herbal earthy component throughout that serves as a counterpoint to the sweet malts. Warming brings a soft fruity component that is quite unlike anything I’ve ever tasted before. A solid brew.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a tan head. Roast y with a slight ash and coffee bitterness. Dry bitter chocolate finish a bit thin but still nice.
notalush (4854) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bobbique - sixpoint makes solid american-style porters, and this is no different - the carob compliments the roasted malts quite well, and the hop bitterness feeds into both qualities to accentuate the bitter bakers chocolate attributes - medium sweetness balances this - the hops get mildly assertive in the finish, but otherwise it’s smooth and tasty.
ChainGangGuy (4375) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 19, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a thin ring of off-white bubbles on top.
Smell: Chocolaty carob scent butts up against citrusy hops and complimentary notes of licorice and Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Taste: Pleasing blend of chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, and carob followed by a light sweetness. Then the citrus drops, bringing a light bitterness with it. Finishes faintly bitter and with an earthy taste of carob. Slight roastiness lingering in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly tasty and enjoyable porter. My hat is OFF to Sixpoint.
unclemattie (4187) - Georgia, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Dark and muddy brown. Aroma of cocoa and Pacific C-hops. Hints of cinnamon. Flavor of bitter wood, hops, burnt malts, unsweetened cocoa powder, some coffee bean. A super tasty Porter. Nicely hopped. 13 sept 08
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask samples at ABF on 6/16/07
Nearly transparent, but for a slight haziness, the body is a light brown mix of soft mahogany and light tan hues. Beige head sits atop with moderate retention and light lacing.
A beautiful mix of wood-smoked nuttiness and easygoing chocolate mixes with a stronger hint of Spanish coffee-like character. Pale malts add vanilla/honey and a chocolate-peanut-caramel character is achieved, drying out on the finish to become lightly roasty, but keeping a moderate amount of malt sweetness. Big, thick, rich aroma, that despite its strength, never seems overdone. Definitely seems like a mix between a brown and robust porter, with the better qualities of each, IMHO (the sweet, soft maltiness of the former, with the nutty, roasty, chocolatey complexity of the latter).
Peanut brittle, mixed with toffee and milk chocolate seems to be my best approximation of the flavor, with a deliciously chewy, fully malty, rich body. Carbonation is still ample and the attenuation is done well, with no fatiguing sweetness building up. Roasty, heavily nutty carob-like flavors add complexity and give it some uniqueness. Shane’s malting is always impressive and this is one of his best. Easy-drinking for sure, with only perhaps a bit too much nuttiness and light breadiness to complain about.
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Pours a dark brown with a small, thick but quickly disappearing tan head. Aroma of coffee, rich roasted malt, sweet malt, and citrusy hops. Flavor of roasted malt, slight roasted nuts, lots of semi-sweet chocolate in the finish. Yum, nice chocolatey-ness! Smooth bodied with a full palate (although the palate is the weakest component of the beer, IMO). Not quite as full-bodied and robust as Gorilla Warfare but still a good beer and awesome porter!
vtafro (3426) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger. Black porter with tan medium head. Decent porter nothing too special flavor is alright, with roasted coffee and chocolate notes.