Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A house-aged keg at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA--Thanks Alec. Dark, burnished mahogany with a thin, fine tan head. Aroma consists of some graininess with light toast (oddly), caramel malt, and very little distinct coffee (more oddly--seems to be fully integrated into the other aspects of the beer). The flavor is totally dry with mild roasted flavors including caramel, spice, and bitter cocoa. Deceptively light body supports the potentially agressive flavor components (coffee, roasted malt, higher alcohol) with aplomb leaving us a lot of flavor that gently unfolds across a stable, nimble body. Very interesting.
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Draught @ Beer Table. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Aroma is centered around fresh roasted coffee, just a hint of cocoa. Taste is, again, dominated by an incredible true-to-life roasted coffee note - this isn’t a coffee beer, this IS coffee in beer form. Slightly nutty, roasty, slightly bitter with a hint of counter balanced cocoa sweetness. Lower acidity than expected, which is a pleasant surprise. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Really nice beer.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - JUN 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 bottle by way of goldtwins. there’s at least an inch worth of clumpy yeasty sediment on the bottom of the bottle!... medium dark brown color with hints of orange/red. that is topped by a soft light brown head with great retention and lots of airy lacing. immediate aroma of wet re-washed coffee grounds followed by roast, chocolate-y malt, nuttiness, wood and lacto sourness. the flavor reminds me of espresso vanilla butter cream... milkiness mixes with mild coffee, nutty/vanilla and chocolate malt. there’s also some roasty grain and light woodiness before a lightly astringent and dry finish. the coffee stays around in the aftertaste for quite a while. medium body leaning on full with a soft slick mouth feel and extremely smooth airy texture... nice solid porter! thanks larry...
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP NY 08. Nearly black in color with a small off white head. Aroma- pretty nice with coffee, light black patent, chocolate, and caramel. Taste has a decent amount of coffee, mild roast, chocolate, caramel, and light bready yeast. light to Medium bodied with a dry moderate hop bittering finish. Some light lingering coffee and hop bitterness. Pretty good.
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - MAY 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ML bottle from a trade w/ Goldtwins. Thanks Larry! Deep brown pour w/a lasting smallish light beige head. Coffee and roasted immediately in the nose, but not overbearing. Semi sweet chocolate morsel, toasted malt notes, and hints of malted milk balls and raisiny dark fruit and a touch of woody aroma. Also a light caramel w/a also a hint of acetaldehyde tartness that adds to complexity rather than detracts. Yeastiness also chimes in, and very pleasant. Flavor is much the same, but more harmoniously blended and well balanced. Light tartness from grains, roasty, but not overly so, great use of coffee and patent malt! Chocolate and toasted malt notes w/ a hint of dark fruit more present in the aroma than flavor. Finish and aftertaste are on the dry side w/ chocolate and roasty notes and a touch of caramel. Moderately fruity w/ a semi sweet chocolate aftertaste. Low medium CO2, a bit on the semi dry mouthfeel side, and lighter medium body. 7.8% ABV... Are you kidding me? Very, very well hidden! This is a really, really good beer! Admittedly I’ve not had a great amount of porters and I’m not a huge fan of coffee beers, but this is a pretty damn good one, and very dangerous given the higher ABV. The coffee is well used and not overpowering, but adds great character to an already solid beer. Thanks a ton for this one Larry!
vyvvy (3876) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Spitzer’s in NYC. Pours very dark brown with a large thick tan head. The aroma has lots of rich dark chocolate and coffee malt. The malt is heavily roasted, just short of being char-like. The body is thick, smooth and velvety with light carbonation. The taste is very rich and smooth with lots of coffee, yet is not off putting to a non-coffee drinker such as myself. There is also copious amounts of dark chocolate. The finish adds some spicy hops and light char. I wish I would have had time to have more of this gem while I was in town. Thumbs up to this great porter.
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 1, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Larry for the "growler"! Poured deep brown with a short, creamy cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sweeter and roasty darker chocolates with a heavy dose of black patent malts.. a bit lighter brown sugar and molasses also came through.. warm and pleasant. The flavor found darker chocolates and coffee bitterness with sporadic accents of bright pine and herbal bitterness.. sticky herbs at the end.. this didn’t come together as I had hoped. Rather grainy on the palate with low-moderate carbonation.. sticky and sweeter on the back.. decent, but short of expectations.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 28, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL screwtop, courtesy of Ughsmash. Thanks, Jason! Pours a murky, dark chocolate color; very light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Basic coca, milk chocolate, and toastiness in the aroma; slightly bland; some cereal. Medium mouthfeel: basic cocoa, cereal, and wet grains upfront; some chalkiness and chocolate; basic, dry cereal. Medium finish: chocolate, cocoa, and a touch of coffee and dry cereal.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ Mugs, poured into a 12oz Blue Point glass from their cask fest... whats up with that? I do not think that Sixpoint made a fresh batch of this so I think this has just been stuck in distribution (or bar) since December. This is probably why I was not as impressed as everyone else by this beer, for my tastes Sixpoint is always best fresh. Either way this is as black as night. Aroma of prune-y, watered down coffee and dark malts. Taste those aspects and is a bit weaker. Kind of got a bit of a watery feel from the body. I would love to try this fresher (if they ever make it again, which I doubt).
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAR 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ The Ginger Man. Poured black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is of mild creamy coffee. Better than many this doesn’t have that stale grind smell. Mild choclate and a mild roast round out the aroma. Nice mix of coffee and sweet roasted malt make the flavor. Semi-dry finish with a nice bitterness. Medium almost silky body.