kujo9 (1092) - 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 Iíve not had a great amount of porters and Iím 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 (3553) - 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 Spitzerís 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 (6969) - 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 didnít 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 (3204) - 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 (2258) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, 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 doesnít 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.
adrian910ss (2274) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Spitzerís Corner. Pours a dark brown cola with a medium beige head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and coffee. Taste is very much like the aroma- roasted malty with hints of chocolate and coffee. Very nice.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
EBF 08. Pours a Deep dark woody brown with a tan head and shiny gold highlights- nice lace. Aroma is intense with fresh roasted coffee, but also seems to have some green coffee hints- herbal and grassy with a nutty smokiness. Chocolate, coffee and light nutty sweetness in the flavor- a dark chocolate bitterness and a drying aftertaste in the end. Mouthfeel seemeed to dry out in the end and not much aftertaste. Good though.
NJBeerman013 (1042) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Gingerman. Great porter. Midnight dark with a tan head. The aroma is like a fresh cup of morning coffee. The flavor is a bit fruity with a big coffee taste. Very good.
jcr (2112) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Draft at Ginger Man, NYC. I was impressed with this porter. Appealing pour with a light brown head and dark brown body. The heavy aroma has lots of coffee and sweet chocolate in it. Roasted malts and smoke fill out the profile. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Moderate acidity, too. The medium body had a watery texture and average carbonation. Dry finish with a slightly metallic aftertaste. Very enjoyable.