ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle via trade with The_Epeeist, thanks Chris. Pours a nearly black color with a tan colored head. Aroma os choclate, coffee, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, dried dark fruits. Palate si medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, finished bitter. Really nice, on par with Perkuno’s!
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2009 2008 bomber from pforei. thanks paul!
a viscous pour leads to an opaque nearly black shade of brown. it’s topped by a foam like marshmallow-y cocoa colored head that paints the glass as it retreats. aroma is faintly of coffee with a bunch of chocolate, black raisins and some ashy char. the palate is not even in the realm of sweet as far as baltics go... huge bonus. the flavor is rather port/ juicy red wine like with more black raisins and chocolate along with wood, roasty grain and a dry bittered finish. coffee pops up in the aftertaste. this leans on full bodied. very creamy texture and chewy mouth feel. simplistic and well crafted...
Slipstream (2217) - USA - MAY 19, 2008
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a bomber bottle at room temperature, which is definitely the way to sample dark beers. Big brown head on this ol’ bear. Another eccentric label drawing by Smuttynose. Strong alcohol in the nose, with some sharp hops and yeast also - maybe even a touch of mold? The flavor packs a wallop, and comes in somewhere between an imperial stout and an imperial porter. It is definitely the most potent thing I have tasted out of Portsmouth - coffee, roast grains, a touch of figs and dates, and a little whiskey too. There is a strong finish, with sweetness followed by cooling hops. This brew will grab you by the collar and make you holler - and you’ll enjoy it too!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium to large mocha head. Aroma is dark roasts, espresso, vanilla, milk. Taste is about the same. A very good and creamy porter with a great mouthfeel!
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to my brother for this!!! Pours a deep rich brown color with light brown head. Aroma is very fruity with dark fruit like plum and raisin as well as light anise notes becoming apparent. Taste is light chocolate, dark fruit, and caramel malt. Alcohol is well hidden and the beer finishes smooth and creamy. Good stuff.
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thick black with a dense head on the pour. Big sweetness, raisins, brick roast, that sort of stuff in the aroma in the aroma. Huge body, tons of sweet, lots of coal. Like a bad child on christmas. Quite a tasty brew.
argo0 (12038) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 11, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(22oz bottle, vintage 2008) Large brown head atop solid black body. Aroma is medium sweet, espresso, chocolate, cream. Taste is moderately sweet, rich, chococoffee, some plum, caramel, faint smoke. Some alcohol warming. Smooth, full body with a lovely creaminess and some syrupiness. What a great beer!
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy Degarth. Pours black with a one finger tan head that fades leaving some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste is the same as aroma with a hint of caramel. Medium full mouthfeel with a mild to moderate amount of bitterness with warm but never hot alcohol. Very good.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black in color with full brown head. Aroma sweet, dark chocolate and coffee. Taste dark chocolate and roasted coffee with dark chocolate bitter finish.
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz. Looks great - dark brown, opaque, pour with a dense tan head. Robust coffee and cocoa aroma, smells like it’s going to be tannic. Bitter almonds and dark rummy type fruit. Prevalent hop component also with alcohol. Big flavor - immediately a bit too sweet for me, but very nice. Lingering bitter finish. Licorice jelly bean like flavor. Chocolate in there too. Massively fruity - plums, dates. Big bodied. Nicely brewed.