egajdzis (4896) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an opaque brown color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, light smoke, pine, and floral hops. Taste of more smoke, chocolate, roast, dark fruits, raisins, and vanilla, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
Eyedrinkale (3214) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at BT. Great burnt malt aroma with rich, quality chocolate and tons of bitterness and a sturdy head. Flavors both hoppy and roasty with dry cocoa in the finish. I hope this beer finds its way into every beer lovers hands because it FUCKIN ROCKS!
RCL (2029) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black. Chocolate and coffee in the form of chocolate liqueur and espresso. A distinct licorice aspect dominates in the flavor as well. Quite good.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black, with what appears to be a hint of ruby. Huge thick, lasting dark khaki foam with nice lace. Tropical fruit mix with chocolate malt, hint of tar, dates, treacle, sweet espresso and light wintergreen. Aroma seems a bit green, but itís quite interesting. Big sweet toasted and roasted malt flavors. Hints of lactose. As in the nose an herbal hops component. Some peat and lightly earthy coffee as well. Slick and smooth in feel. Iím trying to think how it could improve in feel and I canít come up with anything. Finish is dry with some sweet licorice and tar. Linger gets sweeter with a return to some sticky malt and a touch of hops and bit of pine. Good stuff.
jefcon (1204) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark black. Aromas of chocolate, roast, woodsmoke, and dried fruit. Full mouthfeel with dominant coffee flavors. Very dry finish. Thereís an initial burst of plummy, vinuous fruit which is quickly overwhelmed by the coffee. I canít complain too much, but I would have liked less malts and more of the fruit. Still, an exceptional porter. One of my favorite styles.
JoeMcPhee (7621) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Rich unfiltered black beer. Thick dark brownish head. The aroma is quite authentic initially, sweet salty roasted barley, dark chocolate and a bittersweet toasted character. Behind the sweet/toasted malt character is a fairly distracting DMS-like cooked vegetable flavour. Otherwise, it is rich and chocolatey with a lot of bitter chocolate, salted roast and soft lean malts. Some coffeeish flavour on the back. Itís got some very good points about it, but there are also some serious flaws.
imadeadguy (378) - back in NJ!, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow! poured jet black with a nice tan frothy head. Notes of coffee,mocha,and roasted malt. Coats your mouth and is very drinkable. Much better then Victorys baltic imo.
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2008 Courtesy mgumby10. Pours pitch black, with a watery and slightly creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is roasted espresso and sweet chocolate. I like where this is going. Roasted malts, warming chocolate, and some slight alcohol. Surprisingly a bit thin-bodied. Like this one a lot.
Cobra (1096) - In a van, down by the river, Maryland, USA - FEB 17, 2008
1.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
22 oz. brown bomber. No freshness date seen. Slightly contaminated. Produced a gusher when opened. Poured (gushed more like it) out a deep chocolate brown, with a huge tan head. Over carbonated to the max.
Aromas are licorice & not much else. Burnt malts in the flavors. Not that good a beer. Maybe Iíll re-rate it when I can find an uncontaminated bottle.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy Dickinsonbeer. Thanks Paul! Pours black, with a creamy off white head. Smells of big roasty toasted malts, with a lighter chocolate influence. Smells pretty inviting. The flavor is much of th same, as the roasty malts and nuts make up most of its flavor characters. The chocolate was there for moral support. Very nicely balanced, great flavor. Had a touch of some coffee in there too. Another great offering from Smutty.