Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Iím not mucha fan of this style in general, and although this is a better example of the "style," this doesnít change that. Another baseline porter, rich with some ashy chocolate, augmented by a little American hoppy kick. I donít love the blend, but again this one is among the better Iíve tried. (#5256, 9/18/2013)
ekstedt (5975) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2011. Black. Roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, with fresh and a bit rough citric & piney hops. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Dry with medium bitterness.
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz pour at Salty Pig in Boston. Pours a watery black with some creamy, off white head. Nose is malty, toast, caramel, light dried chocolate, hops, citrus rind, light pine. Taste is also a mix, malt, cracker, bread crust, caramel, molasses, pine, lemon, grapefruit. Dry finish.
czar (5676) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours very dark brown with a nice creamy beige head, good retention and lacing. cascadian chocolate, bit of sweetness and lactose, milk chocolate, bit of dark fruitiness, peppery, piney and citrusy. moderate carbonation, light to medium body - oily, short but assertive piney-citrusy finish. very nice black ipa.
radagast83 (5657) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Poured a dark brown, almost black with some light ruby notes on the edges of the glass. Aroma is a touch of caramel, a little bit of citrus grapefruit notes. Flavor was some roasted malts, with plenty of grapefruit character. pretty refreshing for the style.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ainít had a "new" Smuttynose for a while. Gonna have one now. This oneís got a dark mahogany body, nearly completely opaque, with a real skinny little light brown head. Lots of lace, nonetheless. In the aroma, the malt is bittersweet chocolate with some ash. The hops are mainy zesty. The ash is gone from the flavor and the zesty, earthy bitterness increases as I drink further. Nice, that bitterness. The finish is very dry and has a prolonged zesty bitterness. Not too shabby.
TheBeerGod (5568) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black pour with a tall, thick, frothy brown head. Aroma is strong roasted malt, citrus and pine with floral hops. Taste is roasted malt, dark coffee, pine, citrus notes, floral hops and hop resins. Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation and a strong lingering hop bitterness. Finishes with more strong roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, dark coffee, pine notes, citrus fruit and floral hops.
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at World of Beer Easton on 3/11/14. Clear dark brown in color with a medium tan head. Aroma of malt and chocolate along with piney and grassy hops. Flavor starts with piney hops, then moves to a bit of citrus before a chocolate malt finish.
solidfunk (5254) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Some hops, some roast. Pours cloudy dark brown with good head and lacing. Comes together pretty well. Finishes bitter and roasty. Well balanced. Some citrus as well. Tap at DC Beer festival.
EithCubes (5238) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Best By 08/04/14. Nose is nice and raw, heavily burnt with plenty of tar and deep roast, some ash, just the way I likes íem! Some mild grapefruit and citric hops, some Black Sun Stout comparables. Pours dark mahogany (no, not black) with a dense, rocky tan head. Taste medium-strongly bitter but more importantly extremely dry, with little bits of ash and tobacco and tar and mild chocolate and resin entering and leaving, but itís bone dry and nearly astringent all the way through the aftertaste. Piny, woody hops with faint citrus but still remain somewhat bright. Medium body but the intensity of roast makes it seem fuller. Clean and very well made, alcohol mostly concealed, and a great example of what attention to a unified plan can deliver, instead of kitchen-sinking piles of leftover ingredients.