thornecb (5368) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep black into a snifter. Mocha micro head leaves lacing as it recedes. Deep espresso and chocolate aromas. Upfront crispness with a cream chocolate middle and a lasting coffee hop finish. Very nice.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (courtesy of NachlamSie). This looks remarkably like maple syrup when pouring, with a small brown head. The aroma is sweet and chocolatey with hints of vanilla and roasted barley. The flavor is much roastier than I was expecting, reminding me a bit of a stout. But there’s some dark chocolate, vanilla, and some noble hops to counter it. It mixes into a taste not unlike a cappuccino, but more bitter. The finish is woody and pleasant. I enjoy this beer.
skoisirius (1904) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 6, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle into an English Pint (thanks to acertain!!!). The Smuttyness pours a rich and silkly looking dark blackish color with an extremely thin amberish tan head that quickly retreats. The aroma brings out a hugely dark and robust roasted cocoay coffee (more on the cocoa side) nose. Amazing aroma!! The flavor is also very toasted bringing out a silky texture on the tongue at first with the tastes of roasted chocolate and malts. It progresses slowly into a more coffee hopped finish, where the roasted coffee lingers on the palate for a bit. Has a small lean towards a stout. A seriously solid porter. Would drink this over and over again!!
aracauna (3454) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one really hit the spot. Dark, dark brown with a respectable head. The aroma is rich cocoa maltiness and slightly overdone toast. The flavor is satisfying chocolatey with a nice hoppy finish. A touch of cappuccino in there as well. I really dug this one.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - SEP 3, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
via trade with Ty5592 - Pours a black color with a good size tan head. Lots of nice lacing as the head settles. Has a sweet chocolate, coffee aroma. Flavor is also chocolate and coffee. The bitterness really comes through. Has a thin palate, otherwise this beer would make a nice Imp stout. Leaves a roasted aftertaste. Thin to medium body. A very good beer. Thanks TY.
jefcon (1604) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark in the glass -- very porter-looking. Generous aromas of chocolate, malt and robust grains. Rich malt and very chocolaty without giving too much away. Medium body is a bit thin for the substantial flavors. Long finish is a nice reminder of the great beer you just sipped! (Didn’t get the alcohol or bitterness of other tasters.)
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unusual mineral taste, high carbonation, light body, mocha, cocoa, dry for porter. High carbonation porters even with a light body are a bit unsettling after even a small meal. Nice for the right moment though. Why is this ranked so high?
kheldar (9) - USA - AUG 14, 2006 does not count
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass. Tall tan head, nice lacing, and a strong roasted coffee aroma. Tastes similar—less potent than a stout and smoother mouthfeel, low bitterness, roasted and malty, almost like coffee, smoky. Pretty decent, couldn’t have many.
jordanartuso (26) - lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
i must say, this beer smells better than it tastes. pours black with small tan head that quickly disapeared. light carbonation. very roasted flavor, almost too much so. i think i would have liked this beer better if i enjoyed dark chocolate, because it’s very prominent in the taste. the finish is an unpleasant bitterness with a little alcohol bite.
fcmag82 (3) - Alabama, USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
sort of a promising nose...Riesen candy...coffee, dark chocolate...interesting flavors, bitterness that I can no longer call cocoa at this point and the finish is reminiscent of having chewed a pack of Marlboros