beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a leathery brown, settles nearly black, but is very deep and super dark brown with a thin tan head that fades fast, some intricate webby lacing sticks at first but then begins to disappear. Smell is nice and chocolatey, thick, full, lush, sweet, a bit roasty with a chocolate cake aroma thats very fresh and a pleasure to wiff in. Taste is somewhat subdued with mostly chocolate malts leading the way, good flavor that last for a time but is kinda mild til some roastyness settles across the palate with a duller sweetness and small dry hop bitterness and then drys out nicely later in the finish with a fluffy cocoa powder-like coating the mouth and cheeks. Feel is medium bodied, pretty solid from start to finish and a nice drying finish that really did the trick for me. A good porter, would enjoy again again if I could.
HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Poured pretty much opaque black with a large foamy-fluffy-creamy medium brown head. Really, really appealing aroma of almost equal parts deep roast coffee/cocoa malt and rich piney hops, with some leafy and yeasty notes as well. Pretty on-style porter taste, creamy bitter and milk chocolate, light coffee bean and nutshell roast malt, quite a bit of lightly acidic resiny hops and some yeast and spice tang as well - and no cola! Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly acidic and carbonated, quite complex and a solid porter body to boot. Really good bitter dark roast porter, on of the best I’ve had - I want more.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thick, creamy, tan head. The aroma is rich chocolate, molases with some dark fruits. The flavor is loaded with molases, chocolates, caramel, plums and coffee. Medium body with light acidity and a bitter finish. World class porter.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - APR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Damn this is pretty good...thanks slob. Pours a dark black amber witha pretty huge head. Aroma is monster coffee, chocolate, anise, dry red fruits, and burnt malt. Taste is huge...more like a stout. Fruity malt, alcohol, acidic coffee, bitter chocolate.,,dry hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is really heavy and pretty carbonated. This stuff is great.
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 25, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Glad i bought the whole sixxer of these instead of just one. Pours a dark brown with a hint of red. Nice soft foamy head with wonderful notes of fuits, nuts, and chocolate. Mostly domoinated by malt and hops though. Taste is fantastic. Nice roasted malt flavors with hints of coffee and chocolate. Nice clean hoppy finish.
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - APR 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(let this one warm up) dark, with medium tan head. aroma is powerfull, a very nicely balanced, floral hops and roasted malts. taste is certainly robust. roasted malts, toffee, mocha, bitter chocolate, and currant berrys. this was really good. packs a punch in the flavor and aroma department. definatly lives up to its name.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle. Nearly opaque ruby-brown with a thin film of dark brown head. Muted roastiness and a sweet chocolate aroma. Faint roast complements bittersweet chocolate flavors. Finish has residual chocolate and some astringent hoppiness. Mouthfeel is light medium, somewhat dry.
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 27, 2006 Bottle sampled beer night at my house with Stegosaurus. Pours dark colored. aroma of roast, caramel, and coffee. Flavor is smooth, roast, coffee.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - APR 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle (brewed 2/06) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) Pours thick and very, very dark brown. About 3 in. of tan head. Aroma actually pretty light: quite a bit of hops, some coffee, tiny bit of chocolate. Some spotty, weepy lacing. Has a rich, thick mouthfeel. Flavor is fairly dominated by the hops, but not the bittering hops, more of the aromatic hops contributing to the taste. This also gives it a grassiness which carries through the finish. Otherwise there is mostly bitter coffee. This seems like a quality beer in every aspect except somehow got overloaded with the wrong kind of hop contributing to an off-flavor.
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(03.26.06) Stout/porter sampling with Scott, Tony and Walt at DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. 12 oz brown bottle as gift from Thaichile. 5.7% ABV. Poured black with large long-lasting tan head. No discernable carbonation. Roasted malt in the nose. Medium bodied porter that starts with light malt sweetness and coffee/roasted malt flavors. Finishes dry with light roasted malt and bitterness fade. Flavorful and well-balanced, this is a very enjoyable porter that wins best of show in our six porter/stout sampling. Thanks Thaichile!