wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours dark brown with a tan head. fantastic aroma. rich mocha with some vanilla and cherry. beautifully balanced flavor. bittersweet mocha and hops. medium body. finish smooth bittersweet slightly acidic mocha. fantastic drinkable porter. everything a porter should be. this might just be a new favorite.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2006
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2006 12 Oz Bottle. Aroma is unique, with flowering bouquets of heavily roasted caramel, expertly blending with Lindt Hazlenut chocolate and a shot of Kahlua. A delicate sea breeze salt and great roasted character. Deep black pool of liquid, with a rosy glint of North Carolina star sapphire, topped with a frothy swirling tempest of tan Stellwagen sea foam. Flavor continues along the lines of the aroma, but is a major dissapointment. The rich creamy malts soon fade into a watered down love. An alacrity of sewage pond vapors and angry bees cacophonates a incestuous steam train of weak coffee grounds, drippings from a melted Hershey bar, and a Margarita glass edged in Kosher salt. The oaky hull of a sloop fades into the distance of this beer, with biting cinnamon and lacksidasical roasted beet sugars. Palate maintains oak dryness. A slow let down.
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, if you like porters, this is a fine example. Poured the dark brown to black color with some mahoganey edges. Two finger head and pretty good lacing. The aroma was mostly roasted coffee. This wasn’t that complex and I didn’t pick up on all the nuances that some others have: pretty much roasted (not smoked) coffee was the feature, and there were some citrus hops in the somewhat bitter finish (but certainly not assertive). Mouthfeel was moderate to heavy within style and somewhat carbonated.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Superbly chocolately and rich porter. On tap at Hop Devil in NYC. Clean roasty nose with a slight bitter edge. The bitterness works well in the flavor to complement the smooth chocolate. A wonderful porter.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a bottled/freshness date along the left side of label.
Made a good appearance, poured a thickish dark brown with foamy tan head that settled into a thin lacing, small amount of ringed sticking, moderate carbonation.
Had a delicious roasted malty nose, chocolate, caramel and hints of coffee and dark fruits.
A crisp, slick and creamy smooth medium bodied mouth feel, good drinkability.
Roasted fresh dark coffee with a dose of sweeten chocolate, a burnt malt bitterness, followed by lightening fruitiness and a dry roasted malty finish.
A great tasting porter, highly quaffable, well worth trying.
Kevin (2192) - New Mexico, USA - MAY 25, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Popped this bottle that I received from ilinismitty while cooking lasagna and listening to a song that reminds me of a woman from my past. This poured black with a thick coffee with cream head. Wonderful rich mocha and grass hop nose. A nice vanilla cream note to the aroma, I really like this aroma, some nuttiness mixes with the spicy hop I keep going back to coffee when I stick my nose in the glass, but it is not due to a roast note, although there is a bit of that, it is just that kind of rich sweetness that a chocolate coffee drink has, or one with a nice dose of Irish cream or somesuch. Thick cocoa biscuit flavor. Then a wet coffee ground flavor and a mocha finish. Christwagons, this is good. Nice finish of hops, grass mainly, but a bit of herbal flavor too that accents the cocoa and chocolate with a fine touch. Thanks for this bottle Sean, I will get more. As for the food in the oven, it smells fine, and the woman is still living back beyond a bridge I burned to the ground. The future looks better with beer this good.
Ap-5 ar-8 tas-8 pal-5 ov-18
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The color of dark chocolate with the smell of fresh coffee. The body was smooth and firm with the taste of freshly roasted coffee and chocolate. Creamy aftertaste. Highly recommended.
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 (6375) - 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.