charule (1556) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Southern Tier. Poured dark brown with tannish head. Smokey aroma. Smooth smokey nut taste, light on the plum. Enjoyed.
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopjacks. Pours a cloudy brown with small beige head that lasts. The aroma is dark fruit, plum, chocolate, grain. Thin mouth, strong caramel, plum skin, toasted malt, hides alcohol well, very good.
jamaty (1155) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 4, 2015
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cerveza mezclada con ciruelas. Color de chocolate, casi negra. Apenas un dedo de espuma beige. Aroma moderadamente frutal, notándose más chocolate y malta tostada. Lo prolonga en boca donde aparece también café, bastante caramelo y algo y de tono ahumado, perdiendo el escaso tono frutal. La fruta debe actuar más como moderador y dulcificador, compensando el fuerte alcohol hasta hacerlo poco perceptible. En conjunto resulta muy sabrosa e interesante, a caballo entre porter y stout. Excelente con postres.
WABeerFiend (321) - - APR 25, 2015
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled 05.02.13. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 02.20.15.
A: Cocoa, powdery chalk, and prunes.
A: 1 finger light tan head that recedes to spots of fluff.
T: Woodiness and dark berry dominate.
P: Very thin and watery even for a porter.
O: This was underwhelming. There was no flavor here. Maybe it was too old, but it should have held up at 8.0% ABV. It wasn’t undrinkable, but it wasn’t worth drinking.
arminjewell (8582) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour on tap at All Pints North, dark reddish brown pour with white head, aroma brought notes of big dark fruit, toffee, caramel into a bit of yeast, touch of coffee into a bit of earth, spice. Taste was a mix of spice, earth, big dark fruit, toffee into some coffee, cocoa, slight yeast, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.
katrinaez (535) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2015
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
My notes show it is lighter than expected but I enjoyed the flavors. Good color and had in the bottle
DavoleBomb (1522) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a snifter.
3.0 A: Black color. One and a half fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is a tad below average and no lacing is left.
4.25 S: This smells pretty damn great. The plums work so well in this. Soft, but potent roastiness. Chocolate up front with caramel undertones. Plum fruitiness foremost then black currant and grape. It’s not overly complex, but what is there fits together so well.
3.75 T: Taste is very good, but it can’t compete with the beauty that is the nose. Same flavors overall. Supple roastiness, chocolate and caramel, plum, currant, grape, and a peppery spiciness.
3.25 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. This is missing creaminess. With it, this would fit just perfectly.
3.5 D: Tasty brew with a great nose. Pick this up if you find it.
DavoleBomb, Jun 04, 2013
johnnymusky (540) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Monday beer tastings...thx dusty...taste and mouth as advertised...solid tasty beer...
fiulijn (16395) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Haggen’s Grocery, Burlington; bottled 05/02/13, 1½ years old
Black color with thin persistent beige layer. Delicate notes or roasted malts and cream. The body is drier and thinner than expected; dark flavors, roasted malt, burnt caramel, a hint of coffee, and a light sourness that could be from the fruit.
Smooth but not impressive.
Beardaxe (293) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bomber into snifter. Pours a thin black with moderate head. Pretty muted aroma with a bit of roastiness and some sweet herbalness. Taste is fairly gentle, with a background roast, complementary hops and a soft fruity sweetness. The fruity sweetness doesn't come across as plums but it's still lighter than the dark fruits you generally encounter in dark beers. In fact, this whole beer feels a bit light. It could be seen as a weakness depending on your expectations/desires, but I think it works well. Easy drinking and smooth.
gramity (1530) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark mohogany pour with a thick light brown head. Aroma is fruity, chocolate. Taste is creamy, chocolate malt, fruit, dry, little bisquit. Not much plum flavor. Roasted malt aftertaste.