Handypaul (422) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown with a creamy beige lasting head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of coffee. Lightly bitter, medium sweet, average carbo, flavors of coffee, alcohol and medium roasted malt, light to medium body and a lightly sweet finish leading to bitterness in the far finish.
MelvinKalksma (868) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - NOV 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very soft aroma of roasted malts and coffee.
Pitch black beer with a small light-brown head.
Starts sweet and carbonated, then gets slightly bitter with roasted malts.
nimbleprop (7349) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 16, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle pours a deep black with some creamy, off white head. Nose has a comforting note of coffee grounds, some brown sugar, molasses. Flavor has some nutty coffee, chocolate covered berries, molasses, malt, a little soil. Big coffee finish. Very nice.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and opaque in the glass with a two finger tan head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Very good retention with rings and streaks of soapy lacing left behind.
Robust aroma with a nice balance of roasted dark malt and earthy, resinous hops. Slightly smokey with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, espresso bean and dark chocolate countered by sweeter malt notes and dank grassy, piny hops. Iím really surprised how well balanced the nose is with a very inviting floral hop bouquet. I wish that more black IPAs/Cascadian dark ales smelled like this.
Full bodied with an earthy, resinous hop bite up front that provides some dry bitterness that lingers over the complex malt bill into a dry finish. Dry and sticky with grassy pine, dank buds and spruce tip but the hop flavors arenít overpowering with plenty of roasted and sweet dark malts coming through. Subtle smoke character with hints of burnt toast, oatmeal, bittersweet dark chocolate and gourmet coffee with caramel and dessert-like chocolate cake sweetness balancing things out in the finish. I usually do not like darker beers, especially stouts and porters, to have any hop character but I really enjoyed those flavors in this beer. Great balance with interesting flavors bouncing off of each other and the ABV is excellently masked making this beer very easy to drink. This beer was a pleasant surprise and ill definitely be buying more bottles, especially at $6 a bomber.
Bulk_Carrier (3630) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - NOV 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger off white to tan head that held around for a good minute and a half before gently dissipating. Subtle sticky lacing slides into the beer.
The smell takes roasty coffee beans subtly blending with a light licorice/star anise sort of spicy sweetness.
The taste was mildly sweet with an adequate back up by the spice of the licorice/star anise. Mildly sweet to spicy licorice aftertaste runs into the finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a sly sessionable sweet creamy feel moves in a nice wet feel on my tongue, almost slick.
Overall, an American Porter with an almost slick sort of wet feel, hey, I like it. Feels great, Iíd have this again.
MarcoDL (3980) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma of creamy coffee, roasted malt and mocha. Flavor has creamy coffee, roast, mild caramel, mocha and a bitter finish with a little passion fruit. Good porter.
fugitive (1895) - Athens, GREECE - OCT 16, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ Local Pub, Athens. Color dark brown with small brown head. Aroma sweet, malt, roasted, coffee, chocolate, caramel. Taste sweet, chocolate, caramel, coffee.
Tsekouratos (591) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle from The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Pours a black body with a brown head. Aromas of chocolate, slight coffee, dark fruits. Balanced taste with chocolate, roasted malts, caramel, dark fruits. Medium body with low to medium carbonation.
JFGrind (1992) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong chocolate aroma, medium bodied Porter with coffee and roasted malts. Speakeasy makes a strong contender of a Porter. Even the Missus liked it. $5 bomber at Wegmans, great deal.
rouhlas (2675) - GREECE - OCT 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens. Dark brown almost black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, mocha, chocolate, caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma, milk chocolate and coffee. Light to medium oily body with soft carbonation.