bb (8269) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Blackish beer with a thin beige head. Malty aroma with some roast and chocolate. Roasty, big chocolate flavor. Smooth and velvety mouthfeel with a slightly fuller body. Lingering chocolate. Nice.
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of kiefdog. Pours deep brilliant ruby – garnet with assertive mocha head. The aroma is a mix of malty – roasty sweetness as well as nuttiness, chocolate covered malt balls and some burnt malts. Nice. The taste is full robust maltiness from fully dark roasted malts to burnt malts and then heading toward molasses and a thick layer of nuttiness. Wow, good stuff.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at a Blue Palms Brown Bag blind tasting. Pours with a deep brown body and a small, off-white head. Aroma of roast, some dark fruits, chocolate, molasses, toffee and light earthy hops. Taste is roast, dark fruits, dried fruits and a bit of earthiness. Decent amount of coffee. Feels decently big. Medium carbonation.
blipp (7898) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Light roasty aroma with some fruity and caramel sweetness. The flavor has roasted malt up front, coffee, chocolate, and a light wisp of smoke on the back end. Tasty and drinkable.
tderoeck (7806) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
15/II/16 - 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle shared @ Struise Schooltje - BB: n/a, born V/6/15 (2016-160) Thanks to Tim DB for picking me up this bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, creamy beige head, pretty stable, non adhesive. Aroma: bit herbal, grassy touch, minty (according to the Urbs ;-), sweet touch, caramel, soft roast, pretty malty. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet malty start, bit oxidized, soft roast, pretty hoppy, bit herbal. Aftertaste: bitter hops, minty, more herbs, dry finish, slightly sweet.
Svesse (7700) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Man in the Moon, Stockholm, 1 Feb 2016) Black colour with frothy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with chocolate, coffee and blueberries. Malty, roasted taste with notes of dark chocolate, cacao, coffee, blueberries and a generous cacao bitterness in the finish. More than medium body, with a touch of sweetness. Tasty and very well balanced porter. Very nice.
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Poured deep brown with a spotty tan head.. short-lived, but easily-resuscitated. The aroma picked up coffee, molasses, and dark chocolates with notes of vanilla, toasted sourdough, and earthy hoppage around.. sweet kick with a fine hop balance. The flavor found molasses, coffee, and dark chocolate sweetness at the core (moderate + roast to it).. earth and coffee bitterness surrounded.. picked up a touch of rummy sweetness on the finish. Medium-plus bodied and a tad grainy on the palate.. warm with a fine hop balance against the malts.. I thought this was really well done!
after4ever (7411) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at sb. Pours black with a dense and creamy tan head. Loose stringy lace. Mild roasty dark chocolate nose. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Roasty dark chocolate mid palate with a long dark chocolate finish.
jredmond (7241) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample and full bottle enjoyed on the lawn at NY Brew Fest with Andrew, Pat, PJ, and Feng Daddy. Pours a deep blackish -brown, with a frothy light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, roast, malts, and oat while the finish showcases a slightly hoppy backbone. Body is on the full side for a porter. One of the best beers at the festival.
Ernest (7213) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2013 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is black.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain / coffee, chocolate, caramel), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), with notes of vanilla and blackberry.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Had this on draft back in ’07 and it’s nice to see that it’s still solid to this day. Nice aroma, balance, and mouthfeel. Doesn’t stand out in any way -- it certainly plays it safe -- but at the same time it doesn’t make any mistakes.