Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark amber almost black, love the smokey aroma. Woody, chocolate and roasted wheat flavors, the smoke does not overpower.
BennyBinion (8) - Canyon, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice deep dark brown with a light milk chocolate colored head. I love the smokey flavor with the subtle hints of chocolate.
CpyNPrnT (108) - Indiana, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoke is mildly present, malt is balanced averagely with the chocolate. Coffee is also present, not overwhelming though.
atomjack9 (10) - - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
smokey enough to satisfy my smoke craving. chocaletey with a hint of dark coffee, there’s a lightness in here somewhere, but I have a tough time placing it...perhaps deep caremely? maybe it’s in the malt? full bodied, also slightly nutty. I didn’t care for the "arrogant bastard" as much as the ratings on here would indicate, but I found this to be a very satisfying and complex brew.
EvanFriend (248) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2014 Coffee, nuts, and a very faint hint of smoke. Not your average porter, almost tastes more like a brown ale to me. Still good though.
coachd (11) - Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The smell is subdued; only a hint of the smokiness comes out in the aroma, followed by some coffee and chocolate, more of an alcohol scent than the ABV implies. The color is very dark brown, verging on black. Pours a thick brownish head that takes a while to go away. The taste is charcoal, salty bacon, but very light for the style. The mouthfeel is a little weak, but the carbonation is very light and like it is said of many mainstream beers, "it goes down easy". This beer would be great for a BBQ, or for anyone like myself who wants to drink dark beers, even in the summer. Great take on the style. Highly recommend.
Habanero (2007) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - FEB 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours deep brown with an average, lacing tan head. Aroma of slightly roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a hint of smoke. Sweet flavor that ends up dry with bitter notes. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carb. An excellent porter inndeed.
zacgillbanks (1736) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. This is a very dark brown beer with ruby red highlights. It has chocolate and red fruity flavours, a smoked/roasted body and a spicy red fruit, citrus, chocolate, oak and zesty and fruity finish. Excellent!
hockey9930 (64) - - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Dark red and barely translucent. Aroma of chocolate, metal, and a little smokey. Thick body. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, wood chips. Has a bit of a hop kick. Honestly, it doesn’t taste that smokey to me.
Dave_F (5) - - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice brown head that quickly fades. Subtle aroma of smoke and dark fruit.
Light body, nice subtle smokey flavor. Not overbearing. Finishes dry.
EdKing (1700) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Keg in CBC Islington. Opaque black, off white head.Nose is smoked meaty frankfurter sausage, roasted malt, flinty minerally. Taste is smoked, wood charred, charcoal bitter. Not getting much of the porter. Slight roasted malt, minerally, bit of a hop kick. It’s not in great condition to be honest and a lot of the flavours are masked.