BeerandBlues2 (9068) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark mahagony, near black, with a small foamy tan/brown head, very thick motor oil-like staining viscous liquid. Aroma is dark and heavy roasted coffee and toffee malt (cookie, biscuit), yeast (dough), perfumey alcohol and fragrant floral hops. Dark and sweet fruity (raisin, prune) malt, sour yeast flavor, dark chocolate and roasted coffee, perfumey hops and alcohol round out the experience. Full and dark bodied, smooth and yet dry palate.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Turdferguson. Pours a rich deep black with almost no light getting through and a nice thin but lasting beige/orange head and great lacing. Aroma is roasted barley upfront with a dry acrid character, some coffee, and burnt notes, Fruity esters are also prevalent, along with dark chocolate, nuts, smoke and tobacco. Flavor is very rich, full and complex- roasted malts, chocolate and deep sharp crystal, dried fruits, raisins, hoppy and dry roast bitterness in the end along with a dry woodsy tobacco leaf. Full body, coats the mouth well, and finishes off dry and bitter. Pretty damn good. Thanks again Sam!
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Beer is motor oil dark, opaque brown with a tiny, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is straightforward but luxe. Malty with moderate-to-heavy notes of almost-smokey roasted grain, moderate molasses, chocolate, trace shortbread cookie; Yeasty with a light note of dank basement, trace note of clean, sweet dough; Trace raisin.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, moderately-to-heavily bitter, lightly acidic with a short, moderately bittersweet, trace warm finish. Alcohol tucked away nicely.<P>
The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of ross. Black pour with a small, quick fading tan head. Lots of chocolate and coffee aroma, hints of sherry and molasses. Strong coffee flavor with notes of coffee and molasses. Lasting cocca aftertaste with a hint of smoke lingering on the palate. Medium-thin body and soft carbonation.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of oldgrowth. Much better upon warming. Didnít like it initially. Mild alcohol w/ chewy chocolate sweetness. Good beer.
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2006
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Thanks goes out to Immy for this outstanding brew. Poured from a 12oz bottle black with a small brown head that faded into a ring of lacing. Aroma was roasted malts, raisins, a bit of smokiness and a bitter chocolate. Flavor was roasted malt and the chocolate was a semi-sweet chocolate. The body was smooth and creamy. It finished dry on the tounge.
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from trade with kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours a rich dark brown color with a thin off white head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate and molasses. Has an almost stout llike body but slighly thinner. Nicely balanced complex taste that lingers. Has a bit of fruity sweetness to it initially but it finishes dry with a mild bitterness. A very well rounded, satisfying brew!
zathrus13 (1691) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to OldGrowth for this bottle. Pours black, with a light brown head. Aromas are roasted malt, dark fruit, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, wine, coffee, and a touch of vanilla. Body is nice and creamy. Really a wonderfun porter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 Bottle from original release sampled on 4/6/08: This oneís been in the cellar for about a year and a half. The aroma is quite nice, rich and loaded with dark caramel and chocolate. The body seems to thin out a little bit toward the finish and has a hint of light fruity tartness. Otherwise finishes bittersweet and lightly roasted.
Fall 2007 release sampled on 12/29/07: Similar appearance as the previous year, but the aroma is quite vinous and tart. Body follows suit with some mild sweetness, but the unintended? sourness seems out of place and is a big turn off for me. Iím hoping I just got a bad bottle of this, but I ended up dumping most of it. *This infected batch is not incorporated into my numerical rating for this beer, despite having multiple samples of it.
Original release bottle rated on 10/17/06 thanks to OldGrowth (8,4,8,4,16): Pours a fairly viscous opaque with a thin covering of dark tan head. Slightly vinous, complex dark chocolatey malty and sugar plum aroma has some metallic notes that seem to fade as it warms. Starts sweet and caramely malty wilth some lactose and brown sugar along with some raisins and dough. Finishes earthy and bittersweet with some smooth dark chocolate. Has plenty of carbonation, but thins some toward the finish. The yeast strain isnít quite as authentic, but the beer is still pretty true to style.
decaturstevo (4664) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle pre Knoxville Brewers Jam reception. An almost black pour. A nice chocoffee aroma with nice malt. A sharp espresso like flavor, semi sweet. Excellent full mouth feel and texture. An excellent growing bitter on the finish. Slightly warm. Excellent.