sturmthis (811) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Black color with beige head. Aroma isn’t overpowering, but of chocolate. Sweet chocolate taste that ends slightly bitter.
phaleslu (7186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from the Party Source. All this time in Ohio and I’m just now getting around to this one. Worst label ever? Pours a deep brownish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of leaves, chocolate, toast, nuts, brown sugar, and cardboard. Flavor of chocolate, nuts, toast, tobacco, earth, and grass. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a dry mouthfeel. Easy to drink but not memorable.
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, slight tan head, thin lacing. Aroma bready malt, toffee, milk chocolate, slight coffee and earthy hops. Taste roast malt, chocolate, toffee, slight bitter earthy hops and coffee. Mouthfeel medium, nice carbonation. Overall very tasty beer, well balanced, drinkable porter, fits style perfectly.
scotchzombie (397) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown to black with a light tan head that fades to a rim. Aroma is a bit sweet cocoa malt. Taste is roasted chocolate malts and toffee and quite sour. A bit thin and watery, but this is a pretty tasty and classic tasting malt.
b3shine (6219) - Indiana, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; cola with foamy light beige lacing. Smells of dark malt, dark chocolate, and roast. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Not bad.
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh bottle. Pours black, half-inch of tan head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Nice chocolate taste with some roasted malt background. Deep, rich and smooth. Not sessionable, but could easily drink a few of these.
superspak (3134) - Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy very dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roast/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, caramel, light coffee, herbal, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt flavors with light-moderate hop presence; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, smooth, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice porter. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and light-moderate hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
tillmac62 (356) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark pour with a very deep dark ruby cast. Nice head and a lacing that lasts well enough. Nose is sweet dark malt - caramel with a touch of chocolate. Almost medium bodied with normal carbonation. The flavor profile is nice and a bit complex. It begins with the dark malts delivering a caramel and coffee taste against a slightly sweet background, progresses to a slight roast bitterness and finishes cleanly with a carbonation burst with a hint of smoke. Quite nice!
MarkSachon (693) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
12 oz bottle. Plenty of coffee and coal flavors in a rich black hole of a brew. There is so much to like here you just have to call it perfect.
GRM (3204) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, with Louise and Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on September 27 2013; eye: ruby, clear, no effervescence, nice beige head that falls rapidly, light lacing; nose: roasted barley, chocolate, light dusty, light oxidation; mouth: roasted barley, chocolate, light dusty, light oxidation, light alcohol, finale in chocolate with presence of alcohol, medium-full body, average carbonation, lightly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: correct
Bouteille brune, 12 onces, avec Louise et Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 27 septembre 2013; œil : rubis, limpide, pas d’effervescence, bonne mousse beige qui tombe rapidement, légère dentelle; nez : orge torréfiée, chocolat, léger poussière, léger oxydation; bouche : orge torréfiée, chocolat, léger poussière, léger oxydation, léger alcool, finale en chocolat avec légère présence d’alcool, corps moyen-corsé, carbonatation moyenne, légèrement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : correct