thorongil2 (1492) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aromas of molasses, roast; balanced flavour with a long light bitter finish
BrewHaMeister (227) - - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle pours dark brown with a slight red hue, thick brown head and little lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and hops. Slightly bitter flavor. Delicious!
deekyn (1324) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - pours a dark rich brown with 1 finger tan head that leaves a light ring. S - i dont really get the christmas in the smell. Aroma is almost all hops, soap, floral, bitter citrus and resin. some dark malts, candied dates, cigarettes, coal and toasted malts. M - medium body with sharp carb. water mf with a dry bitter end. hoppy. T - this is a dark dipa? soapy and resiny hops come on first. some bitter citrus, dried grasses. The chocolate and doughy malts are muddled in there with the hops somewhere Iím sure of it. Toasted malts, bitter grasses and resin end this. O - not what I was expecting at all. whereís the xmas angle? wheres the this is not an IPA angle? The bitter citrusy hops fight with the porter.
Fritz123 (1268) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from a recent trade. Small snifters at Peter and Gailís house. Pours a very dark brown, black with a slight off-white head. The aroma is complex with chocolate, vanilla, spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, roasted malts, Brazil nuts, wood barrel and peat. The taste was a little less complicated. Solid dark chocolate, spices, peat, light coffee, and dark fruits. Medium body, some carbonation. Finish was spices and peat. Good, not my fav however.
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub, served in an English pint. Pours hazy chestnut with a moderate creamy tan head that fades slowly to a thin cover. The nose has big chocolate and roast malts, along with prominent hops, brown sugar and a touch of coffee. The flavour is balanced between slightly dry malts with dark chocolate on the one hand and roasted malts, coffee and earth on the other. The finish is long and roasty with lingering chocolate and complex hops. On the palate it is medium-full in body with a milky texture an average carbonation. Overall a very nice chocolate porter with impressive American hops. 2013-12-29
Salmoniform (1193) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark black with off white head. Aroma is coffee, pine, caramel, figs, roasted malt, citrus. Mouthfeel is great with a medium light body and average carbonation. Taste is sweet initially with a bitter & astringent following and a dry finish. Overall this is a complex brew that marries a Porter with an IPA. Very well done.
parkerj (14) - - JAN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I thought that the citrusy hops clashed with the roasty porter characteristics. iím disappointed; iíve loved a lot of hoppy porters, but apparently not this one
bytemesis (4101) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2014 Bottle (2012), with thanks to Drew. Pours a deep ruby black with a medium brown head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is roasty, cigarettes, chocolate, rich. Flavor is the same, lightly sweet, roasty, coffee, chocolate, touch of ashes, medium bitterness. Full bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Things really come together nicely in this beer. Not getting much individual character from whatever "strange" hops were used due to the age, but what this has become is downright awesome. Definitely one of my favorite imperial porters.
tdmuel (251) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours nearly pitch black with a little light on the edges and a fluffy brown head. Nice roasty malt on the aroma, milk chocolate, caramel, nice floral hops, and something I assume is the mexican sugar. Super toasty taste, toffee, strange brown sugar note, caramel, and a nice citrusy hop finish. Not bad, the sugar adds a really strange taste. The strong hop character is really well balanced.
Wesman (23) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 22oz bottle, poured very dark brown medium head. Smell malty, slight chocolate with some hops. Taste some chocolate, licorice, hops slight vanilla. A very different type of porter but in a good way. Liked it a lot.