jcwattsrugger (12136) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@dmacs-growler-thanks to dmac–pours a dissipating light brown head and black color. Aroma is roasty/chocolate-dark malt, oak, some acidic hops. As it warms, vinuous. Taste is red wine/vinuous, oak, roasty-dark malt.
daknole (10847) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour, beige head. Aroma is nutty, caramel, chocolate. Flavor is barrel heavy(what kind of barrel tho?), nuts, toffee, ripe fruit and some chocolate too. Unique as hell.
hopscotch (10563) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler… Pours tar black with a small, creamy, beige head. Surprisingly, I’m picking up no dark chocolate, tobacco, charcoal or espresso, but I do detect some very nice toasted cashew and buttery toffee with a vinous sideshow. Goes to show you can’t always judge a book by its color. Medium to full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel and ticklish carbonation. Flavor-wise, it’s well-bittered and I’m picking up deeply roasted coffee, medium sherry and dark chocolate. Finishes moderately bitter and dry.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with off white tan head that dissipates. This brew is night and day cold versus warm, so make sure you warm this up. When properly warmed, the aroma is full of chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes. Taste is great, with the port coming through in the beginning leading into nice smooth chocolate, coffee, and molasses that goes into a slightly smoky and dark fruit finish.
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Poured inky black with a nice dark tan head. The aroma picked up burnt chocolate, star anise, and Port wine with undertones of oxidation and peppery alcohol.. some off-putting metallic stuff on the back of the nose.. OK. The flavor opened a little tart and metallic, and stayed there through the mouth.. heavily-roasted dark chocolate, licorice, and vinous notes at the core.. dark fruit skins and winey tartness extended outward, in a very good way.. finished with tart vinous notes, black pepper, and dry roast.. this grew on me. Medium-bodied with the expected low carbonation on the palate.. grainy and tart at times, but it held its balance.. solid stuff, with a giant Port impression.
Beerman6686 (6244) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a tiny beige head. Aroma was lots and lots of vienous port notes, some grape skins, and lots of chocolate, I believe from both the porter and the port. Flavor is deep dark chocolate clashing with lightly sourish vineous wine character. Definitely not something I would want a lot of, but for sure interesting and unique.
JK (5650) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Winterfest ’11. Strong port aroma before the glass is even at my nose. More port in the flavor along with red wine, malt. There is a light sourness, and a dry, grape skin finish.
dmac (5467) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler thanks to DalzAle. Poured a deep dark black body with an average sized frothy beige head, really impressive for a growler shipped from 1,200 miles away and sat in a fridge for a few weeks. Aroma was woody, with something that walked the line between wine and bourbon, slight bandaid and vanilla. The flavor had hints of rubber, light chocolate, wine, wet wood, mud and charcoal. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a hint of warmth. Good but was hoping for great from a BA Town Hall.
cheap (5251) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2011 Had this at the RB Pgh tasting at lithy’s place 5/21/11. Big thanks to Dan beerman6686 for this growler. Pour isbig and black. Volatile aroma with a hint of vanilla olfactory. Alarmingly high alky first taste impressions, way to much for my girlie lager lovin taste buds. Comes across much more than the 8% listed here. Big thick dark alky bitter chocolate flavors. Some co2 but what exists is covered by the bold flavor profiles. Oily & mouth coating, reminds me of old shovelhead 60W. Borders on impy stout territory fer sure. Boldly on style. Thanks Dan for ruining my taste buds.
badgerben (4849) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Minnesota Winterfest 2011. Black color with no head. Strong port and grape aroma. Strong, rich malt flavor If there was any roasty bitterness in the underlying beer, it is covered up by strong port, winey and fruit character. Lovely.