Headbanger (3491) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle-Pours dark brown almost black with a nice two finger tan head. An aroma of coffee, oatmeal and slight bourbon. Taste is of coffee, chocolate, and burnt malt. This full bodied brew is very well balanced. Another great brew from Tyranena. A kick ASS porter.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAY 12, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Degarth. Pours dark dark brown with thin tan head. The aroma has lots of roasted coffee bean notes and faint burnt malts and not much else. It has lots of coffee in the nose but not overpowering. The taste is coffee and roastiness mixed with tasty burnt malts. I also get some mild rich chocolate malts in the background along with some malt sweetness. Really nice tasting brew.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Blackest black...roasty brown head.
Fantastic aromatics, huge roasty lively rich and fresh coffee aroma...wow! Wow! For 6 am, this is an ideal beer! and then there’s the whiff of the whiskey, lingering below. Earthy and alive...amazing.
Drinking it...Chocolate pops up, and the smooth, silky oatmeal feel...coffee comes back, and then comes the sweet bourbon. Good Lord, it’s decadent! Sweet, slick, rich, bittersweet, a mystical elixir.
Jumps up and sips sweet succor into the mouth again and again, flavors joust and jockey for their place in the senses.
This is one of those rare beers that puts everything I like in one place. It sets me up just to knock me down. I’m gonna have to stock up on this one!
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 12, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good porter. Wow. You think you are going to drink black coffee from the aroma. Also aroma of roasted malt. Coffee, chocolate taste with a very slight bourbon edge. Black pour with minimal head.
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a thin film of dark brown head. Coffee bean, dark chocolate aroma. Coffee predominates the flavor. Baker’s chocolate, tinges of vanilla. Slight boozey chracter. Coffee persists in the finish, slight ashen mouthcoat. Mouthfeel is heavy, somewhat slick.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 9, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with a thin tan head. The aroma is of ashy roasted coffee with some vanilla underneath. Coffee, ash and light bourbon. The ash for me was too dominant in the aroma and flavor. It is something that makes or breaks a coffee beer for me. Medium smooth mouthfeel.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2008 thanks to cmubeerman for this bottle. hell of a beer. pours magnificent black head with a beautiful musty microscopic bubbled head. smell is aromatic chocolate and coffee. seriously, pure mocha coffee grounds. taste is a tiny bit metallic at first, perhaps alcoholic, but brilliantly creamy, balanced, super chocolatey, mild roast bitterness, very restrained bourbon, plenty of vanilla. probably could be a tad sweeter for me is the only change. pretty excellent body, just a personal preference for me is to have it a slight bit thicker. brilliant. rerate: reconfirming the score, not changing anything.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 9, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Quite simply a delicious yet still very drinkable beer. Tons of coffee notes with a very pleasant chocolatey sweetness and some creaminess. Not at all challenging to drink. All the chocolate taste reminded me a bit of the best glass of chocolate milk I ever had. Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I expected (although not inappropriately), so make that milk 1%-2% (not whole). A dark brown/black with a minimal head. A real treat you should seek out.
Had this on-tap at Sugar Maple.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash, thanks Jason: Pours a dark brown with a light tan head. Aroma, roasted notes, coffee, chocolate, some faint bourbon, and some vanilla. Flavor, lots of coffee, some light bourbon, oak and vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted bitterness, awesome stuff.
desurfer (1245) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque ruby with little head. Oaky bourbon aroma. Flavor is moderately hoppy with a smoky character and some whiskey notes. Dry, smooth finish. Good stuff.