Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ar: Dark chocolate and burnt caramel - some herbal hops and tangy spice.
Ap: Jet black and opaque - no head, but a slight ring of pale tan froth.
T: Sweet cocoa and nougat up front - dark bread crust and mossy hop flavor (and a medium-low bitterness) - some slight vanilla and booze notes, but they are more supportive than anything.
P: Medium-full body - very silky and lush - low carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Wonderful beer - very rich and complex - barrel notes add to the complexity without taking over and making this a one-note BA dark ale.
muzzlehatch (4769) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Un-Muzzling Olde Muzzlehatch Ratings, #59. On draught (I believe) at the late lamented Blue Nile in Minneapolis, August 2008. Dark but not quite black body with a lasting thin cap of light tan foam...spicy and very roasty "dark" nose, rye and a bit of vanilla and definitely a touch of booziness...very sweet on the tongue, one of the sweetest porters Iíve had actually, very rich and even "thick", roasty certainly but the sweetness and the light lactic sourness are what I remember. Uneven I guess but I do remember liking it quite a bit. Side note apropos of nothing: a terrific restaurant as I remember; Iíve been to three Ethiopian restaurants in my life, in three different cities (Minneapolis, Chicago, New York), and all of them have since closed. Coincidence, or do the Gods of African cuisine hate me? Sad.
asceticbrewer (69) - Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz to tulip. Pours black, with a thin coffee colored head. Aroma is dry, oak barrels, chocolate, and roasted grains. Taste is chocolate, whiskey, oak barrels, and rye spiciness. Thanks Tom!
Bulk_Carrier (3734) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you Matt for bringing this to me.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark brown color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within a minute. There was some light torturing stringy lacing roaming around the glass.
The smell had a boozy sort of tight knit chocolate and a slightly bready sort of crustiness.
The taste was mainly the chocolate first with a strong sweet roastiness invading my taste buds.
On the palate, this one sat right about a medium on the body with a pretty good thick chewy roastiness invading my tongue and mouth.
Overall, so glad to have finally tried a Tyranena beer, its about time (hot damn). Would I have this again? Oh yeah, sure would.
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nice black with tan head. Whiskey, wood, coffee, and some roasted malt notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice whiskey note.
BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle as an extra from Homer321. Big thanks! Pours pitch black with essentially no head at all. Dense as can be. Aroma of big roast, smoke, oak, rye whiskey, spicy grain, chocolate, anise. Very nice. The flavor is very chocolatey roast, spicy rye, whiskey and oak barrel notes, sweet lingering milk chocolate on the palate. Medium plus bodied with light pleasant carbonation. An interesting brew that was not on my radar but am very happy to have the chance to try. A nice way to cap off the night.
Homer321 (4208) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to snifter. Pours almost flat with a head that slowly and slowly grows to be very large, tightly compressed with fine bubbles. Aroma is boozy with some chocolate and bead crust. First sip is all foam from the head. Taste is a huge chocolate bomb, ranging from dark bitter chocolate to milk chocolate. Thick, chewy, and viscous with some subtle barrel character. A little bit of late palate warming and it gets to your chest, but all smooth and not hot. Pretty tasty.
Gription79 (2829) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. The aroma is cocoa, soft Ashton note, roasted malts. The flavor is slightly sour/acidic, coffee, roasted malts, soft vanilla, woody. Not bad a bit malty.
popery (1994) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a medium-sized blanket of light brown foam. Good head retention. Lots of fine bubbles cling together in clumps as I work my way through the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolatey malt with a healthy dose of rye spice and some nice though mild barrel characteristics. Iím also getting some coffee, blackberries, dates and blueberries. The barrel-aging contributes a sweet, vanilla rye flavor. Itís very toned down, which I generally like. Taste-wise, itís sweet and rich. Lots of fruit and chocolate. More rye spice. Light oak with that pleasant vanilla-forward spirit flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly thick. Another solid beer from Tyranena, though I still prefer Devil Made Me Do It by a bit.
Ataraxia (492) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 25, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very dark brown, almost black, and almost nonexistent beige lacing. Somewhat subdued aroma of rye, earthy malts, cherries, wood, and hints of chocolate. Thin sweetness with a little metallic undertone. Spicy carbonation, medium-bodied, and an abrupt finish.
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a fast-dying tan head. Aroma of oak, vanilla, roasted malt, pit fruits, alcohol, cherries, milk, peat and tons of cognac and brandy - very strong nose and nice! Medium-bodied; Slightly watery feel at first with a good deal of flavours ranging from cherries to oak and back to earthy matls. Aftertaste is a bit underwhelming showing vanilla, anise, pepper, cherries and scotch. Overall, a nice and complex smelling beer, but the flavours never reach a maximum with some nice tastes, but fairly thin and not well developed. Great to try, but there are better beers out there in this style! I sampled this stubby twelve ounce bottle purchased from Discount Liqour in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 05-September-2012 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 21-November-2013, aging the beer for a bit over 13 months.