beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dense black with a smallish capping of sandy browned foam on top. Lace fills in the glass surface nicely with big gobby strings and things.
Morning nose of sweet roasted espresso-like coffee and oatmeal waffles; some black malt, burnt chocolate cookies, and a tiny bit of peppery spice. Very attractive nose to this one.
Taste is refined within a terrific draw of pale black malt sweetness, whole grain cereal, and a lot of chocolate enduced coffee roastedness right upfront; then spent milk rounds off with a creamy center, and a lovely little hop note spicing up the back end with leftover returns of coffee and chocolate. The bitterness is perfectly fitting within the roasted character all the way through, which makes this one heavenly yummy treat and a great drinker. Nice mix of chocolate and coffee parts.
Body is mediumish to full with an extended creamyness that plays well with what roasted and bitter notes tend to keep on sticking on the palate. Chocolate milk spikes with a nice rounded coffee really takes the whole thing and puts it together once its sat a while. Which isn’t long, cuz this stuff is a real treat to behold and drink down. Solid stuff by Tyranena. Nice to see they do something other then the yummy IPA’s they do.
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Ryan, thanks! Pours out a dark black color without much of a head at all. Smell is huge overwhelming coffee and chocolate. Some sweetness and oats as well. Taste is thick like an imperial stout and full of coffee and chocolate. A seriously good beer, very thick for a porter. Reminds me of a more coffee flavored oflabrikken. Awesome stuff here, thanks Ryan!
HogTownHarry (6376) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 17, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and biegaman, my bottle via trade with oakbluff. Pours deep red-brown, with a speckled brown head. Roast coffee, dark malt, minty hops, mild lactose - smoooooth. Taste is smooth, rich, nutty chocolate and coffee, milky, mild grainy hops - did I say smooth? Rich, thick, creamy, mildly astringent - great coffee liqueur taste. Yumm.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 14, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12oz Bottle. Purchased at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, WI. Pours a dark black, completely opaque color with a thin layer of creamy beige head. Some gentle swirling rejuvenates the creamy topping, but it dissipates more quickly than desired. Tons of coffee in the aroma, which imparts a borderline smoky, ashy character. A little bit of toasted oats and dark chocolate malt add a bit of enjoyable complexity, but the coffee mostly dominates. Medium bodied, creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Tons of coffee greets the palate, but it has a smooth flavor that doesn’t present any harsh, bitter, tannic, or burned flavors that often accompany coffee additions. Great silky texture. The coffee flavors give way to some creamy dark chocolates and an almost milky flavor. Long lasting finish of subtly smooth chocolate flavors. Tons of deep dark malts without any roasted or burned flavors; impressive. Not an overly complex porter, but very solid, well-constructed, and enjoyable overall.
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle drunk 4/24. Beautiful dark brown color. No head at all. Nice fresh roasted coffee aroma. The taste was of strong coffee. Smoooth with oily/creamy mouthful. Medium bodied. Very good brew.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Ughsmash. Pours brown with a tan head. Smells strongly of coffee beans and chocolate. Tastes like coffee with some sweet malt. Some peppery splashes are present on the finish. Decent for what it is.
Skyview (5696) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle from The Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, WI. Pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick tan head. Aroma has a lot of coffee, some vanilla, dark chocolate, and a touch of oatmeal. Taste is chocolate/barley malt with a strong espresso feel. Palate is slightly carbonated and a little metalic. Finish leaves a coffee aftertaste and then fades to vanilla. Those who like coffee in their beer will not be disappointed.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from Crosling. Rich murky black pour eschews a large fresh ground coffee bean aroma, sitting on a bed of vanilla and lavender incense. Silky and luxurious in the mouth, only as bitter as the best black coffees and similarly rewarding.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Thanks to Stine for sending me this one. Poured a thick black body with a huge head, debated giving this a 5. Heavy coffee aroma with some chocolate, malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Big chocolate taste, noticable coffee feel. Thick mouthfeel that was very smooth, very easy to drink. Good Porter.
oakbluff (437) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark pour- some hints of garnite when put to light. Chocolate milk head with good retention.
Smell- espresso and chocolate. Yum!
Taste- very coffee forward with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Roast is smoootthh. Gotta be the oatmeal! No cloying or sweetness which is much appreciated. Hops are present but more in the background. The porter is style works well with the coffee - nice change over a big stout. A beer with such strong coffee needs a solid malt base, and this has it. Great drinkability and tasty as all hell. Fastastic brew!