thornecb (4828) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black into an English pint. Mocha head with excellent retention recedes leaving trailing sheets to coat surface. Cocoa and anise aromas. Thin with caramel and chocolate upfront turning to licorice in the medium-length finish.
Papsoe (25073) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Opaque black with a rough beige head. Tart or even sour aroma that pretty much overpowers the hard roast malt. Medium-bodied, hard roasted malt, slightly pruney with an ashy edge and again a distinct tartness. Hard roast malt bitterness in the finish. Quite rough - even without the infection. 251111
Slipstream (2229) - USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foamy dark pour, Sweet coffee porter with an astringent, metallic edge (from the can, maybe?) and a touch of honey. Lightly floral aroma. It is medium weight and more sweet than smoky or dry, with some cola and licorice in the mix. Nicely balanced, not heavy or oppressive. This could be a good choice for a session brew.
BroSpud (1856) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Pretty tasty porter with notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice. A bit too expensive for what it is but pretty good overall.
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
can, an interesting one at that... dark brown beer with a big medium tan head that rises three fingers, nice retention... the aroma is light anise and chocolate, ok... the first sip is distracting with carbonation, licorice and anise as accents are a nice touch, a bit boring and too sweet but ok... great when mixed with Belgian Red
rlgk (13387) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2012 Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Black beer witha small beige head. Malty chocolate, cocoa aroma, hop notes, roasted. Chocolate flavor, roasted, cocoa, malty, figs, vinous notes, hoppy, nicely balanced smooth beer with a nice cocoa finish.
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice drinking porter. Interesting being in a can - IPA’, Ales, Ambers sure but a porter it was odd but very good, Once I got past the can this has great dark malt and chocolate flavors. Good finish this was a very good beer.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - NOV 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at CanFest 2011 in Reno. This was quite nice though the can graphic is confusing. Pours a dark brown with a really strong roasty malt flavor that doesn’t overpower. Sort of a mix of coffee and chocolate.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft @ the trappist in oakland. Frothy tan top over a dark brown beer. Flavors are overrun by the awkward belgian yeast used...maybe not awkward to you, but belgian yeast usually just tastes fucking whorish to me, unless its a lambic yeast or some other thing floating around the skied of belgium...but I doubt that banana-y, cobwebby, phlemg-inducing, muddled gross yeast used in practically all non-sour/wild/lambic belgian yeast is floating around in the sky...tastes more like they grow that shit from within the legs of belgian whores in the bad parts of belgian towns...I bet if any other country was as fucked in the head as the belgians and starting using vaginal yeast to ferment beers, everyones beers would taste what we currently refer to as "belgian". In any event, this beer has that whorish yeast infection taste of belgian yeast and thus, any other nuances that could be present...like the advertised star anise and black licorice (as if there is another form of real licorice) is completely swalled in a muddled mess of awkward belgian yeast. That’s all I have to say about this beer. Fuck.ing.whorish.
Maverick34 (2589) - New York, USA - NOV 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Canned. Inky dark brown to black pour, whitish head. but it disappears Somewhat fizzy, strong mint/licorice/anise scents. Fairly carbonated. PRett good.