EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown pour with a light tan head. Roasted aroma with licorice. Sweet flavor with chocolate.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(16oz can, thanks CaptainCougar) Small off-white head atop black body with brown edges. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, some bittersweet, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, milk chocolate, some bittersweet chocolate, light alcohol. Sticky medium-full body.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very roasty, dark chocolate heavy porter, bit of cola, and quite dry. Lots and lots of licorice. Interesting, but not so great.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz can courtesy of SamGamgee: Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin, stringy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of toasty dark caramel and earthy dark chocolate with a touch of raisins and molasses. Starts with good light toasty caramel malty sweetness and nice molasses and dark fruity complexity with an enjoyable rich dark chocolate complexity before a smooth bittersweet finish. An enjoyable baltic porter, but could use some more body.
HighWine (926) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at California State Fair Brewfest. Dark black pour...thick but not syrupy. Nose and taste are true to the description, lots of anise and licorice. Excellent mouthfeel and overall a very, very pleasant surprise.
Lubiere (9029) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark porter with a thin creamy moka head. A plesant treacle and chocolate, notes of vanilla and alcohol warmth. In mouth, a silky sweet chocolate, butterscotch, treacle, oily and rich bodied. Du bonbon! On tap at Russian River Beer and BBQ Revival, August 15 2009.
IrishBoy (3684) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can shared at RBSG Grand Tasting. Nose of chocolate, and some light raosted coffee. Black with a medium beige head. Flavor is slightly sweet chocolate, a licorice note, and background coffee.
badlizard (5519) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Dark brown with a creamy tan head. Grassy chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate and tangy alcoholic taste.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Choclate and light roasted coffee aroma. Big chocolate flavor with licroice and a bit of backing roastiness. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate lingers with roast and a bit of licorice.
bhensonb (9811) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Dark blackish color with a winey/beige head. Aromas of dark malt and red wine. Fulll bodied with mild carbonation. Flavors of really dark toast, port wine and light spice. Develops sturdy and persistent chocolate in the finish. Anise seems present. Not dry, but why should it be?