Lukaduke (1016) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich umber black color with no visible head... Aroma are coffee, roasted malts, chocolate and wheat. On the palate its rich full body and has a sweet oat milky lactose punch that works wel with the deep roasted chocolate and coffee notes. Coffee ground bitterness on the finish.
khoffman43 (847) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at brewery. Pours dark with a creamy, brownish head. Aroma is coffee and malts. Flavor is sweet chocolate and lots of cold coffee taste. Overall a very nice coffee beer.
portableparty (1596) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared. Pours brown with a tan tight soapy head. Aroma has a bitter roasted malt and chocolate notes. Taste is bitter and roasts with a chocolate and subtle vanilla notes. Palate is thin and dry.
stuckinprague (43) - - SEP 4, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells of oatmeal and coffee. Tastes like coffee and chocolate. The beer has a nice amount of bitterness and some burnt flavors which complement each other nicely. Light body with a creamy texture. Beer is black with a brown head which dissipates quickly. Almost stout like. A thicker head, and a more powerful flavourful would take this beer to the next level. Good beer, good times.
XmnwildX12 (1472) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome bold scents of chocolate and coffee, taste falls a little flat, smooth light chocolate flavor.
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BVery (4249) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Stella Blues in Eau Claire. Chocolate and lactose on the nose and taste. Moderate palate.
changeup45 (1558) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. This was a mini gusher but no beer lost. Pours nearly black (looks black in the glass though) with a very thick fluffy tan head. The aroma is a combination of oats, coffee, and chocolate. Offers no suprises but smells nice. Toasty malty flavor with a bit of chocolate roast and coffee. The palate is creamy, but thin, as if itís watered down a little. Light bitterness mingles in amongst the roasty flavors. The finish leaves me wanting just a little more. Overall not bad but itís going to be very forgettable.
mnjeff (5) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2009 does not count
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured from bottle to a cabernet glass (why not)
A: This is a Very dark porter that retains lacing around itís edges well. Light penetrates the sides of the glass. The head does not grow to even 1 finger, just barely lingers.
S: Roasted malts, mild coffee, black licorice
T: No dominant hop component, no dominant malt component. Produces a roasty, malt aftertaste. I would describe the flavors as muted rather than balanced.
M: Very thin, watery
D: This is a drinkable brew, though I expect more "in yo face!" from any kind of coffee or oatmeal porter.
andyhwcinc (1136) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This small brewery canít produce a decent light beer, but they kill it with their stouts and porters. This is a pure black, sweet smelling porter thatís a great mix of coffee, oatmeal, and milk. Itís not very thick, but then again its a porter. Would definitely purchase again.
madvike (2077) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - Black pour with a dark brown head that goes away quickly. Smells sour and milky, with a bit of smoke and chocolate. Taste is sweet, milky, and chocolately. Finishes with some ho-hum almost instant-tasting coffee and bitter roast. The bitterness feels a bit off. Body is just about right--not too thick, not too carbonated, and smooth. Pretty much like most Viking beers Iíve had. I feel like theyíre just a step behind the big boys, whether in ingredients or balance.