ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from GBX. pours a thick, syrupy, brown that sits black in the glass capped by a dense mocha head that leaves oily stains of lace. aroma is excellent with heavy dark chocolate, fudge brownies, roasted malts, and moist earth backed by intriguing and subtle notes of black cherry, blueberry, trail mix, and bitter espresso. flavor is outstanding with rich, dark roasted malts, coffee beans, dark chocolate cake, and light peat smoke up front backed by red wine, blueberry skins, and sweet molasses. palate is full bodied and rich but the lager yeast keeps it from being syrupy and adds a fluffy texture to the mouthfeel. overall, another winner from the Westbrook guys.
Reynolds314 (2977) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a great beer. This brewery is doing things. Pours jet black with lasting creamy brown head. Aroma is cocoa, burnt toast, some herbal hoppiness, and light currants. Really great creamy thick and rich mouthfeel. Hugely drinkable for 10% because it isnt overly sweet. Awesome/.
Leighton (15306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2013 - Session 1. Pours oily black with a thick, brown head. Lightly tangy dark malt nose. Medium to big sweet flavor with moderate roast, lots of dark sugars, dark bread, light chocolate, faint burnt wood. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Dark malt finish with dark cherries, some rich chocolate, modest earthy bitterness. Great stuff.
Pyrmir (4708) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAY 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @CBC13. Black with small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Taste follows; roasted malt, chocolate and a bit bready.
jackl (6101) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ CBC 2013. The pourís deep brown with a tiny head. The nose is roasted coffee. Earthy dark chocolate, ash. Some accents of vanilla. The taste is quite roasty, dry. A bit of toasted nut, caramel. Dark chocolate. Vanilla. Dry finish. Full body, warming. Overall, quite nice.
arkurzynski (1884) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from JCB. Thanks! Deepest of black pour with orange-tan head. Nose is a mix of dark, bitter chocolate, roast malt, vanilla cream, caramel, molasses, and faint, floral dark fruits. Flavor is decadent dark chocolate, light caramel syrup, toffee, dark fruit that finishes with a mildly ashy roast and more chocolate. Some alcohol notes throughout. Truly a big, coating mouthfeel. Lingering dark chocolate covered sweet caramel and dark fruit. This is a monster indeed. Highly recommended.
abemorsten (3378) - MosterÝy, NORWAY - MAY 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big bottle kindly shared by my beer pal, Ole Anders. Black body with a light brown rim. Roasted, boozy, raisin sweet. Full bodied and smooth to drink.
BoBoChamp (5757) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAY 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65cl, as Westbrook Capín Skoonís Ballistic Stout, new exclusive American brew Anno 2012, from Beers of Europe Setchey, very complex Stout, roasted/malty and slightly fruity/spicy, balanced, hazy, good head, very good brew, yet expensive!
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks for the share Matt. This porter was bold and creamy with lots of caramel and coffee finishing with a dark chocolate kiss. VERY drinkable at 10% so watch out!
OmegaX (1353) - Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks, Matt, for sharing. Aroma is big roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate. Lightly fruity nose, also. Pour is oily black with a tan head. Flavor is big roast and dark chocolate, light coffee, some anise, and molasses. Nice.