Lothore (582) - California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Pours a deep brownish black with a phenomenal, light brown, 2 finger, fluffy head.
S- Smell is fairly one dimensional, roasted malt, hints of coffee and possibly some chocolate, a bit metallic.
T- Lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate malt, sort of an underlying creamy flavor.
M- Thick with medium carbonation.
D- This wasn’t a standout for me but it has definitely aged well and hides the 7 percent ridiculously well.
Keir (180) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours black with little head. Nose of soy and burnt sweetness. Taste off, soy, burnt. A bad bottle or old?
MadIndian (2526) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gift from SJ for Weyerbacher night. Deep reddish pour with a brown hue. Roasted malt aroma with notes of chocolate and butterscotch.
Sweet molasses,roast and chocolate taste. A really rich finish. Not bad.
Naka (714) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Disclaimer: this beer has been abused by cycles through a cooler, fridge, and basement, so please take this with a grain of salt.
Pours black with just a small fizzy trace of a head. Aroma is smooth chocolate, caramel, and a little molasses. Flavor is a nice bittersweet. A nice roasty carbon at the end. The dark bitter definitely lasts. Medium body and slightly acidic. Actually held up pretty well.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle, pretty much forgot I had it, I think it was from 08. decent color and head, light cocoa notes in the aroma, more of a dark chocolate. Really smooth across the palate, not too thin, some decent roasted flavors. Other than that, pretty bland. I’m sure this isn’t what the brewery wanted after so long, but overall not bad.
cpetrone84 (1600) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A-pours a black liquid with a burnt caramel colored head that is dense and creamy.
S-lots of chocolate with notes of vanilla, hints of molasses behind with a touch of roasted coffee.
T-big time chocolate, touch of vanilla and molasses, notes of roasted coffee in the back
M-smooth on the palate but a little thin, low carbonation letting the body fall off in the back.
D-pretty straight forward stout style beer, roasted dark malts and nothing else and not really well done. the thin body gives it a watery presence.
r464 (1979) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2011 Very dark in color. Flavor is strong on roastiness and chocolate with a hint of coffee. Smooth and drinkable given the medium level of alcohol.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A- deep brown almost black body with thick dark tan head. Good head retention. Left behind some lacing in the glass.
S-Deep roasted malt, carmel, and coffee.
T- much like the smell. Warm roasted cofee and malt up front. Sweet carmel coffee aftertaste. No bitterness or taste of alcohol in this one.
P- moderately heavy body and medium carbonation. Very smooth beer to drink. Well done.
O- This is a good winter beer. The sweet roasted carmel cofee flavor is great for that season. I enjoyed this one and will have it again.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-26-2007 15:21:08
Funknmilla (727) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
7-30-09...12oz bottle.....very dark brown close to negro....bitter coffee aromas and sweet malts...flavors similar ...medium body...refreshing for a porter....I’ve had this many times before, and this is one of the better releases...goes down easy with nice sweet malt and a coffee finish...a good local classic in my book
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
nose is tobacco, black cherry, roast, booze and unknown floral/herbal/perfume aroma. very odd and borderline offensive. swore my glass was dirty and tried another to no avail. flavor is roast and black cherry with carmelized (deeply) raspberries. muddy brown head. such an odd aroma!
joeymacaroni (309) - Wagontown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours deep dark brown with a nice thin tan head. aromas of mocha, licorice, and cappucino. flavor is chocolate, blackstrap molasses, and caramel with coffee and licorice in the aftertaste. malty. nice finish.