Braudog (6196) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Otter Creek taproom. Standard visuals for a porter, inky and poofy. There’s a BIG coffee aroma with a smoother drink, almost like they’d added cream. (#5804, 10/9/2014)
Darkmagus82 (2196) - - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 5-30-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with a nice billowing tan head. The head has very good retention, but eventually fades to give a lighter level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is overall rather light. It is heaviest of roasted malt and a nice dark coffee/ espresso aroma. These are the dominate aromas but there is also a very light vanilla aroma that mixes in with the other two rounding out the roastier/darker aromas well.
Taste – The taste starts out smooth and bready. The bready is of a roasted malt/dark bread in nature. This flavor quickly mixes with notes of coffee flavor and a lighter vanilla flavor. The vanilla loses some ground as the coffee gets more intense toward the end. At the end of the taste you are left with a mildy sweet and very pleasant coffee flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – A medium bodied medium carbonated brew. A bit more body would have enhanced some of the nice coffee and light vanilla aromas, but overall it was pretty appropriate and good.
Overall – Not overly intense in coffee, but it acts as a nice addition to a porter base. The little bit of vanilla sweetness does well for balancing the roasty flavors. Well worth a try.
kerenmk (3814) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at our place. Thanks zvikar. Very dark and opaque brown. Dry, coffee, sand, cayenne pepper aroma, coffee, slightly bitter with hints of vanilla syrup in the mouth. Full-bodied with a little ashy finish. Good.
zvikar (4119) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Pours brown with a beige head, aroma of coffee, chilli, vanilla some roasted malt, flavor of coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted tones, alcohol, medium bodied. Nice
williamstome (1640) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown / black pour, minimal head. Great aroma of chocolate, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of licorice. Flavor is sweet, with milk chocolate, mocha, vanilla, and roasted malt. Very smooth, if a little thin.
DSG (10579) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at kerenmk’s place. Thanks zvikar. Dark brown to black with a small tan head. Pleasant coffee beans aroma, a bit vegetal. Bittersweet roasty flavor with coffee, a bit "green", and a mild vanilla note. Medium-bodied. Good.
jmm635 (978) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured cola colored with a quickly fading head. On the nose is dark roast coffee, some chocolate, charcoal, little in the way of hops. Taste is lightly sweet and bitter but not really in a hop-bitter way. Bitter like burnt coffee. Just OK.
sturmthis (1065) - Bavaria, GERMANY - APR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Coffee aroma. Dark brown with ruby tint. Beige and thick head. Bitter coffee taste. Enjoyable porter.
bubbleflubber (2139) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost opaque, oily black pour with mahogany fringes and a non-retentive head. Nice coffee and cocoa nose. Flavors have coffee, well done, alongside chocolate malts for sweetness and a nice roasted finish. Clean and well put-together, this is substantive and smooth on the palate. Extremely drinkable and soft. Delicious.
Ed5388 (3000) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Big Brew Beer Festival (Morristown). Poured a dark brown color with a small creamy tan head. One of the best smelling coffee beers I've had. Aroma of a fresh robust cup of black coffee. So good! Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, dark roasted malt, and vanilla.