CelticBrew (912) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle nearly black, forms small off white head of foam that dissipated quickly. Aromas of strong coffee, slight vanilla, some wood, dark chocolate, and burnt malts. The aromas don’t so much shine through in the flavor as one might think. It starts with a light flavour of coffee bean then some chocolate malt in the end with a touch of vanilla. Medium on the palate. Slightly sweet and slightly bitter. Flavours disappear quickly after every sip. Virtually all malt. Strong coffee forward, nice winter type beer.
Braudog (6285) - 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 (2247) - - 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 (4032) - 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 (4129) - 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 (1708) - 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 (11469) - 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 (991) - 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 (1092) - 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 (2156) - 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.