jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Poured dark brown with a moderate tan head. Smelled of ground robust coffee. Tasted of fresh brewed coffee with very little sweetness or creaminess i expected from the vanilla. Very robust and bitter. Some burnt chocolate, but very little. Long aftertaste.
nealblind (916) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - DEC 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown. Aroma woody coffee, chocolate. Tastes big roasts coffee earth char. Super light body for a porter brisk carb.
PapaSkeetSkeet (861) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1.5-inch light-brown dust head, fine, slow-to-fade, aroma is lot’s of coffee (nutty, fairly sweet) cocoa. Flavor is chocolate coffee milk, grain (tastes oaty) oatmeal cookie. Medium body, oily, creamy, moderate soft carbonation. Surprisingly yummy porter!
hfmejias (818) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured dark brown, minimal tan head. Aroma of coffee and malts (roasted) combined with some vanilla notes. Taste has bitter notes from coffee and some sweetness from malts and some vanilla notes. Drinkable and enjoyable.
John25 (686) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Dark cola. Rich roasted malt and coffee grinds with chocolate and creamy vanilla. Perfect semi-rich body, a little heavier than standard porters. Huge value in this $8 six pack. Awesome.
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conway (1628) - - OCT 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. Dark cold with a thin mocha head. Tons of nice coffee grinds, with roasted malt, chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Something akin to pretzel in the finish. Slightly thin mouthfeel but substantial enough. Really pleasant surprise.
DCLawyer (1554) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft->shaker. Dark brown with lite tan head. Roasted coffee and chocolate malts. Lingering bitterness. Fairly smooth. Decent.
CelticBrew (855) - 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 (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, 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 (1826) - - 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 (2587) - 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.