daknole (10281) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, light brown head. Aroma is loaded with roast, coffee and moasses. Molasses heavy flavor, some roast and a hoppy, slightly bitter finish.
Pdubyah (518) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I Think that there is a melange of things going on all of which add up to a sum of less than the parts.
marcus (7563) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle consumed at Monks Kettle. Pours pitch black with a huge tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a huge dark molasses and coffee flavor with a dry finish. Tastes more like a porter than a black IPA.
Rangi (640) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2014 Really enjoyable beer. Nice almost black poor with a mocha head. Bit like a ipa porter combo that has a superb balance. Great notes of smooth chocolate and slight coffee wraped up in toasty roast malts offering a earthy flavour that is awesome. The bitterness just adds another slight twist and where with other porters and stouts I haven’t enjoyed to much hops this combo works really well for me.
dgi (16) - DENMARK - OCT 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a nice persistent head. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee and slightly hoppy notes. The taste is bitter and slightly sour. Some earhty, fruityband garlick/onion hoppy notes are appreciable after swallowing. The body is quite this and with a lively carbonation, unusual for porters.This is a complex beer, and i can quite see that they find challenging to define it. Interesting and original, i really enjoyed it.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: An excessively roasted, excessively carbonated porter/stout with a strong peppery hops character. Meh.
How: Bottle 330ml. Consumed approximately 2 months after purchase
The look: Black body topped by an enormous beige head with medium retention
In long: Nose is charcoal, phenolic, burnt cereals, peppery leafy/grassy hops. Taste is burnt cereals, charcoal, a far amount of hops that are so peppery that the beer almost feels spiced with ground black pepper. The spiciness of the hops is such that it overwhelms its bitterness and the beer doesn’t feel very bitter all. Mocha coffee with light notes of black chocolate. Very low sweetness sensation with the extreme roast bringing a certain dryness sensation. Carbonation is excessive and it is very hard to keep the beer in the mouth. There might be something in there but the absurdly excessive carbonation and the excessive roastiness pretty much hide everything this beer has to offer except for the strong hop peppery spiciness. Disappointhing, not sure why I picked that beer at the beer store, sometimes I can hear a beer say “Pick me! Pick me!”, but most of my time its only my nose saying that.
Leighton (14040) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle drank at Hill Farmstead while waiting for the Harvest Festival VIP session to begin, Vermont. Pours rich black with a big, staying tan cream head. Dusty cocoa nose, light roast, wet dirt (i.e. mud...). Medium sweet flavor, lots of dirty roast, earthy bitterness, light ash, a bit of moderate dark chocolate. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Medium sweet finish with dry roast, good ash, light baking cocoa, earth. A slow starter, but quite robust and nuanced by the end.
zvikar (4015) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Dancing Camel Pub. Thanks troubles. Pours black with a beige head, aroma of caramel, honey, cappuccino, milk brandy and wood, light acidity, flavor of malt, dark bread, coffee, caramel, malt acidity, medium bodied
beerandbeyond (708) - ISRAEL - OCT 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown with a small beige head.
Sweet chocolate nose with some acetone, carobs and herbal hops.
Bitter roasted coffee flavor, with black cherries and high bitterness.
Dry, long finish
emacgee (4377) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Practically a gusher when opened. Pours a dark and deep black with charred brown edges and a profuse crackling tan head. The nose is light and floral with zesty notes and bitter chocolate. Some charred wood and burnt sugar. Bitter roast malt dominates the palate and flavor. Not too great. Kind of off-putting.