OPIE788 (219) - Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Sweet coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste starts sweet then is big bitter coffee.
DrSilverworm (4741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2oz bottle. Poured into my DFH IPA glass. Pours a clear, dark brown, red color. Not quite black, not quite as black as neither most american black IPAs nor most american porters, not a big deal, though. Good thin half-inch tan head, with good retention. Leaves great, thicker swaths of lace. Looks excellent. Medium body. Smooth crisp light carbonation, lightly slick finish. Very easy to drink. Good roasty malt, some bitter dark chocolate, bigger coffee aromas. Good earthy hop, light citrus. Moderate to bigger bitter taste, moderate sweet. Very enjoyable hoppy porter / black IPA.
Dfonorow (1038) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma has notes of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, and some light fruit. Flavor is much closer to a black IPA than a porter with hop bitterness coming forward and the malt/sweetness fading. Medium bodied, light carbonation.
LesArgen (177) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma has an intoxicating blend of chocolate, coffee, cherry, spice and even a little brine. The first taste is brilliant as the palate comes across all creamy until it suddenly dissipates alarmingly. The chocolate malt gives way to citrus and salty brine. Bit of an odd one that reminds me of the Bellarine Mussel Stout.
radarsock (755) - Vermont, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 FL OZ bottle purchased from New England Wine & Spirits for $7. To undersized snifter, it pours a richly deep sienna with an explosive fluffy burnt vanilla buff head 2 to 3 fingers in length. Aromas of fudge, toffee, spelt, salted caramel, hazelnuts, earth, and dates. Tastes the same with the addition of Oceanic hops, London yeast, and unripe clementine by swallow. I’d like it more had this not been so eruptive; half the liquid vanished before my very eyes.
brystmar (1074) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown-black body, off-white head. Still burns my mouth with carb even an hour after opening. Honestly smells great! Tastes like carb. Tries to be roasty but the carb intrudes. Meh.
StevieT (326) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2014 Fruity aroma, very smooth with mild coffee and caramel flavours. Definate roasted hints. A great beer that is worth the effort.
varanid99 (408) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a lingering pale brown head. Roasty, coffee, raisin and pine aroma. Slightly bitter up front then like a coffee and a steak all in one glass. finishes with a light coffee bitterness at the end. Cracker.
Sevenlee (1157) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours totally black with a beige head. Aroma is malt, caramel, roasted notes, fruit like orange and hops. Taste is light to medium sweet leading to a fruity and roasty finish. Decent stuff
Jado (422) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep solid black with a tight coffee-coloured head. Aromas of black coffee, cocoa, smoke, light pine and dried fruit (sultanas and raisins). Taste starts off with some pine resin bitterness, before giving way to dark roast malt, more black coffee and rich dark chocolate. Softens at the end to a fruity finish with just a hint of minerality. Lingering finish with a coffee aftertaste. Really big flavours - like this a lot.