Ed5388 (2134) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle. Pours a dark brown-black color with a large off white head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and a hint of sweet dark fruits. Taste is smokey, chocolatey, raisins, and bitter roasted coffee on the finish.
Oakes (12723) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Presented as a Black IPA but I wouldn’t really agree with that. Dark brown. Aroma is toasty with roast and slight earthiness. Lightly toasty, chocolatey charctaer. More like a porter.
OnlyIsland (3) - - APR 13, 2013 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had it on handpull, very smooth. Nice dark colour hard to decide style but would have again.
junon (420) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tight nose. Great solid colour. Superb mouth feel. Depth of flavour with follow through and sturdy finish.
JStax (3073) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 4, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle thanks to weihenweizen. Pours a darker brown with a thin layer of khaki colored head. Good retention. Aroma has dark chocolate, licorice, charcoal, and nuts. Taste is like a complex coffee, with a mild fruity nuance over top a toasted coconut, and licorice. I’m also getting a nice marshmallow thing. Really nice porter. I really did not expect it to have the tropical vibe and to do so well. Damn good porter.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
really don’t think of this as a porter - the oxymoronic black ipa moniker seems to come in handy here - but whatever it is, it’s delicious. the light fruits of the hops combine with the dark fruits on the backbone, to combine in a fruit bonanza of sorts. add in the chocolate malts and the smacking bitterness, and this is absolutely bursting with flavour. great beer.
Cantabrian (848) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 31, 2013
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Kinda feel guilty for not being my thing when everyone is so excited. Starts with the herbal nose, a bit of unripe citrus and eructation. The flavour is too hoppy, herbal, and not what I wanted from a porter. Indeed a contradiction of styles, I’d hate to call it a "Black IPA" for the oxymoron, but neither it is a porter. If not an American Black Ale then, I have no idea what it is. I’d love to be excited by the conundrum, but this pasticular puzzle does not do it for me.
DylansDad (309) - NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured black with a very thick creamy beige head. Swirling released some aromas of roastiness, a touch of fruitiness. Taste is nice with an initial burst of dark coffee or cocoa which immediately starts sweetening and fattening and the hop bitterness starts blooming. For me the hops were a bit smothered by the chunky black body of this beer. Maybe I should just get over my hop fetish.
floydian1 (1002) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle @ Tonic Bar in Dunedin NZ. A "hoppy porter" is an accurate description of this fine beer that has dark chocolate, orange, coffee and fruity NZ hop notes on the nose and a delicious smooth velvety mouthfeel. Flavour is nicely balanced between the roasted malts and fruity hops. Finishes moderately dry. Possibly some cherry flavours in there as well. Pours almost matt black with a firm beige head.
jkwood04 (4030) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11.2oz bottle in an English pint. Pours very dark brown with a big, lacy, light tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, hints of smokiness, and a good amount floral and almost citrusy hops. Flavor about the same with a good amount of hops to go along with the malt character of a porter. Average texture. A pretty good beer.