CanIHave4Beers (4184) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - AUG 6, 2010
Pours a black color with a small head leaving some lace. The aroma is nutty with some sweet malt and some molasses. The flavor has a good malt sweetness with some molasses some cherry and a good bit of chocolate. MrHangover (4549) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle at post GABF tasting day 1, courtesy of iphonefan. Pours a very dark brown, almost black pour with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma is malty, chocolate and slight alcoholic. Flavour is moderately sweet and malty. Faint touches of caramel and molasses on there. I’m not really getting the specific cane sugar used for this brew, but there are definitely some sugar notes in there. An ok beer. hershiser2 (3236) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2015 $7.79 Bomber Bottle, Wine Warehouse, CHO.
Nearly black with a small beige head. Smells of coffee, toffee, caramel. Tastes of toffee, sugar, caramel, and metal. Light grasses and alcohol too. Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2008
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Once again thanks to the magic cellar of miketd. This was a refreshing change of pace from the earlier one dimensional sample. It is roughly on par with the Ironbound Ale though based on my current tastes I think I’d opt for this instead. It might be interesting to see what oak barrels do to enhance some of the base flavors.
Aroma / Appearance - The light wood colored head bobbed above a deep black body. Smoke, ash, chestnuts and iced coffee. Things are a little loose around the edges causing a bit of disarray.
Flavor / Palate - Warm black coffee tickles the tongue followed soon by hop residue and overcooked chocolate pudding. A smokiness finishes things off far too soon for this to have a lasting effect. Despite being a bit thin in mouthfeel I’d still say this is probably slightly above average.
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a crema head. Nose is brown sugar, molasses and light espresso. Medium body with a buzz. Taste is tar, burnt sugar and lime set against toffee and mocha. A bit harsh at times but nice touches of sweetness.
Sammy (12201) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 2, 2009
Bottle thanks to Radek. Black with brown head, lacey and soapy head. Aroma with significant chocolate. Taste is sweetish, with toasted barley, big but well integrated chocolate, smoke, a little sourness. Overall good porter with above average mouthfeel. dchmela (3063) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Tasted at Otown Throwdown. Dark brown pour. Thick chocolate, roasted grain, dark fruit aroma. Chocolate, roasted grain taste, thick and oily. Very good brew. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 9, 2010
It has to be IBrew2or3 that shared this one. Pours brown with a white head. Nose is sarsaparilla, chocolate, anise, herbs, slight roast, and a hint of coffee. Flavor is similar with a medium body that finishes with lingering licorice and anise. Interesting and herby beer. jmgreenuk (9449) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - OCT 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy Iphonephan. Poured a deep mahogany with a thin off white head. The aroma is is rich toffee caramel. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a big liqourice roasted malt palate. Emeister84 (2505) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Aromas of coffee, cooked brown sugar, cooked cherry, plum. Dark brown-black, a lasting small beige head. Some sweetness, nice faint roastiness, earthy. Full bodied.