TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JUL 31, 2007
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to a deep brown to black color, with a thick, creamy, white head, and a moderate carbonation. The nose on this beer is excellent, with some really good aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roast, and some grassy hops. The palate is rich and soft on the tongue with really good chocolate and coffee flavors, paired with just a hint of estery fruit, and roasted barley flavor. This beer finishes with more really good chocolate and coffee up front, then ends with some hop bitterness, and a touch of roast that lingers. Excellent porter packed with big robust aromas and flavors. I really enjoyed sipping and savoring this one, and this beer would be ideal with shell fish, or rich deserts. Impressive brew.
obguthr (6182) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 20, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted chestnut, charred oak, hearty, and hoppy aroma. Excellent balance. Black pour with a slow buikling medium tan head. Very nutty and dirty, walnut, chestnut, and bark with a charred quality. Dirty palate. Really unique and earthy. A good segue between a porter and an ABA. With a few more hops this could be perfect.
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tobacco! Smoke! Charred something!
No light coming thru this glass. Thin head retention. Creamy texture with a pronounced bitter chocolate finish. Very tasty too!
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Mike beat me again with the rating. I’ve been waiting for this one. Very dark brown brew. Visibility zero. Large light brown head that is going nowhere fast and eventually leaving some heavy lacing. Very strong coffee and chocolate aroma with a sweet malt background. Strong smoky, chocolate flavor, medium body, with bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Small alcohol background and gentle warmth. Flavor lingers for a bit. Very nice brew.
DocLock (10471) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Capone’s. Pours ebony with minimal tan head. Very deep black color here, almost on the level of Yaphet Kotto. The aroma is awesome roasty malt, with big dark chocolate, molasses, almond, Ovaltine. The taste is on the dry side, roasty malty, with some earty hops, molasses, almonds, and tobacco. Stays dry, stays complex and well balanced, and stays damned delicious!
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
[Bottle] Pours dark cola-brown with a small light tan colored head. Aroma is cocoa, coffee, and roasted malt (which comes out more as it warms). Nice--subtle and enjoyable. Taste is mostly deeply roasted malt, and chocolate (which, like the roasted malt in the aroma, strengthens as it warms), with a litte dark fruit character showing up after awhile. It is balanced well with the hops, which become evident upon swallowing. Really well done. Medium-thin mouthfeel, fairly smooth, and has a long finish. Very drinkable. A top notch porter with little that I can complain about.
cazort (561) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle) I am immediately struck by the complexity of the aroma and the lightness of this dark-colored brew. The aroma is grape-like with a noticeable alcohol content, and a strong suggestion of vanilla. The aftertaste is cool and has a bit of roastiness and sourness. Not terribly bitter, the bitterness seems to come more from the roast than hops. There’s a coarse quality that I like too, and that I often only encounter from beers on tap. I think this is a very good beer. Balanced, not too heavy.
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with dark brown at edge, decent head fades to a ring. Excellent aroma, loads of chocolate with some coffee as well, quite rich. Flavors of dark chocolate, a bit of coffee, and Kahlua liquor. An excellent porter.
hopdog (12113) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with The_Beer_God (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, light vanilla, tobacco, and coffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, smoke, vanilla with a nice coffee bitter finish. I do have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Very nice...
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Chocolate/cocoa, good roastiness. Otherwise clean, very nice and very appropriate for style.
Appearance: Pretty much opaque, lowe head retention.
Flavor: Soft chocolate and roast notes, with a good solid sweet malt base. Toffee in the finish. Very smooth, nice for style.
Palate: Silky smooth, luscious sweetish malt finish. Very nice. Medium bodied.
Overall: Very good porter, solid dark malt character and great mouthfeel. Very drinkable.