Bif (2257) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - MAR 8, 2014
On tap at Shamrocks. Served a dark virtual black color with a nice thick head with ample lacing. Aroma of roasted malt nice touch of citrus, with vanilla, chocolate and dab of coffee. Taste of roasted malt, bit of citrus with a subtle blend of chocolate and coffee. Mild bitterness and a dry finish. Pretty full bodied, smooth and creamy. Has a nice robust flair. Very enjoyable Porter. t8dd (46) - Mascoutah, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2014
12 oz. bottle. From the label: "a pioneer black IPA." Exactly. Poured dark brown/black with a moderate foamy head. Aroma is all hops with slight alcohol heat. One of the more hop forward black IPAs I've had. Taste is pine and citrus with subtle roast character. Finishes slightly bitter with resinous hop aftertaste. Really good.
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Draft at the Funky Buddha in Boca Raton. Snifter. Very deep black pour with a one finger, off-white head. The aroma was huge roasted malt presence, hops, light coffee, dark chocolate and vanilla. The taste was big roasted malts and surprised with the hop presence. It was nearly a Black IPA. Good roasted notes, vanilla, light coffee. Medium body and decent carbonation. The finish was a little bitter and closed. As it warmed I liked it better. A little light for a porter as well. BrewBoxer (2650) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Draft at church publick NYC . Pours a dark rich color. Very lacy edge. Milky vanilla coffee taste . Delicious
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I just do not like hoppy beer @ all. Stouts are not supposed to be hoppy in my opinion.
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2014
I was eagerly waiting to try this one so my expectations were high. Missed the mark for a porter. But if it was a hippy brown ale, very nice. bubbleflubber (2228) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2014
A combo between a Porter and Black IPA? Let’s see. Pours a deep oily mahogany with a tan head that reduces to thin lacing. The nose is of chocolate and floral... nice. Upfront there are chocolates, caramel and light vinous notes, before quickly bitter backings set it. The mouthfeel is medium-round in body, substantial and complex. I’m not sure I would classify this so much a porter as indeed a Black IPA. Some vinous and cocoa in there, but the hops are predominant, especially as the brew warms. Decent..... interesting, but decent. Creedence (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 20, 2014
Keg at Bukowski’s. Deep black pour with a nice tan head, that lasts a while and leaves great thick lacing. Lots of coffee and roast in the aroma, smells warm and enticing. Some nice earthy hops too, which is a pleasant surprise. Taste leaves a bit to be desired - initial light chocolate quickly gives way to an astringent roasted barley bitterness. Quite dry finish, very dry in fact, and leaves a somewhat unpleasant bitterness on the palate. Interesting and complex, with some great elements to it, but overall I’m not impressed. madvike (3271) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle - Pours black with a foamy tan head. Nose is piney hops mingling with chocolate, dark roast, and some coffee. Pretty juicy hops coming through. Taste is balanced between the porter and hops--really this is hoppier than some black IPAs I’ve had. Lots of chocolate, medium-dark roast, and hints of coffee grounds. Medium-thin body with fluffy carbonation. Excellent stuff. njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
I did not read any description about this before I drank it so I was suprised from the start. I poured from bottle to snifter glass. Pours black but with a brown tinge to it. Head thin and moca in color. Poured lighter or thiner than I was expecting. The aroma was a shocker, it was hoppy, the hops stood out in front of chocolate. A swirl brought out more chocolate aroma. The taste was also hoppy with a chocolate, roasted malt flavor that grew more chocolate in the finish with the hops lingering. Bitter at the tail end with the alcohol coming in late. A interesting brew for sure I never had a porter like this, very enjoyable. I was glad I got a six and not a single here. This would be a great summer porter for those who don’t like to lighten to much.