adrian910ss (2604) - Doylestown, PA, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Pours a black color with a small white lacing. Aroma is surprisingly piney for a porter with lots of hops present and hints of cocoa and malts. Taste is piney as well, like drinking a dark ipa, with hints of hops and cocoa. Excellent porter. sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2005
12z bottle. Immediate chocolate nose upon popping the bottle. Dark brown, almost black opaque hue. Finger width creamy tan head. Wonderful lacing. Chocolate and sweets (raisins, dried fruits and syrup) in the nose. Great mouth feel. Full and creamy, smooth and tingling, Rich, sweet and roasted. Great malty fullness followed by a bitter, yet crisp finish. Bitter chocolate, caramel, piney, coffee, resiny hops, dry and sticky. Sweet and dry and fantastic. trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Pours black with a good tan head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee, with some caramel and malt. Taste is interesting. Loads of coffee and chocolate, but the hops give the finish an earthy, almost peaty character. Kind of like someone dropped a shot of Islay scotch into the keg. Creamy mouthfeel makes this a nice little beer. ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2008 Pours black with big, creamy tan head, mostly diminishing, some lacing. The aroma is chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, toffee and caramel. The flavor is loaded with chocolate and toffee, some coffee and earthy, woodsy hops at the end. The finish is long with a lasting dark chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth, light. Very nice. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2005
12oz bottle - Pours black with a creamy tan head that stays very well and clings to the side of the glass the whole way down. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, coffee, and maybe a little dough. Flavor is earthy. Notes of chocolate and caramel come through but more notes of smoke and peat there for me. The hops take over on the finish and leave you thirsting for more. Palate is smooth and creamy and robust. A very drinkable beer and a unique porter.
PullMeABeer (203) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Bottle. Pours dark brown, thin reddish highlights, and a lackluster light brown head. Some lace. Very pleasant aroma, light sourness, lingering spicy notes, creamy richness, with cookie dough, strong coffee and alcohol bite to the nose, and bitter chocolate bar. Flavor imparts a very inviting mildly sweet & creamy chocolate base, back by a mild woody and spicy hop finish. Just wonderful. Medium body, very adequate for this beer. Very impressed. "Seashell in a sea of shells.” walleye (1102) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2005
from the bottle. poured black with with deep mahogany edges with a brown head. aroma, caramel, malts, chocolate, hints of hops. flavor, toffee, caramel, malts, chocolate, dark fruits. a very good beer. cazort (568) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2005
Aroma very, very caramely, sweet. Smoky flavour develops: complex, confusing (think lyrically amusing). Taste is not very sweet, a bit salty, too much like worcestershire sauce. I love the hops though--as it claims, a bold, dry hop presence. I had it from a bottle...I wonder how much better it would be on tap? This is a good beer, although it is in a totally different category from, say, the Edmund Fitzerald. My big question: why so much alcohol? I suspect this beer would taste much, much better with a lower alcohol content. There’s something almost caustic about it. Plus, other seemingly weaker flavoured beers do a better job of masking higher alcohol contents. This would be much better if it were around 5% I think. 7% is just too much, and does not mesh with the other flavours. beeryum (652) - Norcross, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Draft. Black pour. Hops and unsweet chocolate and roasted malt aroma, with a touch of smoke. More chocolate in the flavor, with toffee, and more hops and a touch of draker fruits and prunes. Very nice. axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Dark dark brown/black color body with a beige seafoam looking head. Lots of citrus hops on the nose, a little roast. Flavors are creamy coffe at first with a big hop kick in the ass. The finish has a resiny grapefruity hop taste. Smooth, creamy body. Very good porter.