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. Sammy (12967) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 8, 2006
Nice head and lace. Chocolate and hops in aroma, hoppy porter. I think less hops would be better, this would be interesting if on tap.
black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Pours a dark brown almost black color topped with a tan tinged head. Aroma is roasty with some hops shining through. Taste is standard for a porter. Nice roastiness followed by a slight hop bite. Very nicely balanced, drinkable brew. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 23, 2006
Bottle. Dark brown beer with a light cocoa head. Roasty, chocolate, coffee aroma. Big roasty coffee flavor with a bit of hops. Medium bodied. Lingering roast and chocolate. Roastier than I expected. cab (866) - DENMARK - SEP 5, 2006
Bottle. No head but the aroma is typical Avery and i love it. Chocolate, caramel, coffee not the best from Avery but still good.
Kands (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Mixed emotions on this beer. Difficult to rate . . .
Appearance: (12 oz bottle) Poured a dark mahogany with nice ruby-red tones. Very nice tan head with very good retention and lacing.
Aroma: Hops. Piney. After that some chocolate, but mostly burnt coffee.
Taste: Initially very harsh, with pine and bitter, burnt coffee predominating. After about 15 minutes this brew smoothed tremendously and chocolate and nuttiness were no longer smothered by the burnt coffee taste.
Palate: Very good. Rich, without feeling overly heavy, and nicely carbonated. The hops did leave a somewhat unpleasant, thick, resiny aftertaste on the tongue.
Overall: This is a tough beer to rate because it was like two beers in one bottle: When we first opened the bottle, we were somewhat taken aback by the strong hop aroma (because it’s dry-hopped, which we didn’t know when we purchased it.) More importantly, when we took the first drink we didn’t like it at all -- the taste of burnt coffee (not in a good way, but like coffee that’s sat in the pot until 95% of the water has evaporated) was far and away overpowering and unpleasant. It was very harsh and bitter -- like cleaning out a coffee pot and mixing in last year’s Christmas tree. But, we kept at it, and were rewarded in that after sitting for a while (15-20 minutes, at least) it tasted like a completely different beer. It was much smoother -- the harshness leveled out and sweeter tones of the malt worked well with the hopping to create a pretty tasty brew. So, we chose to rate it more on the final properties than the starting properties. If we’d gone the other way, the rating would have been in the low 2’s, at best. It’s definitely different, and we’ll probably try it again now that we know it needs a good long sit before drinking. Although we wouldn’t recommend it as something you’d certainly enjoy (we’re still not sure whether we did or not), we would definitely recommend trying it. RobertDale (6976) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - OCT 9, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is not dominated by the roasted malt, balanced in is chocolate and dark fruit. Grew on me. Frank (4255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
This is definitely an American take on the style. For one, it’s too strong to be a session ale but more so than that it is hopped up like an IPA. I’ve always like beers like this and if you do to, you will like this. The color is a very pretty red brown w/ a head of small white bubbles and big stripes of lacing. The expected roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes are there but they play a supporting role to peach and citrus hops. It’s a medium bodied beer and not quite sweet enough to be sticky (which would be too sweet). The level of bitterness is in proper balance but it is a bit metallic which is a pretty serious negative in this otherwise very fine beer. Still, there are beers w/o this sort of flavor flaw which I enjoy less so take that for what you will. This is a nice strong porter from Avery and one that I think achieves what they were trying to achieve. TheJestersBeer (2431) - SWEDEN - MAR 31, 2011
Bottle @ home. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a light brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, hops, and a strange note that reminds me of libraries...? Medium+ body, almost dry, but with a little hint of sweetness, rather smooth. On the palate, roasted malt, coffee beans, cocoa, hops, hints of smoke/ash, and a firm, lingering bitterness. A robuster style of porter, on the lighter side, could have been a bit richer and more complex. (Rated on 2010-08-12) HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Out of the tap came a dark, very dark, brew with a dark ample head. Smells toasty with a hint of caramel and biscuit and a hint of a floral aroma. Mouth feel is pretty smooth. Flavors of roasted malt and hints of chocolate and coffee.