willisread (3389) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 17, 2017
Tap at Craft Brewed. Pours a clear brown to black with a small bit of beige head. Light chocolate milk, roasted malt on the nose. Roasty on the palate, cacao. Decent but doesn’t really stand out. AgentAle (1761) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 3, 2017
Aroma is toffee, caramel and vanilla beans. Taste is a rich palette of coffee, dark chocolate and fig. Good balance and complex. Niko100 (2940) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2017
Dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa/chocolate, some hops, & coffee; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa/chocolate, hops, coffee grounds, and some vanilla; Finish is fairly bitter; Nicely balanced; Very enjoyable porter. MarcoDL (5029) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 14, 2017
Bottle at tasting. Aroma of mocha, malt, chocolate and caramel. Taste has filter coffee, mocha, caramel, mild licorice and chocolate. Solid. ChiGuy68 (602) - Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2017
Tasted from a bomber. It poured totally opaque. Roasted malty mocha aroma. Looks like a glass of espresso with a frothy brown cappuccinoesque head. A smooth tasting porter with serious coffee and coco character and a hint of vanilla on the finish. Delish!. First non-ale I’ve tried from Ballast Point, but it definitely will not be my last.
Zymurgeist2 (2272) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 30, 2017
From bomber to tulip glass. Powdered cocoa and a cold pressed coffee aroma. Pours deep brown with tan head that delicately fades to a ring and dusting across the top. Taste is also chalky, dusted cocoa. Racks near bone dry! An acidic dryness comes through with minimal bitterness. weihenweizen (3885) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2017
Refrigerated brown bomber poured into a snifter. Black with medium beige head. Aroma is coffee, medium body, medium carbonation, and small-bubble lacing. Taste is coffee, chocolate, some spicy herbal hops, and roasted malt. superspak (5678) - Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2017
22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/27/2016. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, fruitiness, herbal, roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge nutty medium roast coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of vanilla, cream, smoke, fruitiness, herbal, roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal hop and roast/coffee bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of nutty coffee, milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, fudge, toffee, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, light smoke/vanilla, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roasted bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly silky/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6%. Overall this is an amazing American coffee porter! All around incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, coffee, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Huge and vibrant on coffee complexity, with a spot on base porter that is never overly roasty. A highly enjoyable offering. olio (10370) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 26, 2017
65 cl bottle.mathieuc (4000) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2017
Rated on 20170520.
Pours black color with a small off-white head. Roasted malts on the nose, mocha, coffee and subtle vanilla. Flavor is toasted malty with coffee bitterness, some mocha and cocoa notes, distant vanilla on the finish. Good.
Pours a very dark brown with a red hue (highlights?). A short-lived light brown/beige head sits on top and recede into a small rim that leaves some lacing. Nose is that of your morning coffee so I guess the mocha theme is pretty much a success.Taste is more of the same with more of the chocolate/cocoa peeking through. Never ashy. Some light vanilla. Body is on the lighter side (I’d like it to be a little richer) and carbonation is moderate. A bit sticky. Overall a fairly solid mocha porter. Not quite "dessert-y" but still pretty tasty and a nice way to end the day.