larsniclas (7038) - Billdal, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Sampled at USSkovde
Black. Almost no head.
Coffee and coffee-beans in the aroma.
Loads of sweet vanilla in the flavour. Coffee and milky chocolate.
Light body, low bitterness.
Too much vanilla. tkrjukoff (4335) - SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle @ rlgk’s tasting. Pours pitch black with a small tense brown head leaving lacing. Aroma is coffee vanilla roasted malty ashy dry. Flavor is vanilla vanilla sweet heavily roasted malty coffee chocolate and bitter. Finishes bitter sweet vanilla. Marheb (5717) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Vanille en plein extase dans ce liquide dense mais très facile à boire. J’ai été surpris par son manque de panache, je m’attendais à une bière moins unidimensionnelle. Quand même très solide. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Poured from a bomber into my Founders snifter. Split the bottle with my old man during the Homerun Derby.
A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a wonderful bubble dark brown head. Leaves some wonderful sheet lace behind with some bubbles trying to to keep the head afloat.
S: Big dark coffee beans. Roasted to the point where it’s almost slighty burnt and bitter, but in a good way. Some slight dark chocolate notes are present as well.
T: Big coffee right up front. That same REALLY toasted flavor is even more present, but after the initial assault on the taste buds it makes way for some light sweet chocolate and vanilla. I’m also picking up a burnt sugar/caramel flavoring as well.
M: Medium to heavy bodied, almost chewy in nature. Leaves a great roasted coffee bean flavor with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Leaves an oily feeling on the palate which is highly enjoyable as it allows the taste to linger LONG after I’ve swallowed this black gold.
O: I’m becoming more and more a fan of brews with heavy coffee flavorings and this might be one of favorites. It’s not as balanced as others I’ve had, but it’s still a wonderfully crafted brew and I would LOVE to try this on draft.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-12-2011 oRos (1675) - sacramento, California, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle from Marcus has a pepper chilli aroma. Taste is ash trey. Some burnt malt. Not a big fan
pintbypint (3581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
From 650ml brown bottle. Black pour, med sized beige head with nice creaminess. Huge coffee nose, a little sweetness as well. Taste has big black coffee, toffee, roasty. Dry finish, lingering coffee and vanilla notes. Medium body. Smooth, very nice strong porter.
gramity (1638) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 4, 2012
Black with a thick beige head. Rich chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, espresso, and a bit of hops. Smooth mouthfeel with a bitter coffee finish. Alcohol blends in very well. michaelinwa (656) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012 Bottle from trade with Bobertkuekn. Black pour, low head, moderate carbonation. Aroma is sweet roasted malt. Taste has very noticeable coffee and chocolate notes along with the expected roasted malt flavor and just the right amount of vanilla. Bolder and more complex than just about any other porter. Finish is lingering flavors and significant right hop bitterness. Alcohol is mostly hidden. Mouth feel is slightly thick and velvety. A very very tasty porter and a new favorite. Also tried a 2-year old version that was more mellow, less bitter, but retained the good flavor well, so this is worth aging for a couple years if you want to take some of the bitterness out. Will also thin out slightly with time. fletchfighters (1519) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2012
A-- Poured black with tints of red. Settled black. One finger dark mocha colored head. Very fluffy, very good head retention. On swirling some noticeable alcohol.
S-- Coffee. Not really overpowering but there. Roasted malts and some hints of vanilla as well.
T-- Coffee, vanilla and carmel. The carmel really stood out. Reminded me more of an iced coffee. Quite nice.
M-- Medium light body and a bit velvety. Carmel and vanilla in the front and roasted malts and coffee finish. Was a little bitter in the end with a vanilla finish.
D-- Well balanced. Sometimes coffee, sometimes vanilla and sometimes carmel. No taste able alcohol to this. Was a bit light in spots but very, very good, Easily could have had a second bomber of it and been happy and not had an issue with it. Very happy to have had one of the beers I have been wanting for a while. Did not disappoint one bit.
ngeunit1 (1555) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 8, 2012
A - Pours a very dark brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is full of roasted chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits, vanilla, and a bit of booze.
T - Starts off with some roasted dark chocolate and coffee beans with some vanilla, raisin, and other dark fruits. Through the middle, some more roasted and lightly bitter coffee comes through with some stronger vanilla. The finish is a mix of roasted bittersweet chocolate with some coffee, vanilla, dark fruits, and booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a roasted, dry, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Bold but perfectly balanced. The coffee, chocolate, and vanilla flavors go very well together.