SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011sunevdj (4084) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 25, 2016
75cl bottle. Oak through and through. A little roasted malt character but that wouldn’t matter much through all the oak flavor. Tongue depressor is an accurate descriptor overall.
Bottle at CBC 2012. Pours a dark brown with an off-white head. Smells of malts. Very sweet with a moderate bitterness. Aromas of grains with hints of straw and cereals. Also hoppy hints of pine. Hints of dates. Medium to full bodied. Medium to soft carbonation. BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Had this one, 2011 bottle, at The Porter Bar in Atlanta on 11/23/14. I was pretty excited to get to try this. Pours black just like regular Jose Marti with a fluffy khaki head on top that sits around for a good bit. Lots of oak on the nose, light plastic smells, a bit strange, some weird spiciness, something almost like pine. Flavor follows with some faint chocolate tones, and a massive spicy oak flavor that just envelopes the entire palate, and not really in a good way. Very harsh here, and this thing is 3 years old. Medium bodied, maybe even on the thinner side, with medium carbonation. This was certainly a disappointment, but nonetheless very happy I got a chance to try it. Just too much wood here. fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2014
had this at a bottle share recently. decent, definitely a step up from the regular stuff. Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUN 21, 2014
Black of color with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, chalk, minerals, liqurice, diesel oil and red berries. A flavor of sweets, roasted malt and dry. Beardaxe (293) - - JAN 2, 2014
On draft at CCB. Poured into tulip glass. Nice woody aroma with hints of roastiness. Flavor is dominated by the pungent oak. It hits you before any of the porter does and doesn't subside. It's not just a straight forward wood flavor either, carrying with it some sweetness and booziness. Unfortunately, The Jose Marti, which is an excellent base porter, is sort of marginalized against this heavy wood. With such a good beer to start with, I would have preferred a more subtle application of wood. Still a quite interesting beer, however.
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mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours dark brown solid tan head. Oak and roasted wood aroma. Taste is dry chocolate slight bitter and dill oak BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
Bottle acquired via trade with Homer321! Dark mahogany pour with chestnut highlights and a large latte head. Loads of very lactic milk chocolate, hint of molasses, oak, vanilla, and chalk. Almost powdery. Really interesting, but perhaps not intended. Seemed a little off the more I got into the bottle and as it warmed. Still not offensive in any way and very glad to have had the opportunity to try it! SpringsLicker (3616) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Bottle at RBWG 2013 Grand Tasting.
Pous dark brown with a tan head.
Deep malt aroma.
The flavor is sweet with a bit of sour tartness int he finish. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 28, 2013
750mL thanks to scotchzi at RBWG Grand Tasting. Pours clear brown with erupting foam, overcarbonated. Thick, semi rocky head retention. Nose is dusty, cocoa powder, vanilla, steak, lemon soap. Taste is dusty, dirty, earthy, sugary. Palate is very aerated, possibly infected. Papery and dry finish. Strange, but glad to have tried it. jbruner (4697) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
RBWG thanks to scotchzi! Pours a thick brownish-black from the bottle with fluffy tan head and light lacing. Aroma of oak, vanilla, soy, roasted malt. Taste is slightly boozy, some coconut added to the aroma. Good stuff.