BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear dark brown with an average to large beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted), light hops (earthy, woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prunes, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry and biting finish. MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
(Sample Date: 1/15/2011 Source:Other) Light graininess and chocolate malts. Clear dark amber brown with small white head. Earthy oxidized notes. Bottle may be a bit dated. Dry finish with some roast and moderate bitterness. Drake (14332) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 15, 2011
12 ounce bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Large brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, a bit of a tart note. The taste is roasted malts, a milky note, tart fruity finish. Medium bodied. Decent. Maybe a bit past its prime. pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nearly opaque dark brown. Smells definitely of coffee and chocolate. Heavy on the chocolate. Taste is similar, but it’s not as heavy as a big stout. Easy to drink for the style. Enjoyable. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, cream, chocolate, and slight coffee. Poured dark brown/ruby in color with a very small, tan head that lasted throughout. Clear. Slightly sparkling. A couple of small particles. Good lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, hops, and hints of nuts and wood. Medium body. Tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, lightly bitter, malt, chocolate, coffee, and and slight caramel finish is dry.
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 15, 2010
bottle: I thought this was a great porter. sweet, chocolate malts, sweet smooth. nice head. simple and tasty. Body was a bit thin, and some soapy aftertones. great pub beer. jtclockwork (17606) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Almost black pour. Very light hop malt flavor and slight chocolate aroma. Not bad, just very basic. Rated 8/24/08 Nickls (2616) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2010
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Very dark brown, edging on black with ruby colors, with a thinner light tan head. Aroma has coffeeish/bittersweet chocoate, with some roasted characteristics (not as much as expected). Roasted malt sweetness, notes of chocolate (didn’t pick up too much coffee in the taste). Lighter MF for the style, but still weighty. Lower carbonation. This is a decently drinkable porter. The lighter body still carries a lot of great flavors. Overall, this is a solid porter. Leighton (22773) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
Bottle. Very good porter. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin though thick beige head. It subsides quickly but does leave significant lacing. Aroma is light, notes of caramel and roasted malts, and just hints of coffee. Flavor is restrained yet satisfying. Strong malt backbone, moderate sweetness. Dry and lightly smokey in the finish. Very mild bitterness, some stickiness. Body is medium, the alcohol seems to add some nice depth but isn’t really perceivable - which to me is good. The flavor would benefit from a bit more complexity, but overall this is a strong example. MrBeerFanatic (1076) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2010
Dark midnight fizzy bodied, with a fizzy laced head(wow I cant tell the difference by looking between this and Pepsi). Aromas of cocoa, chocolate, caramel, coffee, with undertones of spiced hops. Flavors of coffee/chocolate up front with subtle notes of caramel. Very bubbly on the palate. Lightly bitter dry finish. To much carbonation in this, as it deludes the flavors slightly. A porter I wish was on tap at my local bars.