wetherel (1888) - Cupertino, California, USA - AUG 26, 2008
Nice high-rated porter from kmweaver. Thanks Ken! Pours black with a small bubble tan head that fades medium fast. Aroma is of chocolate, malt, a little alcohol. Not bad. Taste leans a hair dry when cold, and a hair sweet when warm. I prefer it at room temperature for this reason. I don’t follow this strictly, but it’s my new theory for optimal serving temperature: sweet beers drink cold, dry beers drink warm. Eg. a coca-cola can be sickeningly sweet when warm, but refreshing cold. Anyway, this one was better warmer. A bit of smokey peat appears in the back of my mouth on the finish. Kind of interesting. Good porter. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 18, 2008
(12oz bottle, thanks kmweaver) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, milk chocolate, some smoke, roast. Taste is medium sweet, milk chocolate, caramel, some molasses, smoke. Medium body, some syrup. adrian910ss (2590) - Doylestown, PA, USA - AUG 13, 2008
Pours a dark cola black with a medium sized brown head. Aroma of bitter dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee beans. Taste of bitter chocolate, cocoa and a hint of vanilla. KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Handbottled by Santa! Dark Color. Smell of bakers chocolate, coffee, caramel/toffee, roasted malt and candy. Taste of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel, sugar daddys and dark fruit. Sweet and bitter. A little bit too sweet for me. Thanks Santa! Miver (609) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2008
Draft at brewpub. Poured a dark brown almost black with a medium sized creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Tastes of rich chocolate, and roasted coffee, cream, vanilla. Smooth and very drinkable brew. Very nice.
jcwattsrugger (12517) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 8, 2008
on tap-pours a light brown head and black color. Aroma is dark malt-roasty/chocolate, faint hops bite. Taste is dark malt-roasty/chocolate/anise, cherry, then some coffee in the after taste. jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2008
Draft. Poured a nice deep black body with thin head. Aroma is chocolate, rich malt and coffee. Flavor is rich chocolate, roasted coffee. Very drinkable. jeremytoni (3082) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 29, 2008
From the tap poured dark brown with a good amount of light brown head. Nice rich malty sweet flavor, with a good finish. mferreira (3) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2008 does not count
This beer has a full dark chocolate flavor with hints of dark roasted coffee. It could have benefited from additional malt to offset the bitterness. The aroma was of alcohol and chocolate. It features an opaque black color with caramel hued head. Lacks nuance but if dark chocolate is your passion, then this beer could be very pleasurable. hellbilly (3247) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - MAR 17, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 3, 2010 growler provided by ty5592 and the growler swap 1.0... root beer colored dark brown with a thin tan head that has a purple tint to it. the aroma is ashy with lots of 70% bitter cocoa, vanilla bean scalded cream and some dark dried fruit. dark malt, wood and coffee dominate the palate. they’re followed by a light sourness. full bodied with a creamy texture that is cut nicely by the bitter/sour/ashy/astringency of the malts...7/4/7/4/16/3.8
batch 3 bottle shared by rudy on 12/4/2009.
really dark, thick pour with a monstrous persistent cocoa colored head.
initial blast of ashy sourness and a ton of fruit up the nose. that is followed by chocolate, spice and a funky weird burn.
the flavor is primarily tart with a tart ashy finish... odd (but i just had ng sour porter) but there are some decent notes of vanilla, chocolate and roast. it is acidic for sure.... infected? the acidity does play a role in making the full body very easy to drink by making it seem thinner. over carbonation fights with it simultaneously.
this is not the same beer i enjoyed two years ago... not terrible but wrong. 6/4/5/3/12/3.0