elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JAN 2, 2008
Thanks to JohnC for sharing this one. Color is as expected, aroma is roasted malt and cocoa. Decent coffee and bitter chocolate flavors but the body is a bit thin to support the overall flavor profile. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
This brew pours nearly black with little head. Roasty with some maltiness, the body is a bit on the light side. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Pours an opaque black with dark brown edges and a thin, wispy-lacing light tan head. Aroma of roasted dark malts and some bittersweet dark chocolate and coffee complexity. Body starts with a somewhat thick, earthy dark caramel and chocolatey malty sweetness and good, rich bittersweet dark chocolate complexity. Very drinkable and enjoyable. JAXSON (608) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2007
On tap at the brewpup. Pretty dark brown with a milkshake, kinf of pinkish, tan head. I don’t know if I was imagining the pinkinsh tint to the head, but it wasn’t my thing. Aroma of bitter chocolate and coffee. Taste was bitter coffee beans, faint sugarless chocolate, but a good bit of cloying sweetness coming from somewhere else. Once I could get past the sweetness the bitter kick was very enjoyable. Too much sweetness overall. Mouthfeel was pretty thick and creamy. Decent. Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Growler courtesy of JB175. Many thanks for making this possible, finally. I’ve been waiting a long time for this one. Pours a light devouring black body with a huge, creamy mocha colored head. Great lasting power and then excellent lacing once most of the head is gone. A ring of foam sticks around for the duration of the beer. Heavenly nose - milk and dark chocolate, bitter roasted espresso beans, coffee grounds, vanilla extract, roasted malts and cocoa powder. Allowing it to warm brings out new aromas at every turn. Beer just doesn’t smell much better than this, to me at least. Flavor is huge on chocolate - all kinds: milk, dark, bittersweet. Also the espresso notes are very prominent in the form of a huge roasted note, along with a background sweetness that I can only think of as vanilla or creamer. To me, even moreso than the nose, the palate is the best part of this beer. Chewy body, full bodied and very filling. Unbelievably sticky and coating mouthfeel, sticks with you for a tremendous amount of time after each sip. Carbonation is lively and perfect. Finish is roasty, bitter and super lengthy. A world class brew, and my favorite porter ever.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Growler. Dark mocha head, slow recession, ringlet lacing imparted, a thick ring remains. The body is midnight black, opaque and pours smooth and thick. The aroma is pleasantly roasty with loads of bittersweet chocolate and lesser hints of caramel, disorganized dark fruits(cherry, raspberry, blueberry, plum) , nuts(cashew and pecan)coffee and mild smoke and ashen earthiness. Subtle hints of mentholatum, herbal hops, lactose and vanilla syrup add depth to an already lovely nose. Alcohol is only barely detectable. No flaws noted. Every warming degree brings with it a new complexity, a new interest, new life. The flavor is very appealing. Chocolate is sweet, then bitter, sweetness overall is medium and just the right amount. Bitterness is mild and hops are green. Astringency is low to mild and growing. The mouthfeel is powdery and chocolate seems more like cocoa powder and half-ground/half-whole coffee beans. Medium-full bodied, chewy and filling, handsomely carbonated and very drinkable. The finish is off-dry, chocolatey, lightly grainy, very roasty and enduring. A great beer. CheesedMan (572) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy Quake! Pours dark as midnight with a glorious dark tan head. Full on roasted aroma, with a coffee and, not surprisingly, chocolate coming to the fore front. Some interesting fig notes, ending with some sweet spices Flavor is more of the same. very roasted flavor, with a great espresso like finish. Flavor continues for quite some time. Awesome beer. mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2007
Courtesy Quake1028. Growler. Pours back as night, with a thick, foamy light brown head. Great looking. Smells of dense chocolate, some mild coffee, dark malts, and maybe even a touch of some mint in there. The flavor was sweet chocolate, some toasted malts, and light roast. The chocolate was definitely the main character, so appropriately named. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Carbonation seems to have held up pretty good. A little earthiness in there too that was unique. Very sticky mouthfeel, with a chocolate aftertaste. Very nice brew. Thanks for sharing John!! kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 07/25/2007 goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 22, 2007
opaque brown, fine beige head, streaky lace,
smokey chocolate aroma,
rich chocolate flavor, lots of coffee character, caramel sweetness bring out the rich chocolate,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Tap @ General Lafayette. Poured a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma was roasty. Roasted malt flavor with notes of dark chocolate and light coffee on the finish. This beer likee their others was estery. Some warmth in the chest. Semi-dry with a moderately bitter finish. Medium bodied.