Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Thanks to rustychiles for the share on this one. Aroma is an explosive amount of chocolate, cocoa powder, and barley malt. Taste is thinner than expected, but by no means a slouch. Very well balanced, but still a little lacking in the mouthfeel. Good all-around beer. Arayaga2 (2197) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Opaque black with a tall, dense brown head. Roasty, chocolatey aroma with a slight sour edge. Taste is the same, with a hint of vanilla in the finish. JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle from Abe’s in Bethlehem ($2.50). I saw the BA label near it so I thought it was worth a try and I should have bought more for my wife. The chocolate hits me up front along with a roasted flavor and a slight sourness which i initially disliked. The body is a bit like soda in feel. Brilliant complex aroma with some nuttiness though. wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
Bottle. Thanks kmweaver. Black appearance, brown, tan head. Aroma is faint chocolate, sucrose. Flavor is a little thin, but very chocolatey. Dry, roasted finish. Little of alcohol, and smoke up front. Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Pours a deep brownish black with a light brown head. aroma is chocolate coffee roasted malts. Flavor is coffee, chocolate malt, bitter cocoa, a little harsh bitterness. Decent porter.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 3, 2009
From dmac via trade. The pour was dark brown and clear. A one-finger tall light tan head appeared. Minimal lacing. The aroma was roasted, almost burnt malts and coffee. A bit of chocolate. The flavor was roasted malts, old coffee, light chocolate and a bit of sour fruit towards the finish. Light body, dry mouthfeel. Slightly above average. Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2009
Bottle. Aroma was burnt malt, a light coccoa. Poured a almost black and decent sized head. Flavor was roast malt, coccoa and a wierd sour malt taste. Palate is medium bodied finishes pretty clean. Overall good but strange. 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. bp (922) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2008
Draft at the Brewery: pours dark black with very little head, i didn’t pick up much aroma other than some coffee, taste is chocolate and coffee, very nice brew. hellbilly (3249) - 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