danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2010 Draft. Pours a brown hued black with a good tan head. Nice chocolate malt nose. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and a hint of coffee. Very smooth mouth with a slightly sticky finish. Nice drink. BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
The beer’s 700th rating. 2008 Bottle. Took me long enought to rate this. Pours with a large, fluffy brown heead with good lacing and pretty good retention. Very dark brown body. Aroma of chocolate, dust, soot, dry coffee roast, bread metal and caramel. Taste is dirt, macadamian nuts, coffee and a bit of chocolate. Light on the palate for a porter with a slight alcohol presence, creamy and kind of bubbly mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I can see the resemblence to the XX version. superdude1979 (62) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 3, 2008
Pours nice and dark with a dark head. So very sooth with a hint of hops at finish. Very drinkable for a porter. alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2008
This has become a favorite of mine lately. Love the rich chocolate aroma backed by spice hops. Flavor is the same with just a hint of sour and smokiness. I order this regularly at my favorite pub. nbutler11 (1305) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2008
Pours a burnt color from the bottle with a faint tan head. You can smell the charcoal in this brew from across the room. Mild taste of dark cocoa, watery coffee, and roasted malts. Agree with xpimptastikx that this could be a session porter, but in my opinion that’s a bad thing.
RickS95 (36) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
This beer is exceptional...best I’ve had in a while. xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
Thin, light brown head; beer is dark brown/black in color. Chocolate is slightly evident in the nose.
Very smooth, almost buttery mouthfeel. Good lacing. Bitter finish is balanced by the sweet chocolate.
Can’t wait to have another one.
Pours a dark brown stream, with a small light brown head head, that has decent lacing. Smells smokey and roasted. Taste bittersweet, like smoke, chocolate, roasted malt. A slightly light feeling in the mouth, but very drinkable. Could be a session porter. Skinnyviking (9731) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2008
Draught. High creamy and long lasting off-white head. Very dark brown almost black body. Wallnut hops aroma. Smoky creany roasted malt flavor with a bit of coffee but not much hops bitterness. Low carbonation and a long smoky aftertaste. GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
I feel like this beer is slightly overrated. And is this really a porter or a stout. To me this has been confused with the Obsidian Stout (which is really a porter). Pours pitch black with a medium tan head. Very creamy mouthfeel albeit a little watery. Great lacing as well. Lots of mocha in the aroma and taste but not much else. I prefer the Obsidian Stout to this by a long shot. kflorence (93) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2008
Bottle, pours very dark brown and smells heavily of roasted malts and molasses. The flavor is heavily dominated by roasted malts, but the beer also offers some complexity with notes of chocolate, molasses, nuts, fruit (prune?) and nice balance of hops in the finish. This is actually a very nice beer; even though it’s dark, it’s fairly light bodied and very drinkable. A very nice example of a well-balanced porter, perhaps slightly on the malted side, but I enjoy that.