BrotherGrendel (787) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2009
A- Pours a dark, rich brown/almost black hue with a creamy brown head that is small but mostly sustaining, small amounts of lace
S- Lighter aroma of coffee and chocolate, some slight alcohol in the background
T- Well-balanced porter with initial taste of coffee and chocolate, some oak tones and dry, bitter aftertaste with hints of grass/earthiness
M- Light/medium-bodied, watery and creamy texture, adequate carbonation
D- At 5.9%abv, this is a smooth drinking porter, this is a good, but not great, choice that does little to stand out in this genre BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 4, 2009
22oz Bomber – BevMo Huntington Beach, CA-aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 31, 2009
Great aroma with tons of coffee and chocolate. Loves the dark malt it is roasty and very tasty. This is a very easy Robust porter to drink. A wonderful porter this beer drinks very smooth, dry and finish with an awesome flavor in the mouth.
22oz thanks to Hophead22. Pours dark brown with little to no head. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, light hops, and some roasted malt. Nothing crazy though. Flavors again with sweet malt up front, chocolate, coffee, and a touch of hops. Palate was a little thin. BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Bottle. Poured a deep brown/black color with a moderate off-white head that faded to a ring. Aroma of light chocolate, moderate roast, some light coffee, and a bit of chalk. Smooth, lightly sweet entry with some hints of chocolate leading into a smooth, faint hop bitterness with some light undertones of chalkiness and roasted coffee. Moderate carbonation, but a bit thin on the palate. It tasted decent and was easy to drink, but it did not possess and characteristics to set it apart from other porters. Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
Dayum - this is good! Sweet and chocolatey. Rich and foamy. Pours black with a nice lace of tan head. Flavor is liquid chocolate, with a touch of smoke. Some notes of vanilla in there as well.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Dark brown color, bordering on black. Stale dark malt aroma, with notes of mild coffee and chocolate. Flavor is very light and mild, with light notes of cocoa and vanilla. Unfortunately, it tastes and smells dead, in spite of it being unfiltered and bottle conditioned. This thin bodied effort is a major disappointment. blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2009
bottle, black pour with nice tan foam, aroma of chocolate and belgian fruit, flavor has a lot of chocolate, plum, nuts and ash, very nice as it warms up illinismitty (2271) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle from some bottle shop in Carlsbad. Pours a deep brown with a tan head. Aroma is milky with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Lighter side of medium bodied with a smooth, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat British like in character, with a mixture of caramel, tobacco, chocolate, and nuts. Moderate amount of residual sweetness. Tame amount of bitterness on the finish, along with some wet grains and wood. Not bad at all. radagast83 (8193) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate, notes of malt and a touch of coffee. Flavor is incredibly smooth, flavorful with a wash of chocolate, coffee and malts. A beer that greatly complimented the cold weather. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2009
Reviewed 12/28/2008 (bottle):
Pours a very dark red brown color body, with a big foamy craggy tan head. Some alcohol, strong coffee. A little dusty sweet chocolate aroma, not too strong. Watery palate. Weak roasted coffee taste, a little bit of chocolate. Nice sipping beer.