changeup45 (1731) - Lake Mary, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Strong cocoa in the nose with cream, woody/smoke notes, and toffee. A dark fruit presence sneaks in after the fact. Pours dark; looks black with some amber coming through, and a thick fluffy head. This is a very smooth drinking Porter, creamy, but also assertive. Chocolate is very prominent in the flavor which isn’t surprising following the aroma. Dark fruit mixes in with roasty coffee, light bitterness, and some char in the finish. Porters typically aren’t one of my favorite styles but this is good stuff. Probably one of the best Porters I’ve had. phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2010
22 oz. bottle shared by pantanap- thanks again, Kan! Kan crossed off a long-time want with this one. Pours an opaque dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of chocolate malts, earth, smoked wood, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor of chocolate and caramel malts, earth, coffee, wood, and some dark fruits (berries and plums). Finishes with a cigarette taste. Medium-bodied, with an earthy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Pretty unique beer. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bomber from Sam’s, Durham. Nice event for a nice beer. Deep dark brown pour, with a modest film of carbonation. Thick, oily body, with a slight copper tinge barely detectable. Looks hefty like a milkshake. Really smooth sipper with a hint of a chalky finish. Flavors are very nice, with a less overtly lactic thing happening than its in-state cousin DR. Tons of chocolate and cream, but with notable additions of roasts, anise, and burnt caramel. Very tasty stuff, vying for the in-state crown. Plovmand (8685) - Grindsted, DENMARK - DEC 1, 2010
Bottle. Pitch black body with a creamy thick light tan head. The aroma is sweet tobacco, chocolate, coffee, hard roasted malt and some ripe dark fruit. The flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and lighter notes of hops. Creamy texture. Very good. emacgee (4711) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Pours an opaque black allowing hints of copper light and producing one finger of creamy tan head. Nose is rich with bakers chocolate and black cherry skins, notes of caramel and leather with a hint of fruit. Flavor is dark and smooth with a present but not overwhelming roast followed by bakers chocolate and coffee with ephemeral hints of fruit. Full bodied with a velvety palate.
deyholla (12590) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to my Secret Santa! Poured near black with a brown head that lasted throughout the beer. Aroma was full of roasted malts with dark grains, chocolate and a hint of slight coffee. Flavor was also full of roasted dark grains with a bit of coffee coming out in the finish. chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2011
From the cellar at Foothills brewpub, Winston-Salem NC in 2006. This hadn’t been officially released yet so many thanks to Jamie for rustling up this preview from the cellar. Looked great - pitch black, with a lasting, thick brown head. Big burnt malt aroma with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Quite rich, dark chocolate on the palate with some firm hops and a strong roasty bitterness. Quite dry and fairly bitter. Full, firm mouthfeel but also smooth. Drinks nicely - the alcohol is not intrusive or distracting at all. Superb stuff and it’s only going to get better.
evr1dr (145) - Virginia, USA - MAR 8, 2011
Bomber thanks to Scott. Pours dark with lively tan head. Nose of vanilla, cocoa and toffee. Bitter taste of roasted malt, espresso, and dark fruit. Creamy mouthfeel for the style. Well done. jtclockwork (17654) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Bottle at Max’s tasting. Black with brown head. Nose and taste of roasted chocolate, dry chocolate malt, coffee and light coconut. tgncc (3145) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Tasting at MaxxDaddy’s house. The aroma is nice, chocolate, vanilla cream, coffee. The appearance is deep brown, tan head. The flavor is just like the aroma. The finish is sweet, light hop bittering. medium in body. Very good.