Blackbarrel (116) - new york, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2006
darkest head, predominate sweetness, yet still lets you know its a serious beer.
Gentle on the mouth, coffee, carramel, alcohol, in the background.
goes so well with lamb, its uncanny. pubbe (493) - Højbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 7, 2006
Pretty dark brown with offwhite mostly diminishing head. Lots of cask wood in the aroma followed up by some burnt malt and some spice (cinnamon?). On the palate it feels smooth and creamy, but this is exactly its weakness. The promised spicieness is dominated by the heavy cask wood and the maltiness. In despite of the fairly long finish, it seems not really balanced. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Absolutely magnificent looking in the glass, almost black, but just light enough to see that it is crystal clear. Head is off-white, creamy with excellent retention and good lacing. Aroma of whiskey, vanilla, chocolate and dates, and some earthy tones too. The mouthful is so smooth, again with chocolate, brown sugar, crystal malt sweetness and some delightful fuggles flavours. The body feels very thick and full, almost like there are some oats in there. The finish gives some alcohol, roast and hop bitterness, medium lasting... but ultimately very clean. A remarkable beer. GarethYoung (1111) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
[bottle from Hacket] Roasted coffee aroma, soem fruit, medium body, bitter dark chocolate finish. Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2006
Aroma: Liquorice, burnt, dark syrup, molasses, cacao, cocanut?, coconut, malt. Appearance: redblack, clear but near opaque, beigebrowntinted white head. Flavor: sweet, bitter, burnt (like wood), full-bodied, fantastic. Palate: pretty good, some stickyness, full-bodied, smooth.
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 5, 2006 Bottle. Pours a very dark violet/burgundy, almost black, with orange at the edges. Head was almost non-existant. Beautiful aroma of burnt coffee and dark chocolate. The taste is almost all burnt coffee which provided a bitter finish, with the chocolate that was very present in the aroma being almost undetectable. I am not a very big fan of the coffee taste of porters and stouts, and this was no different for me, but this is the closest I will come to enjoying one. Mouthfeel is full but thins out in the finish. If you like porters and stouts, this is THE beer for you... but not for me. siokaos (12) - USA - AUG 29, 2006
Rich and Dark, true to the labelling. I’m not sure why this isn’t a smoked porter, perhaps it’s unintentional. It tastes almost woodsy. This porter has head unlike most-- it blocks up my tongue like I just drank something thicker. Overall, a great bear, worth the price. It’s got great aroma, flavor, and aftertaste. pinkzambia (2069) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 26, 2006
1 Pint, 0.9 oz Bottle: Black as an eclipse with a tan head and sticky lacing. The aroma is tangy, almost metallic, with burnt nuts and soft chocolate. The taste is similar with burn flavors, charcoal, and rich chocolate. It has a full feel followed by a thin finish. The aftertaste is bitter coffee grounds - quite wonderful! NosirIwont (2573) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2006
Bottle. Pours dark red/brown with a thick, fluffy beige/brown head. Great, strong aroma; sweet, creamy and roasted with notes of chocolate. Bitter and sweetish flavour with roasted notes. Finish is bitter with strong notes of coffee and a dry end. Slight notes of apple which feels a bit interfering. Could use a more soft body, possibly by less carbonation. 25-08-06. snowden719 (130) - Arizona, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Pours black, with a touch of redness in the light with a medium slight off white head. Aroma is a touch small, but with a nice roasted malt, bit of chocalate malt, small amount of coffee. Flavor is dominated by the roasted malt, with a nice level of bitterness in the finish. Hops don’t really add much flavor outside of bittering. Mouthfeel is very dry.