wchesser (2122) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2017
Bottle from homer321-thanks! Enjoyed at an unofficial work ski day at Arapahoe Basin. Dark black with thick head. Nose is maple, smoked bacon, dark roast and dark chocolate malts. Taste is off dry. Flavors of dark roast malts, smokey bacon, maple syrup, vanilla. Very smooth and balanced. Very rich for this ABV. Awesome stuff. SG111 (1980) - New York, USA - APR 9, 2017
UPDATED: APR 9, 2017 Bottled. 2017 vintage. Pours black, big tan head. Aroma is really nice maple syrup, plenty of roasted coffee, chocolate, little bacony grease, and smoke. Smells like waffle crisp cereal, really awesome. That maple syrup comes through perfectly. Flavor is maple syrup, roasted coffee, chocolate, little. Smokey, some more of that greasy salty bacon, little bit of pepper spice. all so balanced. Soft mouthfeel without being too thin but would prefer if this was closer to 10%. Flavor is perfect basically but the mouthfeel is just too thin. Really damn good overall. Scopey (15522) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 26, 2017
Bottle via trade, shared at Matty O’s leaving tasting. It pours jet black with a thick light tan head. The aroma is is insanely rich and sweet, massive maple syrup character which dominates, toasty, smoked character, chocolate, treacle and a touch of coffee. The taste is slick, rich, toasty grain, roasted malt, coffee, creamy, maple glazed donuts, cookie dough and smoke action with a slick, sweet finish. Medium - full body and fine carbonation. Ludicrous stuff. Thankfully taste is not actually as sweet as the aroma would suggest. Pretty much America in a bottle. Tasty in small doses, but wouldn’t want to chug the whole bottle. Fun stuff. klm1 (1786) - Bled/SF, - MAR 25, 2017
UPDATED: APR 9, 2017 Pours dark brown, almost black opaque with foamy long lasting light brown head. Aroma -flavors are without contest: intesne slightly sticky maple, perfectly blended with coffee, chocolate, roasted, toasted toffee, hint of peat, hint of dark fruits esters...finish is slightly sticky dry. Body is medium, texture velvetly smooth, almost creamy, carbonation is moderate. slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - MAR 25, 2017
#2 porter in the world, and I can see why. Possibly the best I’ve ever had!
Deep brown pour with smooth tan head. Aroma and flavor are so expertly balance between maple and coffee especially, with lighter roast, caramel and bacon in the background. Exquisite flavor and nose. Body was sooooo smooth and robust for a 6% beer. I see why FB is seen as the best at brewing beers that taste like other things. This was a masterpiece.
Theydon_Bois (20497) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2017
Bottle split at RBWG ’16 hotel lobby share, thanks to Homer Eine Zwei Drei, 01/02/16.
Black with a well appointed tan covering that retains well.
Nose is chocolate, spice, maple syrup, popcorn, light smoked bacon and malt.
Taste comprises coffee, chocolate, spice, maple, toasted brown sugar, tangy fruit licks, sweet and sour, molasses.
Medium + body, oily feel, light booze tickle at the curtain call.
Well balanced and fun porter ... the smoke keeps the sweetness in check. TaktikMTL (7921) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 17, 2017
Bouteille de 22 oz partagée lors d’une dégustation entre amis. Arôme: Ça sent le déjeuner dans un diner américain. Du bacon, du café et du sirop. Apparence: La couleur est noire. Présence d’un moyen col beige mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de chocolat avec une pointe de bacon fumé et de sirop artificiel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Légère présence de vanille en arrière goût. (Rating #7402) Tognetta (951) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - MAR 15, 2017
(2017 bottle) Totalmente negra e turva, espuma marrom cremosa de ótima formação e persistência. No aroma bastante café e maple, intensa. No paladar de médio dulçor e amargor. Corpo denso e média carbonatação. Final tende ao maple e leve defumado, adocicada e torrada. Muito bem equilibrada, boa drinkability. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAR 13, 2017
22, capped. Thanks, R! (I think). Pours an opaque ebony with a dense and creamy dark tan head. Nose is...well, maple, bacon, and coffee, though in reverse of that. Coffee is the strongest note. Creamy thick-ish body with persistent carb. Mid palate is the same, lots of coffee, some salty sweet smoky bacon, and then a finish of sweet maple sugar. Weirdly appealing, and hard to describe in any greater detail than what the name gives you tautologically. OmegaX (1375) - Florida, USA - MAR 11, 2017
Bottle from Grapevine Wine and Spirits. Aroma is smoke and chocolate. Flavor is semi/sweet chocolate and maple syrup. Full bodied flavor for a 6.4% beer. Very balanced and enjoyable