caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 24, 2008
Opaque black, thin cream-colored head, milk chocolate and malt aroma that continues into the flavor with a mild hop bitterness. tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 22, 2008
Bottle. Pours on the black side of brown with a small tan head. The aroma is slight molasses with lots of roasted character and burnt fruitiness, maybe a little bit of chocolate, and a distant hint of tobacco. The flavor is a slight burnt acidity at first, followed by a quick burst of dark fruits and a little bit of chocolate. Then it gradually dries out, eventually coming to a fairly bitter, woody finish. Ok. MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 21, 2008
Bottle- Pours a deep cola brown, topped with a foamy mocha cap, leaving minute lace. Nose is of wood, cherries, dark chocolate, and a musty, dank, port wine. Nice semi-sweet dark chocolate flavours here, with cherries, smoke, wood, some milk chocolate coming through in the finish with some nice round bitterness. The finish is creamy with good roast lingering. DerWeg (1708) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
330ml bottle Poured a deep pretty chestnut with a tall whitish dense head... Low carbonation Smells like bitter chocolate and roasty grains.. Good malty body and just enough bitter hops, not overly roasty bitter finish. Dark fruit, licorice candy and pipe tobacco aromas. Like a serious porter. mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - FEB 20, 2008
bottle 330ml at OpusK blind test
color: dark, pale brown head
Taste:dryish, roasted malts, some oiliness like Koff porter, spices, tiny hops
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
Pours as you would expect, as dark as motor oil, with a quickly dimishing beige head. Aroma is BIG, with lots and lots of chocolate, roasty malt, and light caramel. The flavour is tasty, a little thin, but pretty close to on par, in a way its a good thing, it raises the drinkability a bit. A bit sweet at first, with some chocolate, roasted malts, in the middle, a touch of sweetness at the end, and then a light licorice flavour in the finish. All and all a tasty brew that does pretty much all the right things, just a tad thin on flavour and a little watery on the tongue. But I will certainly still be drinking a few more of these. masto (77) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle. Pitch Black beer with no head, Lots of carbonation bubbles come to the top instead. Powerful aroma of bitter chocolate and yeast. Smells like engine oil :) Porter-like strong taste has chocolate, lemon and roasted malt. Bitter dry oily finish. Medium body. Has character and complexity. Splendid. 180208 robinvboyer (4754) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
330ml bottle from the LCBO.
black pour with a small beige head. Aroma is very roasy, and smokey with a touch of soy sauce. Flavour is very roasty, and a touch bitter with a very creamy mouthfeel, the soy sauce flavour is still there, but not a prevalent. A very nice beer, kinda like a cross between a porter, and a very roasty oatmeal stout. VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
330 ml bottle - pours very, very dark brown for an old ale. Looks very much like a porter, with it’s sticky, two-finger tan cap. Gorgeous aroma of sweet milk chocolate, some green hops, dry cocoa, vanilla, and a touch of booze. Dry chocolate in the mouth with a long finish that goes from sweet to lactic to slightly bitter. Wow, this is good stuff, and it improves as it warms in the glass. Very smooth and chocolatey, I don’t know what else to say; it’s GREAT!!!! pootzboy (1804) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2008
Decanted a deep dark chestnut color with a 3 finger mocha colored meringue cap...moderate head retention, laces well. Modest carbonation
The Nose: bitter chocolate, dark roasted husks and sour cherry with a wisp of musty wet hay. Delightful..almost like a flavored stout.
Profile: Roasty-malty body balanced by grassy kent golding bittering and the patent malt husk astringence. Midway you get some complexity with berry fruit tastes, figs, cocoa, tobacco, licorice. Finishes wet and goes slightly to the sweet side with lots of lingering chocolate-cherry tastes.
A lovely dark beer ...not in character with an "old ale" at all...had i tried this blindfolded, I’d have pegged it as a chocolate-porter.