jredmond (8839) - New York, New York, USA - APR 20, 2015
Bottle brought to Clockwork’s 10k tasting, April 19th 2015. Pours a deep black body with thick tan lacing. Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and notes of burnt roast, chocolate, deep malt, oak, root, and chocolate syrup. Nice. vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, porter and chocolate aromas. Flavors are dark malt, roasted, and chocolate tones. boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - APR 15, 2015
22oz bomber: This one pours a fairly opaque, inky dark brown color. There was foamy light brown head on it. It has a good nose. Chocolate, some sweetness and roasted malts. The taste is good. Some chocolate sweet malts, with some roastiness in the background. Some hops in the background just knocking down the sweetness, but just letting a little through. Some milkiness to the taste. Slightly more than medium bodied. Nice. jjgmd (2295) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 2, 2015
Shared with Audrie, pours a beautiful pitch black color with a wispy Java head. Nose is sweet malt and sugary coffee. Taste is sweet malt, with sweet espresso and mild licorice.,Finishes on the same tastings notes with a moderately long ending . Very descent Porter. Quaff Score 8 / 10 bubbleflubber (2244) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2015
Pours an opaque black into the glass, with a solid tan head that diminishes to trace lacing. The nose is of chocolate, licorice, caramel and dark esters. Flavors are similar, with cocoa, licorice, burnt caramel, toasted dark fruits, and finishes with a heavy black licorice note. Round mouthfeel, semi-active palate and full body. Nice take on the porter; smooth, the licorice feel is very interesting and accepted. Silky with soft(-ish) carbonation levels, this is a welcome addition to my beer cellar.
ALLOVATE (3089) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2015
Cap explodes off; a waft of roasted carob, milk chocolate, liquorice and Dutch cocoa ensues - bullet lollies anyone? Into a snifter at cellar temperature it goes. After a frantic pour it actually settles quite still with the head depleting rapidly to a mere ring on the meniscus. The beer a midnight brown come inky black. The chocolate and liquorice of the aroma is truly amazing, tight, enticing. And then it falls flat a little. The nose is not complex and that is just it. The palate is balanced to the nines but it is just chocolate and liquorice from go to finish. Milky with a light hint of roast carob upfront, mid-palate, on the swallow and lingering in the aftertaste. Where’s the angst, the aggression, the Porter!? Medium to medium light and relatively smooth. Mineral-like and slightly chalky with just a faint whisper of burnt wood. Dry as it passes the tonsils harbouring the alcohol well. Highly drinkable but far too effortless for a strong Porter. Needs some funk and junk in the trunk!!! (65cL, Bottled 22/09/14, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot) fezzy (105) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2015
Nose and flavor are both strongly dominated by licorice and burnt toffee, covering most all else. I suspect there is enough hopping to balance the syrupy elements that come across via mouthfeel, as the finish isn’t overly sweet, but the aforementioned dominants cover up most else in the profile. Maybe a little tobacco note, but hops and malts are lost. That said, this beer is well-balance and thus quite drinkable. I love licorice but for some reason do not always appreciate it in my beer, but this one is well-done. Not super-complex, due to strong dominant elements, but tasty and drinkable. TimE (6275) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2015
Pitch black color. Dark brown head that quickly dissipates. THe nose is a wonderful melange of dark chocolate, dark fruit, a touch of molasses and liquorice. The mouth is medium body with lots of dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of oxidization due to the beer being one year old, but that actually works really well and adds a dimension. Big dark fruit lingering in the finish with some chocolate character playing in the background. This is a fantastic porter that really shows how different a stout and a porter are. Love this beer. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - FEB 10, 2015
Overall nice. Everything works about this beer, but I feel it’s a bit too subdued. lightbias (455) - USA - JAN 28, 2015
Shallow Grave pours from a bomber into my teardrop "porter" glass and I watch as the inky-brown liquid flows, the head rising almost as quickly as the beer. Topped immediately but impermanently with a huge and soapy, milk-chocolaty foam; the aroma is roasted coffee with a milky sweetness, like my old (looney-tunes!) Great-Aunt Pat used to think kids should drink their coffee. Yuck for coffee, great for beer!
The taste is somewhat sweet and layered over the bitter roasted malt; the flavor reminiscent of a chocolate covered coffee bean with a thin layer of dark caramel underneath. I’m finding the brew less textured than I appreciate, the medium weight a little lighter than I would prefer. A bit more heaviness would carry this off a lot better, I think, and more carbonation would be a key to making this perfect for me. Of course, this isn’t about me, just my opinions, so there you go.
The finish is short, mostly clean for such a heavy coffee flavor, and is not a bad follow through. Of course, as the brew warms, the aromas become more pronounced and that’s lovely, but I have to say that the carb disappears. Converse of the beginning. Hmph. I like it better cooler, so consider that.
All in all, a nice beer, not a favorite, but solid and not a brew I would turn down.