thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
(22oz bomber) clear copper, lasting soapy bubbles. Nose of chocolate, agave, cocoa and florals. Taste of chocolate and caramel, hoppy, and an oily body. Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. My first beer from Karl Strauss.
The beer pours a brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a very nice mix of roasted malt and chocolate, as well as some oaked notes. The flavor is more of the same, with a few added additions. I get a lot of chocolate and roasted malt notes – as you expect in a porter – but I also get some oak and dark fruit notes. The fruit is very wine-like and really adds to the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A great beer with a great name. Definitely a beer to try if you get the chance. JohnnyJ (5562) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown, slightly red pour, with thin off-white bubbly head. Chocolate, molasses, fruit, raisin, light red grape, sweet caramel, and earth. Actually pretty decent, especially for Karl Strauss, probably the best one from them that I have tried. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head and soda-like carbonation. Aroma and taste of coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla but disappointingly almost no port barrel evident. mar (5415) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep brown with ruby highlights and a cream head. nose is wood, roasted malts, fruits, and light port wine. easy on the palate, flavor is wood and dark fruits, smooth finish, port in the finish.
Cavie (4717) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle courtesy exiled. Orange colored pour. Light carbonation. Aroma is sweet malt, caramelly but remains light. Flavor is sweet but has a sharp element. Peanutty flavor. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2011
Bomber from stevefinny on BA - thanks! Karl Strauss has been crushing the seasonals, and this one’s another fine brew from them. Thick, gleaming dark brown pour with moderate carbonation. Nose has plenty of the yummy Baltic quality one would expect, but also has plum jam, Italian roast, and the barrel. Mouthfeel is thick and silky, a trace of heat on the finish. Figs, currants, and cocoa come together with a very unassuming barrel that lends part vinous and part tannins to the beer. I actually found myself wanting more of the vinous barrel character, so kudos to the brewer for being understated! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2011
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a spongy beige head. Nose is coffee bean, cocoa, hay and black olive. Medium body with soft carb; oily and a bit sticky. Taste is chocolate, Mexican coffee, salty licorice and sweet port wine. Finishes dry with raw peanut. I was skeptical but this works well as a winter warmer. Barrel aging adds spice and depth. alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2010
Bottle; poured a dark brown color with a large, semi-frothy dark khaki head. Aroma of fruit, caramel, roasted malt, wood, alcohol, brown sugar. Flavor had much more a chocolate flavor, which was really nice. Fruit, caramel, oak, dark fruit and a hint of coffee. Smooth and just the touch of the barrel. Very easy to drink. Very good. madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2012
Bottle shared by cptnspeed1 (i think)...thanks Brad (I think)! - Pours mahogany with a thin tan head. Nose is molasses, brown sugar, lots of sweet, bready malt--but I don’t smell any of the port barrel. Taste is a little less sweet, with more maltiness and a raisin notes. Big, thick, and slick. This one has the emphasis on the sweet and decadent, but I really hoped for the port to make more of a presence.