nearbeer (5516) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2016 Cybercat (5960) - Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Comes out of the tap black - not sable, not very very very dark brown, but BLACK, black as Darth Vader’s armor, with a fine-bubbled tan head that leaves generous lacing. Smoky aroma has a strong note of quality roast coffee and hints of chocolate and licorice. Flavor has a roast malt core and notes of quality mocha and molasses with a hint of caramel, fairly sweet but not overly so. Texture is a teeny on the thin side for a porter, but has good fizz and smoothness. Very worthy!
Half growler. Pours jet black with just a smattering of creamy, nitro-looking foam on top. Aroma is dark roast coffee with a bit of cream and caramel. Front tastes of graham cracker, coffee and dark toast. Bits of ash and a little lactose in the long aftertaste. Near-medium body has a carbonation level that’s nearly flat, but a very sessionable balance. rondphoto (4483) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2015
on tap @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Opaque brown/black color, smooth beige head, sheets of lace. Appealing aroma of roasted malt. Taste is velvety smooth roasted malt that swells into a lightly fizzed swallow, then glides to a rich, chocolatey finish. This is better than Left Hand Milk Stout, which is a solid brew in its own right. Superb!! SudsMcDuff (8462) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 31, 2015
On nitro for the dinks .. Dark brown .. Solid cream head .. Light lacing .. Mild roast and german chocolate cake dust .. Medium feel and a nice finish .. . . Nice wall you got there mister! You got any more of ’em!?tmoreau (4513) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Earlier Rating: 8/12/2013 Total Score: 3.9
Had on draft at Nobi ,,, pours a deep brown black, lacing is well off .. Nice and toasty, like a piece of burnt toastie .. . Mouth is decent and i’m a lemon headed son of a bitch!!
Draft at Ellyn’s Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and tulip served showing a black/brown hue, with frothy, deep tan head foam that spilled over the rim, and foamy cling to the curtainy lacing. The nose was roasted, cocoa, and coffee notes of smooth malt, with touches of nuttiness, and caramel & toffee sweetness. The taste was similar notes, with moderate, roasted & earthy bitterness, sufficient carbonation, a little less than medium bodied, but pleasant silkiness to the mouthfeel. Nearly robust in all facets except texture, which was nicely solved by the nitro push. Quite tasty! MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 15, 2014
On nitro at Whole Foods in Market Square, Fairfax, VA.
Opaque, near black with a fine, light tan head and fabulous lacing.
Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate and roasted malt.
Taste of roasted coffee, cocoa, vanilla, caramel and roasted malt.
Medium/light body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2014
Draft. Creamy tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light milk chocolate, caramel. Taste is moderately sweet, coffee, some roast, light milk chocolate. Creamy medium body, light stickiness. kaser (6364) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Poured from draft at Sheffields. Black with brown foamy head. Creamy as hell taste and mouthfeel. Cocoa, vanilla, milk, and cream chocolate taste. Like a milk shake. Delicious beerdnstone (3442) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Earlier Rating: 2/7/2014 Total Score: 3.8
Draft pour from whole foods in Lincoln park. Jet black with off white head. Sweet, raisin, cocoa aroma. Chocolate milk and slightly but taste. Smooth. Creamy pallette. Tasty beer
Aroma is a nice roast coffee. Smooth roasty porter w coffee notes. Deep brown, black color with soft tan head
Notes: On nitro at the brewery for GABF 14
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 5, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 9-6-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – Served a deep-deep brown nearly black beer with a one finger tan head. The head a faded relatively fast to give light lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of roasted and dark smells. Coffee is the strongest, but there is a strong presence of chocolate, and some char and roasted malt as well. Rounding these out is a light caramel aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with the roasted malts, some chocolate, sweet caramel and a good dose of coffee. The caramel however fades and as the coffee grows stronger in taste the brew bitters in taste ever so lightly. These slightly bitter dark flavors take the taste to the end where a light char flavor and some sweetness comes back to the tongue, helping to deliver an overall very roasty flavor.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium side with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. A little thicker body may have been better for the roasted and dark flavors, but the feel is not bad as it accentuates the easy drinking nature.
Overall – The beer is a nice, semi-sweet roasty brew. Good if you are feeling something with a good dose of roast, but that is yet still very easy drinking and “light” in body.
AWISLguy (3234) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2014
1 day old from growler from Ray’s in Tosa’s new "growler gallery". Pours a very, very dark brown with a tan head leaving light spots of lace. Aroma is coffee ... and coffee. Fresh green coffee beans, with rich, roasty espresso kicking in behind. Later some lactose and some caramel show through. Taste is of sweet cocoa, heavy roast, sweet milk chocolate, and some caramel malt. Actually a bit thin - likely medium bodied. Finishes more sweet than bitter on that bitter-sweet scale, but with solid enough roast to maintain some balance. A nice fresh - coffee forward - brew! 14.1