Strykzone (7800) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2017
Bomber from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. A big tan head leaves heavy lacing. The beer is dark brown and opaque. Looks to be "meatier" than most. Nose is chocolate, tobacco, earthy, and grain. I taste chocolate syrup and it is big. Some of that tobacco. Gentle fruit, too, and subtle bourbon notes. Alcohol is also tasted. Ron mentions burnt malts and they are definitely there. A hint of soy, too. Not overly complex but nicely done. hayduke (5731) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 5, 2017
This was a joint tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours dark brown being close to black with a dark and big bubbled tan head. Attractive pour. Nose is chocolate, and some coffee. Medium plus body. Flavor is milk chocolate and generally burnt malt. The finish, as it warms, brings a little bourbon and a little vanilla. Along with coffee bitterness. Quite tasty overall. Nice imperial porter. brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 9, 2016
On tap @ Beer Revolution. Black beer with a thin layer of tan foam. Hot fudge and coffee grounds to start things out. Some booze, roasted malts, and milk chocolate. Quite sweet in taste, much more than I expected. A decent touch of roast and coffee, but quickly overshadowed by intense chocolate sweet things like fudge and brownies. illidurit (2356) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 2, 2015
On tap at Hog’s Apothecary. Pours deep brown with a cocoa head. Aroma has chocolate sauce and a bit of peppery alcohol. Flavor isn’t really that robust for a 9% beer. Cocoa powder, lots of coffee character, quick finish with old coffee aftertaste. Dfonorow (2318) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of rich chocolate and not much else. Flavor is of chocolate, vanilla, roast, coffee, and creamer. Vanilla and roast on the finish.
GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Tap at The Salted Pig. Pours inky black with thinner coffee foam. Nose is tootsie roll, malted milk balls. Taste is quite sweet, dessert like with hot chocolate, tootsie roll, milk chocolate. Sweet, a bit sticky, no hop balance. bigaddie (75) - - DEC 7, 2012
Rich dark pour from tap at church key. A decent head that disappears in five mins and not much of lacing and it.
Has a classic porter odor with a mild cocoa presence but nothing to go to town with. The taste however has far more complexity. Nice medley of malt and bitterness with good dark chocolate or cocoa taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone phaleslu (10899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Pours a deep, opaque cocoa brown with a finger of brown head that settles into a lasting ring and film. Rich, chocolaty nose, with faint notes of vanilla to go with earth, roasted malts, coffee, and cream. The flavor is a richer, sweeter version of the same. The body thins out a little quickly, though. Moderate carbonation, sweet, and roasty, and pretty smooth, but just left my palate quicker than I wanted it to. Other than that, a tasty, good-looking brew. bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Chocolate and malt aroma. Chocolate and malt flavor with light toffee. Medium bodied. Chocolate and light malt linger with light toffee. Dogbrick (14326) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2012
Sample at GABF 10/11/2012, thanks to Bluemeow76 for assistance with note-taking. The beer is brownish-black with a medium tan head and a partial top ring of lacing. Aroma of chocolate, malt and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of chocolate malt, vanilla and subtle oaky bourbon. The finish is slightly boozy with a cocoa aftertaste. Pretty good overall.