bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 29, 2007
Black bottle pour consisting of an amber-colored halo and a small tan head. Nutty, malt oriented aroma with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and some fruit. Great silky mouth feel leading to a big malt, hazelnut, and mocha taste. muzzlehatch (4951) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2007
500 ml bottle from Blue Max in Burnsville, MN (June 2007, consumed a bit below cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. The fluffy medium-tan head dies slowly, leaving thick and chunky lacing atop the opaque ebon-hued nectar....strongly roasty nose offers bitter dark chocolate and espresso beans, a hint of old port, a faint whisper of vanilla and caramel, perhaps a breeze of dates, in short just what I’m wanting in a fine porter....the flavor picks up nicely, with a bit of nutty (walnuts or pecans) character joining the roasty cold chocolaty cowboy coffee....it’s quite smooth and easy to drink, and therein lies the only small flaw to me, as a bit too much sweetness emerges and there is a faint cloying aspect from the middle through the finish, enhanced by the low carbonation....still quite pleasant, if not spectacular. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2007
Black in colour, rich lingering tan coloured head, great lacing. The aroma is sweet and rich, dark chocolate, light liquorice, coffee and light alcohol. The flavour is of chocolate, quite sweet, lots of malt, roasty, nutty, some coffee. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium/high carbonation. Finishes long, sweet with some alcohol heat. The sweetness starts to come through more than the roast as this start to warm up. Quite good and warming.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2007
500ml bottle from the <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/new-york target=blank>Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York graciously picked up for me by <a
href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>IPFreely, many thanks Tim.
Opened on June 2, 2007.
No best before date.
Very deep, dark brown to virtually black pour. Small tan colored head that settles to a thin foamy layer. Small patches of lacing noted. The aroma is big time dark coffee and bitter baker’s chocolate. The flavor follows suit almost exactly. The coffee is so imposing in this one that I didn’t really get any of the dried fruit. It’s pretty bitter, though it does mellow out a bit as it warms. Medium body that goes down moderately smooth and leaves a long coffee finish. Decent brew, but too much in-your-face coffee and not enough depth. grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Bottle shared by DYC. Ample light brown head superimposed on a very, very dark brown body. Acidic aroma: anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate. More acidity early in flavor, wisps of smokey and evergreen bitterness. Very creamy, brashly roasty finish.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - AUG 25, 2007
Coffeelike brownish black. Almost non existent head. Nose has liqorice, roasted coffee, chocolate. Flavor has almost the same, heavy on the licorice. Bitter sweetness. Leaves a long roasted aftertaste. Nice smooth carb. Another good Nogne. beerbill (3616) - Laurel, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with a moderate light brown head that faded fairly quickly to a thin brown film. Very nice aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee. Not quite as flavorful as the aroma would indicate. Roasted malt was the dominant flavor along with some bitter coffee and tobacco. Very light vanilla flavor comes through near the finish. A solid porter, but it seems a bit over-hyped. SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 23, 2007
In the bottle. Black with a dark brownish beige head that thins to a fine covering atop the beer. Milk chocolate and mild coffee, chicory and licorice aroma. Body is thin and a bit watery for the big aroma. Roasted malt and a mild splash of coffee flavor tossed in. This is a good porter, but not quite up to the high ratings it is getting here. jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 22, 2007
Bottle. Opaque black with a medium tan head. Prominent roasty mocha nose, very nice. Mmmm very deep, roasty rich chocolately flavor with the perfect amount of caramel sweetness underneath. Very well balanced with a little citrus hop note in there. Not astringent or bitter. The takeaway flavor is caramel chocolatey goodness. Alcohol content very well hidden. Doesn’t have a thick body like some stouts; more like classic medium/light porter body with soft carbonation. Very flavorful and drinkable. Highly recommended. austinpowers (2828) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2007
Really burnt and bitter. Not my thing, but loads of malt - it’s actually like a stout.