Doofgoblin (513) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAR 11, 2013
The aroma is immediately fruity and almost reminiscent of a sour with strong grape tones and a slightly mustiness. Pours a brown nearly dark tea color. Taste is totally different from the aroma. It’s smooth malty and somewhat chocolaty with barely any fruit notes except on the end. Finishes faintly fruity with a smooth mouth feel. Really good but can’t help but think that this might age or evolve in to something really special--even a sour perhaps? Ratman197 (14970) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2013
On tap at Odell poured a clear dark reddish brown with a lasting creamy tan head. Aromas of roastiness, bitter chocolate and light vinous notes. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla, light vinous notes and light roastiness with a smooth lingering chocolate finish. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Dark mahogany pour with crimson at its core and chestnut edges. Thin latte head. Aroma of musty grape skin, cherry flesh, and cocoa-dusted raisins. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, tart plum, roasted malt, along with some tannic tones. Fairly complex, unique, solid. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2013
750 ml bottle from Total Wine - Pours a hazy brown color with a two and a half finger thick light tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma is light grapes and dusty malt. Flavor is esters and chocolate malt with hints of red wine. The esters linger in the finish. Medium body. A nice beer. kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - MAR 7, 2013
Pleasant cocoa aroma. Terrific head that sits around for a nice bit. Flavor is IMMENSE - roasted cocoa boozy tangy goodness that goes on for ages. Love how it is lighter bodied than the stouts. Sampled several new styles tonight, but had to pour an extra of this imp porter - a little sample was not enough. Great stuff!
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Pours super crazy with deep 2 inch brown sugar color head. Aromatics hit with normal porter notes (chocolate, sugar, molasses) it finishes with lots of grape/red wine tannic notes. Flavor hits with quick complexities that do not last. Lots of chocolate, slight brown sugar, tannins, and some barrel characters. Great brew! daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 4, 2013
Deep brown pour, tan head. Roasted malt, prunes, red wine notes, tannins, tartness, tart cherries. Cool beer. Much better as it warms. wchesser (2084) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2014 At Boulder Strong Ale. Pretty flat and standard roasted and caramel malt porter nose, with some fruit if you look for it. Taste is complex though-solid porter profile with tart fruit and mild wine tannins. This will definitely improve with some age. Probably better warmer, but didn’t have the luxury of waiting to savor a small taster at Strong Ale. Have a bottle and after trying it, plan to get more for cellaring.
>>Bottle with about a year on it. Some red wine fruit, coffee, and other standard porter elements on the nose. Taste has come together from what I remember, with nice porter core and tart red wine. HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - MAR 2, 2013
750ml corked and caged bottle served in a tulip. Poured a deep brown with some red hints. A couple of fingers of tan head. Chocolate malt and some fruit in the aroma. Medium to full bodied. Some more chocolate along with vanilla from the oak in the flavor. A little fruit comes through especially as it warms. Alcohol is well hidden. Very smooth and rich. This experiment works for me. Very drinkable beer, although pretty expensive at $15. ajnepple (6701) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap at Black Bottle Brewery. Black with a tan head. The aroma and flavor is wine, herbs, wood, roasted malts, dark fruit and grape juice. Pretty interesting flavor with a nice, dry feel and finish.