downender (8891) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2013
On draught at a restaurant in Alexandria, November 2013. decnet black coffee and plain chocolate notes, before some roasty malts and dryish finish. Very good. keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2013
No bottling information.catface5326 (154) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Appearance: The body appears an opaque black, but some murky chestnut hues can be seen slightly through the edges. Upon closer inspection I can clearly see sediment, which is odd. The head is tall an persistent though, very dense and pillowy. The head very slowly dissipates unevenly into a dense and short khaki covering.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit weak, but syrupy bittersweet chocolate comes to mind immediately with a sweet malt backing. There’s a very slight hint of roasted malts and some figs hiding in the back as well.
Taste: The intro quickly shows some fig and dark chocolate that runs through the mid-taste and almost completely through the finish. The chocolate becomes a bit sweet by the end and a light roast is noted. Throughout fig flavors underlie everything, accenting the dark malts nicely. A sweet, sort of sugary, chocolate lingers for a moment, perhaps some brown sugar. This leans sweet but it’s not too far off balance.
Palate: Full-bodied, almost chewy.
Overall: This is a solid porter and I would likely sing praise if I didn’t know of Founders or Great Lakes. This holds it’s own with them and I wouldn’t be surprised to see some prefer this beer. I find this to be skewed a little sweet, but very drinkable with a nice ABV. This would go well with light desert.
Full bodied dark brown medium head when poured from a bottle. Chocolate coffee aftertaste. Very good beer. Imaena (2359) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 2, 2013
Draught at Black Finn in Vienna VA. This is a solid down the line porter that hits all of the stylistic marks. gripweed57 (2868) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Opaque black color with a medium-sized bubbly tan head. Rich mocha malt nose. Creamy roasted malt flavor has notes of cocoa and coffee. Balanced nicely with spicy hops in the finish. This is very straight-forward tasty porter.
tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep brown, near black, with medium tan head and light lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit, coffee. Medium body, sweet and roasty. Light bitterness and carb. Nice porter. Bamsen78 (5562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 11, 2013
Draught @ Fire Works, Arlington, VA. Pours cloudy very dark brown with small tan head. Clear aroma of malt, caramel, coffee and roast. Roasty flavour with malty and caramellish notes. Warming but unobtrusive alcohol presence. Sourish aftertaste of coffee beans. Very well balanced. Very good. kermis (14553) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 8, 2013
Draft sample at Rustico, Alexandria. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma of roast, caramel, chocolate, a little fruity, toffee. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter. Light full bodied with soft carbonation. Derek881 (1272) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Poured this beer from a regular bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a thick black pour and color, was a touch syrupy, and had a big, dark, tan creamy head with average retention, but great lacing and good cling. Its aroma had some earthy and floral hops, mixed with notes of caramel, chocolate, molasses, and a bit of fruit and yeast. It had a sweet malty taste with notes of lighter fruit, molasses and chocolate, and a slight earthy bitterness. It was a wet and full-bodied beer with a good creamy mouthfeel that had average carbonation and a dry finish. hman43 (1775) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUN 26, 2013
The beer has a very pleasant chocolate smell to it. The head is medium bodied that clings to the side as it disappears. The color is black. It have an extremely rich taste that has a hint of bitterness.