thornecb (6022) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 21, 2012
Pours black into a tulip. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to coat surface. Chocolate, toast and nut aromas. Medium to thin bodied with sweet chocolate and roasted nuts front to back with a lasting smoky resin finish. AirForceHops (7693) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Draft at the brew pub. Served in a tulip glass. Deep brown in color. Nose is just slight chocolate. Decent head retention. Good flavors of roasted malt, slight coffee grounds and light dark fruit. Medium body with a creamy texture. This batch was 7.35 ABV. I couldn’t detect it at all. Very easy to drink and I did order a second. Well crafted. regspeir (199) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2010
Bottle into a tumbler.
Pours a dark brown with a smallish light tan head. Lacing is modest. The nose is roasted malt, some coffee, molasses and toffee. Taste is roasted malts, vanilla, some bitter chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is creamy, full-bodied and not a lot of carbonation. This is a sipper, although you don’t notice the 9% - a pleasingly complex example of the style. phaleslu (10553) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Draft at the brewpub as tart of a tasting rack the night before Kate Day 2010. Pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, roasted malts, and some dark fruits (plum stands out). The same notes hit in the flavor, but more rich and robust than the nose by a little.
Medium bodied, smooth, roasty, and sweet. Average carbonation. Really nice beer. Jblauvs (1358) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Black pour wit brown edges. Beige head.
Aroma is Molasses, Dark Chocolate malt, Booze, and some lightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is medium with some creaminess. Flavor is bitter chocolate, booze, some dark sugar and fruits, dates, plum is very evident. Tasty stuff
puboflyons (3469) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2010
On tap at the Portsmouth Brewery. It pours very dark brown to black with a thin tan head and ruby hues when held to the light. The aroma is of dark malts, mild hops, grains and cereal. The mouthfeel is creamy and slick and of heavier texture. The taste starts out with subtle malts and hops but then it ends dry but bold. Nice beer. Goodgrief (2056) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. I really liked this. Dark pour with a smallish head, but nice lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate and mild coffee and roasted notes. A rich fullness of flavors...coffee, chocolate and suprisingly even a strong fruity presence with no one flavor intruding on the others. This was masterfully smooth, sweet and enjoyable. The Portsmouth Brewery will be my home away from home when business calls me back to town. Ibrew2or3 (8808) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 5, 2009
Bottle courtesy Gillard. Pours a striking mahogany with tan head and spotty lacing. The aroma is mostly caramel and dark fruity esters to go along with some toffee and even more caramel. The taste starts with roastiness, dark fruity esters and some caramel. By midway a tasty dry burnt malt note intercedes and takes over the flavor adding balance to the sweet way the beer started. It ends even, smooth and dry with fading dark fruitiness. Love the flavor here. Nice. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2009
22oz bottle courtesy of MrRetardedMonkey poured into a tulip.
Pours dark brown out of the bottle and sits almost completely black in the glass. Hints of mahogany show through the edges. The tan head is huge and fluffy, leaving great lacing and maintaining a cap throughout.
The aroma is mostly dark chocolate malts and some coffee with a slightly toasted character overall. It’s a little light in the aroma for a Baltic porter honestly, but great for a regular porter.
The taste was a little more robust than the aroma suggested with a thicker dark malt backbone with a sweet chocolate layer and some roasted coffee in the mix. The finish actually has a slight hop bitterness to it that I definitely didn’t get in the aroma.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for an imperial porter, though it’s pretty solid given the ABV.
I’m not exactly sure how to categorize this beer. I reallly enjoyed it and it’s extremely drinkable. I don’t think it stands up to the better Baltic/imperial porters out there as it’s much lighter in taste and body than those. Anyway, a very good porter. HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Thanks to Gillard for sharing! Poured black with brown edges and a thin light beige head. Nose is chocolate and roasted malt. Flavor is very roasted with hints of bitter chocolate, coffee, hard roasted malt, and maybe a touch of anise. Finishes roasted with mild bitterness.