Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2006
Bottle. Black colour with a small brown head. Roasted malty, chocolate, coffee aroma and taste. Medium body with a light dry, light alcoholic finish. ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2006
Pitch black colour with a small light brown head. Malty, light roasted aroma with some coffee bitterness and a vague liqourice note. Light roasted malty flavor with a vague fruityness and some coffee bitterness in the finish. joergen (27983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2006
Dark brown coloured with a beige head.
Light roasted aroma with notes of fruits.
Light roasted flavour with notes of coffee. blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and GregClow -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with a small diminishing tan head. Great nutty aroma with chocolate, caramel malt, dark fruit and coffee -- nice! Enjoyable roasted malt flavour with some chocolate, nuts and coffee and a hoppy bitter finish with a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied. A very good Porter. NachlamSie (3467) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
bottle. Well, this package really started talking a lot of shit from the first time I laid eyes on it. The wax covered cap, the bold claims in the text on the label, the sheer title of the beer, and of course the crown-adorned skeleton. My hopes were high and I made the purchase. I dropped the damned bottle in the parking lot of a hotel in SC and it shattered into a thousand pieces. It smelled good on the pavement, but that was my only impression thus far. I went back to Asheville and made the purchase again because I felt like Nefarious Ten Pin and I had unfinished business. The initial pours was fantastic. I couldn’t ask for much more in a beer, it was black with just small amounts of mahogany coming through. The dark tan head lasted for the entire 20 minute drinking session. The aroma was decenently full, stongly malty. It was rather musty, but milk chocolate, old coffee, and cherries came through. The flavor was a bit flat. That was my only complaint. A hard, bland, generic coffee-esque British porter note is predominant. There is a bit of sweet chocolate malt in the background, some tangy fruity notes, there’s soy sauce throughout. It’s not bad at all. Really, I enjoyed it. But for the inflated price tag ( mostly due to Winehaus being a rip off) and for the trash talk that the label brings, it was mildly disappointing.
GregClow (3402) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & blankboy - courtesy of HogTownHarry. Deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very nice - sweet, roasty, nutty, with great coffee notes. Very tasty as well - lots of chocolate and coffee, with a dry, woody finish. Hides the alcohol pretty well. A very nice porter. iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 29, 2006
22oz bomber, no date. Pours basically black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Aroma of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, a little coffee, some oak. Taste is the same with a little bit of sour acidic fruits. Too watery with too much chalkiness, and too flat. Not very spectacular. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2006 Dark color, thin tan head. Low carbonation, not very thick in consistency, would like it to be much creamier than it is. Roasty, fruity, some chocolatey, very sweet, a bit milky. The alcohol is there in the flavour. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Pours like dark porter, blackish with red hues in the light, with a decent though thin head. The nose is roasty and slightly sweet, with some definite stone fruit/raspberry and acidity. Not quite balanced. The palate is middle of the road with good CO2 level, and alright viscosity, but less than I expect from a beer that bares the modifier "imperial". Roast with obvious sour milk/raspberry acidity in the flavor. there’s definitely cherry, but I get very little chocolate (the natural match for cherry in stouts) until the residual bitter aftertaste. The roasty acidity lingers on well past the fruit and chocolate. A decent beer, but next time I’m not going to smuggle onto a plane and back home. The more I drank, the less I liked this beer, which in and of itself, caused me to knock it down a point in flavor and overall. HogTownHarry (6622) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - my bottle. Pours black with an average beige creamy lasting head. Creamy deep roast malt aroma, coffee, sour cherry, cream and dry hops. Taste is extremely bitter - hops and alcohol in quantity - very roasty, almost burnt - nuts, a hint of cola, molasses - almost syrup-like, very thick body, acidic yet sweet, a little flat - excellent porter, strong and sweet, like a turkish coffee with lots of sweetener.