Aurelius (5587) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Big malty aroma - with dark fruit, leather, chewing tobacco. Very dark, somewhat light, filmy head. Decent faux painted label on a 22-oz bomber. Smooth, tangy, toasty/roasty, sweet, a jousting bitterness which is a combination of the roast, alcohol and hops. Sweet caramel going into the finish, a light coffee astringency towards the end as well. A buffered, chewy mouthfeel but with decent carbonation. Finishes out with light acidity and a pleasant bitterness, but there’s a sugary element in there too. A tad metallic on the lips. A nice warmer on a cold night. Publix, Bradfordville. Go Noles, beat Auburn! dwyerpg (6432) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 5, 2014
A beautiful color, but the nose was lacking. The flavor is quite good, with a nice graininess but a surprisingly smooth finish after a fairly strong body. Very nice finish. northropfrye (3709) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Not a bad stout. Dark cocoa a bit of sweetness from the prunes but kind of understated on the flavour. Ok teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 2, 2014
Keg at CBC Clapham. Deep brown pour with a medium beige head that recedes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruit and malt. Medium to full body with flavors of plum, roast malt and a touch of pine. The finish is fruity with a plum and earthy malt aftertaste. Above average overall. jhp40219 (449) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2014
My first beer of 2014! 22 oz bomber into a snifter glass. Pours dark brown with a small tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, plums, caramel, brown sugar. Taste is roasted bready malt, caramel, plum, cocoa, and a bit of black licorice. Long finish of caramel and roasted malt. Full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation. Actually a pretty easy drinker for a Blackwater Series beer. Excellent!
Bamaboy1975 (248) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Dark brown body with a reddish hue about the edges. Chocolate and light roast aromas. Pleasant, but light. Plums add a slight sweetness and is perceptible. It's an easy drinking porter. The plums add both earthy and sweet characteristics with a hint of leather. Southern Tier often goes overboard with the flavored beers (and I mean that in a good way) and this was much more user friendly than I expected. Medium bodied, smooth, average carbonation. Overall, a very good beer. Nothing terribly complex yet a nice twist on the style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone arkurzynski (2461) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Deep brown with garner hues. Nose of cocoa powder, molasses, brown sugar, some dark fruit, sherry, cardboard, and soy sauce. Flavor is roasted malt, cocoa, slightly acidic dark fruit, brown sugar, and soy sauce. Medoum palate. Apparently cannot withstand the test of time. anders37 (27226) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty plum and dark fruit chocolate aroma. Roasted malty sweetish chocolate and dark fruit flavor with some bitterness. Has a roasted malty chocolate bitter dark fruit finish. KansaiBeerLvrs (5387) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2013
Had a sample of this at Mikkeller & Friend’s in Copenhagaen last year, I thought I already rated it... anyways, on tap. A nice dark inky black pour with minimal head. The aroma was roast coffee notes, no plum. The taste was more of a straight up medium bodied porter again with no plum. If you put it in the name I expect to smell or taste it, if I don’t I consider the brewer missed the mark. A fine porter but no plum. The bartender couldn’t pick up on any plum either, we both seemed somewhat disappointed. Hypo_Luxa (67) - Osaka, JAPAN - DEC 31, 2013
Pours a light brown head.
Aroma is IPA like. Fresh water. Grassy.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with very subtle roasted notes.
There is a lot going on in this beer.