Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2004
I’d been hoping to hang on to this bottle for a bit, but for some reason, it just felt right to crack this out tonight. Maybe I just needed an extra excuse for happiness...
Pours out a deep, dark black, utterly impenetrable, with only the slightest cracks seeping out slight ruby reddishness, with a big, blooming, luscious tan head.
Aroma: ah! there’s that smokey factor, big, but not too, with cocoa and mocha character as well, very smooth, never a bit bitter at all.
Taste: repeats the aroma, smokey character is there, all the way, as well as porter-y qualities in abundant, but not overwhelming supply. Richly roasted, fully flavored, immense in body, very mellow and groovy, with the smoke sitting relaxedly, yet firmly in charge and on top of the palate. As we continue, it settles back, this smokiness, it hangs on the back porch, still wafting it’s effect, but never harshly. After 16 months since the bottling this must be just the height of perfection. There can’t be a thing wrong with this. Fullness, no harshness, yet with a unique flavor that never sticks you wrongly.
Have I said that yet?
Yum, and I’ll say it again, yum-my.
I’m just gonna sit back and luxuriate in this one.
Oh, nice, nicety, niceness!
Zymurgeist2 (2252) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 4, 2016
Bomber to tulip. Smoky malt with slight mint backing. A little peatty. Deep brownish red with light brown head that retains well. Taste is chocolate and moderate high smoke. Rich, well rounded mouthfeel. AlainG (2248) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2017
La mousse s’amourache de la paroi du verre en s’y collant. Un nez de vanille, de café, de grains grillés, de tire-éponge, de bois brûlé et de charbon. Les saveurs sont un condensé de toutes les particularités olfactives. Du chocolat au lait s’ajoute dans le décor. C’est soyeux, c’est collant et c’est une dégustation vraiment agréable. (Emb. 04/12/16) (2245-070717) Mads Langtved (2243) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 9, 2005
Dusty body. No head. Sweet, malty chocolate finish with strong notes of coffee. A very delicious porter with a nice texture and complexity. Nische (2240) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 6, 2017
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black pour with a beige head. Aroma and taste of liqourice, chocolate, very light smoke, roast and a bit of coffee. Smooth with a full body. Lightly bitter smoked oak finish.
tia (2228) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2017
Sample ar brewery. Dark with oatmeal head. Smoked sausage, but I get a little band aid. Flavor is like smoked sausage too. HuskerTan (2203) - Ravenna, Nebraska, USA - JUN 10, 2017
A- Savory, roasty, leather, char, soy sauce, oak.
A- Black color, black liquid, beige head.
T- Roasty, dry, char, bitter, leather, tobacco, oak.
P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish.
O- At well over a year old this was still heavily bitter. I can’t imagine it fresh. A bit of a chalky finish and loaded with roasted tobacco and dry leather. The finish was just too bitter and chalky. Not my favorite in a style I love. Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JAN 9, 2005
Pours a creamy black with a light tan head. alcohol and dark fruit and chocolate nose that is a bit musty. taste is a nice chocolate roast with an almost unnoticeable hop level. finish has a touch of metallic but also a nice roasted coffee and vanilla flavor. Thanks for sharing TChrome whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2004 Opaque and nearly jet black except for some amber highlights on the edges. Large frothy beige head that diminished perfectly. Aroma of charcoal, malt, and alcohol. Caramel flavor and light smoky, somewhat sweet finish that endures. An excellent, rich, full-bodied porter that kept getting better with each sip. I love this beer and the fact that it lingered in my area for circa 2 years after its release. HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2016
An intensely hoppy dark malt beer, more black IPA than imperial porter but perhaps with some age the malt would come through more clearly. Still very good stuff.