CanIHave4Beers (4233) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
On draught at Darkness Day ryanfolty (2611) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pours bascially black with a small head and good lace.
The aroma is quite pungently wonderful featuring lots and lots of dank and piney hops.
The flavor is bitter with some spicy and piney hops right up front. The hoppiness fades about mid palate but keeps some nice citrus and allows some of the roast to shine. There really isn’t a lot of competition between roasty bitterness as most of that roastiness is very subdued giving the beer a more lightly toasted character, which works well here.
The palate is pretty gosh darned thin, I was surprised to see that this had 5% abv, I would have guessed it a bit lower in gravity, but it is highly drinkable and doesn’t ever come across as watery really.
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2014 Date: October 22, 2011 Mode: Draft Source: Darkness Day. Full description not available as I sampled way too many beers during Darkness Day! emeinz (224) - Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2011
Draught at Darkness Day. Wonderful aroma. Of the best beer aromas i have smelled. Had floral and citrus notes. Slight notes of pine as well. Dark brown/black color. Slight sweet and bitterness. Not a bad beer. The aroma was so amazing, it didnt seem like the taste and palate could live up to it. Seems a little lacking. But overall a good beer with an amazing aroma. portableparty (2398) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
On tap at brewery. Pours dark brown with a quick soapy kahki head that fades to a thin collar and shows some lacing. Aroma is roasted malt and gentle hops on the nose. Taste is again smooth roasted malt little chocolate and a subtle bitter dry hop throughout. Palate is thin to medium with a chaulky finish. Solid easy drinker, very nice. Not so sure this qualifies as a porter more of a black PA or a mild black IPA. BVery (11385) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - OCT 23, 2011
Tap at Darkness Day 2011. Very dark brown pour that left some lacing on the glass. Aroma was floral/citrus hops and roast. Taste was roasty with a pine hop kick. Really good stuff.
DalzAle (2040) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Tap. Light black pour, a little carbonation and a nice roasted malt aroma and hops aroma. Flavor is also nice roasted malt, plenty of dry hops earthy and slightly sweet. Stellar beer, I would drink the hell out of this if it was a regular release. Atom (2578) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Draught at Darkness day.pours dark brown/black with a medium tan head. Aroma has a wonderful fresh hoppy aroma of pine and citrus, floral and tropical. From the aroma the taste is rather surprising, its starts with smooth bready malts and grains mellowing into citrus and a non-offensive bitter pine. Rather light body. Really interesting, nice! Skyview (6099) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2011
On draught during Darkness Day 2011 in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a thick and creamy beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of spicy and piney hops, a hint of black malt and a touch of tangerine. Taste is medium bodied, mild black ale character with flavors of light tangerine, grapefruit zest and roasted dark malt. Finish has a mild bitterness, soft palette with some roasted black malt aftertaste. An easy drinking Black Ale with a short lived mild bitterness.