mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Pitch black with a medium creamy mocha head. Coffee and toffee in the aroma with some caramel and cocoa. Flavour is really inky and tarry in the palate. Chewy hops, caramel, and chocolate is there for sure. Prunes and dark fruit are also in full force. Chewy and overall pretty damn awesome. starfireming (309) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Roasty caramel aroma... opaque brown body and tan head. Sweet, creamy malt and caramel flavour. maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2010 On tap at Capital Ale House - Downtown on 01/19/2010. Dark black body with a medium creamy light brown head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with a touch of coffee. Sweet roast and chocolate flavor with a bit of bitterness lingering behind. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/5/8/4/16 - 4.1
12/10/2006 - Thanks to Kinz for bringing this to the 4th Richmond Gathering. Dark black body with a small brown head. Sweet fruit and caramel aroma. Sweet fruit, caramel, chocolate and roasted malt flavors. 9/5/9/4/17 - 4.4 sloth (2921) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Small brown head, good retention with a thin stringy lace. A black brew with brown edging. Nose of roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and light soy notes. Body is medium, nicely oily and coating, a touch chalky. Chocolate and roast flavors up front followed by notes of licorice and light cocoa and maybe some vinous notes as well. Finish is lightly sweet and chocolatey. Many thanks to Ross for the 4 bottles he shipped me in our last trade. Yes Ross, i,ll be spreading some of the love! Thanks again! alafito (334) - tijuana, MEXICO - DEC 9, 2006
sent from Tyrone... Black and tan.. little to no head, like a gasless cola. Aroma and tastes of dark belgium chocolate with coffe liquor, spices, malts and cream. Paltate is silky smooth with almost no carbonation. Some nuts, tar and vanilla at the rear.
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 8, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2008 Thanks to kramer17801, CaptainCougar and DarkElf (and possibly others) for sharing this bottle with me. Dark, murky brown pour with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate notes and obvious alcohol. Roasted malt flavor with more chocolate notes and some slight spiciness. The alcohol is in no way hidden but seems to work well within the flavors of the beer. Believe the hype; this is one of the best porters I’ve tried. 4.6
Re-Rate. I finally get to sit down with a bottle of my own! Pitch black pour with a cinnamon colored head. Bready, malt nose with anise, fruits and coffee notes. Sourish cherry flavor with tons of dark malts, chocolate, anise, some coffee and slight tobacco flavors. Slightly hot finish. Lingers with a dry bitterness. This would rank as simply one of the best beers I’ve ever tried. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Thanks to Odeed for sending this one my way. The aroma is of chocolate with a hint of alcohol. Appearance is black with a thick tan head. It has a great full and creamy palate. Wonderfull flavor--tons of fantastic chocolate tastes. Slightly bitter in the end with a tinge of alcohol. Fantastic brew! shadey (2142) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Bottle from Santa ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Pitch black pour with a beautiful dark tan cream head with some lacing. Aroma is rich and well blended mix of chocolate, roast and just a touch of alcohol. The flavor is also very well blended. The body is the best part of this beer. Incredibly smooth with just a touch of sharpness at the end. Very nice.
Bottle from Styles. Pours opaque black with a small, creamy, tan head. The aroma is cola, molases, a touch of anise and chocolate. The flavor is molases, cola, licorice, roast, ash, mild acidity and a touch of cherry. Medium/full body, with an incredible texture, very soft and velvety smooth and a slightly warm and bitter finish. Quite a pleasant suprise. Thanks Chris. FistFullOfCats (163) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Bottle. Pours like syrup thick with a small but very brown head. Subtle on the aroma front, baking chocolate, lavender, hazelnut, nutmeg. Flavor is similar but much bolder; bitter dark chocolate, roses, copper, hazelnut. Gets almost a little sour in the back of your throat before the chocolate nutty aftertaste kicks in, which may or may not be indicative of the alcohol content. Actually, this beer would probably taste better with a bit less alcohol. The mouth feel is incredible here, like buttermilk, very thick, though it does stick to your throat a bit. Very interesting, but really, does every beer out of a micro in NC have to be high gravity? I feel like the flavor suffers for 3% more alcohol. This is good though.