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. Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
12 oz bottle from Jimbowood. Pour is very dark and thick. Smell is roasted coffee, malt and chocolate. Seems almost like a stout. Upon first pour, it was very cold. I wasn’t initially impressed. As it has warmed a bit, the flavors have become much more rich and satisfying. This is definitely a well-crafted beer. The mouthfeel is amazingly silky smooth. Overall, a very good porter. eve (240) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Thanks Secret Santa! This near-black BP smells like espresso with sugar and tastes like rich choclately coffee with complex brandy-like finish. This was a big hit with my beer-savvy friends, too. spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Alot of roasted malt and cjocolate in the aroma.Pours black with a medium tan head.Get some coffee and chocolate in the flavors.Medium mouthfeel with a bitter chocolate finish. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Bottle and on draught @ GABF. Top notch brew, with a sensational range of flavors. Good job brewers.
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2006
This is a very interesting, complex beer. While I don’t think I could drink this every day, I think it broadened my horizons a bit. I’ve never had anything quite like it; a variety of very strong aromas and flavors that manage to stay in balance with each other. Definitely worth a try. omhper (25753) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2006
Bottled, thanks Immy! Very black, minimal brown head. Aroma of coffee and plums. Medium sweet with concentrated flavour of toffee, coffee, citrus and tar. The mouthfeel is compact, and the flavours are really intense and concentrated. I find notes of chocoalte pudding and blackberries. salty finish. More refined than the traditional rather crude examples of the style. Well worth it’s high rating! nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Bottle shared by sliffy at CT4, thanks! Pours a dark brown with a short tan head. Aroma of smoke, dark fruits, dark chocolate, booze, and coffee. The flavor had a little bit of soy sauce along with dark chocolate, a bit of raspberry, roasted malt and coffee. Rich overall with anice blance between sweet and bitter...some boozey and vinous qualities about it that are nice...well carbonated but not overly so. Good stuff! acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 21, 2006
Bottle from ross. Pours an opaque brown/black with a creamy luscious tan head. Aroma is intense, mostly of roasted barley, coffee, hints of chocolate, vanilla, etc. In the mouth it starts out a little sweet, ends with just the right amount of smokiness. In the middle is a complex combination of raisins, coffee, malts and lots of other stuff that I don’t have the powers to put into words. The aftertaste lingers of roasting coffee and chocolate beans. It’s moderately carbonated with a moderately thick mouthfeel. It’s still nicely full and creamy, but not quite as dense as a Dark Lord or Speedway. Awesome! bu11zeye (13215) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2006
(Bottle) Pours an opaque black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocoalte, oak, bourbon, nuts, vanilla, and toasted oats. Flavor of chocolate, raspberry, roasted malt, and vinous.