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Review by everetends on 06/24/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 9 19 5 10 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Hop City in Atlanta, GA. I was kinda shocked to see this one on the shelf because I have been wanting to try this for a while. I think the bottle was 8.99 or so, not bad for a so called world class porter. Served up in a standard pint. Lets hit it.

A: Pours a very black, jet black in fact. This beer has really nice shine to it, glossy even. Held to the light, no light is coming through this beer, just isn't going to happen. Maybe where the head meets the beer, you get a dark brown color iwith a little light coming through. The head was about half a finger of medium brown in color. It falls to a thin ring but damn does that ring create some lace coverage on the glass. I was not expecting that much from seemingly so little head. We are off to a fine start for sure.

S: Smell is a bit more simple than I was expecting but goon nonetheless. Getting some nice chocolate malt presence but it is more of a dark and bitter chocolate than an overly sweet milk chocolate. Light toffee resting behind the chocolate. Coffee aroma comes out with a nice dark roast, pretty much a heavy espresso quality. There is a slight peppery quality, just an ever so light spice presence (may be the hops?). Then there is a nice finish of some licorice goodness mixed with maybe a touch of fig.

T: Damn nice, damn nice, sir. Starts out with a really nice and dark coffee bean presence. It has a touch of cream and bitterness to it. This mixes beautifully with a beautiful chocolate malt. Dark and bitter chocolate, almost like chomping on a cocoa bean. Right on. The spiciness it toned down quite a bit in the flavor, just a touch of nipping spice every once in a while. The licorice is light, coming on with some prune, dark grape (not sweet), and some fig. Everything is just so big and dynamic, but it is meshing so incredibly well. The flavors all balance beautifully and create a wonderfully cohesive brew.

M: Wow, big and full in body. This beer is thick, chunky and chewy. At times its a bit gritty. It just has such an involved feel. So nice. The carbonation is light, allowing the beer to be big and creamy. The ABV is just enough. It gives you the warming you want and deserve from such a great beer, but it doesn't bring a stupid amount of heat. The 7.5% is right where this beer should be. The aftertaste is some really nice coffee and dark fruits.

D: Wow, are we sure this isn't a stout? This beer is big but still somehow remains a nice porter. The flavors are amazing and the feel is spot on (just what I wanted from this beer). This beer is great and highly deserving of being on the top 100 but I think it should be further up on that list. It works on every level and is just so pleasing. This beer knows what is up, and was well worth the price of admission. This will be a repeat buy for sure and will probably stay in the cellar for those nights I know I want a great beer that will never disappoint. This is such a beer.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 07-10-2009 05:34:13

Served In: Pint Glass