Garrat (1334) - Suffolk, - DEC 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle.black,small head,aroma of roasted coffee,dark choc,coal and burnt wood.taste of strong roasted coffee,malt and earthy,choc and fruit,bitter finish.
sm89walt (1974) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2015
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle. Poured a deep, ruddy brown with a tall, lasting and lacing, densely foamy beige to light tan head. Immediately noticeable vinegar-esque aromas and little else beyond that and a dominant fruit sourness. The sourness followed on to the palate. Dry, tart and muddy with slightly redeeming nutty, roasted malt, coffee and liquorice characters. Medium carbonation but thin on the palate in terms of mouthfeel. Finish of moderate length and intensity but that’s not overly favourable to my palate.
Gradie (4) - Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
500ml bottle at home. Poured a dark, murky brown with thin, long lasting head. High viscosity, particularly for the strength. Aroma slight coffee notes but masked by a strong barnyard aroma, almost what you’d espect from a Belgian sour.
Unfortunately the sourness extends to the taste. Again hints of coffee over a roast malt, but a tangy sourness over it all, particularly on the fore and mid palate. Aftertaste is mostly coffee.
Overall disappointing. The sourness and slight oiliness detract from what could be an interesting beer. The initial hit of sourness over roasty undertones I found strongly offputting, and this was a rare example of a beer I couldn’t (/didn’t want to) finish.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Llindir Inn, Henllan. Pours black brown with tan head. Some choc, roast, old tobacco, dark fruit. Decent porter, a little port like on the finish. Pleasant.
Gary (1889) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 24, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Brown with a little beige head... licorice ,chocolate,dark roasted coffee bitterness,pretty tart palate. Drinks fine.
BlackHaddock (6384) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2014
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
500ml bottle: BBD Jan 15, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during a random tasting evening with myself during Dec 14, my 5th beer of the session. Very little head (tanned in colour), just a wisp and collar around the dark brown body. No sediment left the bottle, or at least I did not see any leave. Aroma and taste was leaning toward vinegar like, old wine/port that had been corked if being kind. Some malty chocolate notes coming through the original impressions but this will aid my digestion without a doubt (live rate) in the morning. Lesser men would drain pour this, but I am made of sterner stuff and will carry on. Scottish oat Cakes, soft French Cheese, Onion Rings and home made pickle will see me through. I was going to take this to a bottle share: wish I had now! Coffee esters arrived as it warms a little, but the overriding flavour/aroma/taste is still off-wine/port like in nature. I like this brewery and their beers normally: got to say this bottle did them no favours. Can’t remember if I bought this at the brewery or Beers of Europe? Happy to re-visit if I get a free bottle on my next visit to the brewery. Over to you!
martynhall20 (15) - Hounslow, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Very dark, almost pitch black. Thin head, dark tan in colour, fades fast. Aroma of liquorice, fruit berries, black coffee, but not overly strong. Taste is dominated by black coffee and dark chocolate and not much else. Bitter and hardly any sweetness. Dry, long lasting taste. The aftertaste makes my mouth constantly fill with saliva, this one isn’t for me.
ManVsBeer (8777) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Navigation Tavern Beer Festival, Mirfield. Almost black with a thick creamy off-white head. Has a full coffee roasted malt aroma and similarly a lingering taste in this respect.
Mr_Pink_152 (3915) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2016 500ml bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of toasted and slightly roasted malts. Flavour is roasted and burnt with some sweetness and fruit.
tombyars (1607) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - MAY 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival on the 24th April 2014. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin buff head. Sweet but short note of dark chocolate in the aroma. Thin, oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malts give a chocolate sponge base flavour with notes of raisin and cherry fruit in the mouth. There is a slight hint of a hop prickle in the dry roasted aftertaste but this is very short lived. Malt is very much present in the drying finish with bitter chocolate, treacle and sour black cherry notes evident in the palate. An ok session porter.
allmyvinyl (9562) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours dark brown, thick tan head. Aromas are fruity and dark chocolate. Taste is more milk chocolate, with a building coffee note. Bitter finish. Good.