GoufCustom (397) - HONG KONG - NOV 18, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
355 ml bottle bought at YATA in Grand Century Place, Mong Kok.
Clear deep blackish brown colour with dirt-like yeast sediments; Three-quarter finger head and beige foam which last for 1 minute; Minimal sticky lacing and active carbonation; Fragrant aroma of roasted malt, with caramel, sweet toffee, double cream, light vanilla, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and light grass; Very light sweet + strong smoky taste of roast malt, with light toffee, light black coffee and dark chocolate, faint cola, faint lemon and very light grassy hops; Light body, watery palate; Taste profile is thin, almost non-sweet roasted malt in a very smoky but watery, Cola-like background. Beyond that, all other Porter elements like toffee and coffee are very thin and hollow. Spikes of nuttiness and creaminess are not enough to cheer things up; Hoppiness is very low lemon and grass in aroma and taste, Bare bone bitterness came through very slowly. Muted straw-like finish; Wet after taste, fairly easy to mouth.
Comments: I applaud the 961 guys for their effort and innovations to make many interesting brews, sometimes with a Middle Eastern twist, but this time their take on Porter is rather disappointing. Good looks and smoky nose aside, itís body is too watery, not enough cream and coffee, and hoppiness is next to none. Below par and not worth revisiting unless they fine-tune it.
Davros (1720) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a large tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, oatmeal, lightly burnt bread. Quite moreish.
More light roast as a flavour but with little to support it. Some toasty malt again.
Carbonation could be a little higher.
Ron (2184) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. . Poured black with a small tan head and minimal lacing. Aroma was some roasted and toasted malts. Flavor was of roasted malts chocolate and a tiny bit of vanilla. Thin body. Too easy to drink quickly. no reason to take my time.
richie747 (19) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A slightly lager-ish Porter but true to style. Some mild coffee and chocolate notes from adjunct grains. Nothing extravagant, just easy drinking.
Braudog (5353) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours dark and opaque, but awful thin, no head. Little to no aroma, and this drinks with a vapid body, just a bit of a chocolate flavor. Far too thin. Too bad ... (#5290, 10/13/2013)
vanvenlo (1090) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slowbeer ontap (13-Sep-13) Very light roast malt aroma. Black red tinge colour, low head and suds lacing. Fruity simple light roast malt flavour. Light roast fruit finish and fruit sweet malt aftertaste.
DCLawyer (1155) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle->poret stem. Deep brown with medium tan head. A: thin, with roasted malt, brown sugar, cocoa, burnt coffee. T: watery chocolate and coffee. Too watery.
JCon72 (12) - Springtown, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2013
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Good beer. Perfect for winter. Refreshing and heavily dark. 25 characters to go......
Elwood (2900) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serving: Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. It pours a medium brown color with a medium head. The nose has nice roasted malt notes with a little earthiness. The flavor comes across as traditional. A light sweetness up front with a bit of roasted malt, light earthy hops, and mineral notes. Light to medium body with average carbonation. Serviceable.
Cantabrian (672) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown porter, with plenty of charred bitterness, roasted malts, Karamalz, brown sugar, cigarette butts, used coffee filters and that citrus, herbal tea hoppiness. Not much of red fruits in it. More like the boredom of a Dunkel. Not bad for a Middle East beer but, letís face it, it is not memorable either. Lebanon, tick!