MrBeerFanatic (801) - Buffalo, New York, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark brown with a light creamy/boozy head. Aromas of smoke, light coffee, and fruity hops behind the upfront malts. Flavors of light smoke, light wood, and a slight grassy hop undertone. Watery on the palate, lightly sweet, lightly bitter and leaves a nice medium smoke aftertaste. Not to complex. The smoke stands out the most of all the other elements.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark cola color. A one-finger head of light mocha shading is formed, fading to a thin film rapidly. Not much lacing is left on the glass.
S: There’s a bit of dry chocolate on the nose, backed by very mild hopping, some fruity esters (even a hint of tartness), and some toffee. The aroma is a bit plain, but far from bad.
T: The start is quite fruity, before developing a chocolaty middle and vaguely mineral-esque finish. It’s easy drinking nature offsets its simplicity somewhat.
M: It’s a bit thin, and perhaps even watery. The empty finish is very disappointing, though it has a positive effect of creating fantastic drinkability.
O: Not a bad attempt at a porter - however, it still needs some work. Making it a bit more flavorful would be a great start, but I at least enjoy how drinkable it is.
Cantabrian (739) - 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, let’s face it, it is not memorable either. Lebanon, tick!
GoufCustom (553) - 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, it’s 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.
Jrwhitney6 (229) - - JUN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark black. Nose of some coffee. Taste of some coffee and chocolate, and some bitterness on the finish. A little watery, and not great balance - an average porter.
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graham_murphy (211) - - JAN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted coffee and a little vanilla from the malt. Lightly carbonated and a little grassy in the hops. Salty on the first taste but the sweetness grows. Ticks the boxes as a porter but not overly exciting.
Steverus0 (120) - Shreveport, Louisiana, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice caramels and that welcome porter bite, all this porter lacks is a little more depth on the palate.
The Lebanese brewers responsible for this beverage should be proud. This brew has room to grow but is a tasty malty example of the variety.
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DroolYeast (58) - Odder, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma sweet coffee-toffee, little vanilla, burnt sugars.
Pours dark brown to black with big light brown head.
Taste of burnt malts, coffee, and moderate bitterness. Not too sweet. Some herbs right at end, thyme?
richie747 (26) - 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.
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......