hens (588) - Tallinn, Estonia, - DEC 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
0.5l bottle. Woody hop aroma with dark chocolate and overcooked sugar. Beautiful dark color with nice choco hat, but hat dissapears few moments. Fat motor oil with caramel, ginger woody grass, goes around the mouth. Finish is quite bitter and watery. Alcohol taste kills and bores this beer.
nordic (135) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAR 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very dark color. Too watery. Thin body. Chocolate and coffee hints. Disappointed.
Arve_Christian (3704) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On bottle from Visionthing, thanks a lot! 2013 edition, bbdate 10 oct 2014; my rating reflects this one- have never tasted a frsh one. Picth black color, good offwhite almost brownish foam. Roasted aromas, malt, some christmas spices; medium/high aroma intensity. Medium/full body & complexity. Some bitterness, balances very well. A very smooth and pleasant beer- if you like it malty there is no harm in storing this for a year (or more?). Very enjoyable
jukkar (45) - FINLAND - DEC 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was from 0.5l bottle. Hint of caramel, dough, basement aromas, black, very minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, quite flat. I liked when it was not too sweet. Very drinkable.
mile (3320) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 11, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown, small and fully diminishing light brown head. Moderate to full, malty - light oat and sweetish aroma, some caramel with light roasted malt, light chocolate. Body is medium, malty - light oat and sweetish flavor, faint dark fruits, some caramel and light chocolate. Finish is average, malty - light oat and sweetish, light caramel with faint roasted malt, faint chocolate and hoppyness, light alcohol. Caramel sweetish porter - could use more bitterness and/or roastiness. Too sweet for me.
Kauge (567) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 22, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from a local shop (€ 0,84). Pours medium brown, clear, ruby-mahogany against ligth, big creamy head that retains and laces exceptionally well. Nose kinda skunky and slightly alcoholic with caramel, lightly roasted malts, black bread, earthy hops, kinda sourish, and an astringent leathery note too. Taste is caramel and malts, grainy, metallic, stagnant dark fruits, herbal or cough syrup-like hops, and as it’s warmed some faint bready sourish aspects jump forward. Palate is less watery than A. Le Coq’s regular Baltic but still light, carbonation near flat, body medium. Finish dry and malty, slightly peppery, and unfortunately as unpleasant as their original Porter.
A modest suggestion to A. Le Coq: More body! More carbonation! Improve the aroma! And then make this your headliner Porter. I’d buy that, and not only once. Overall this one’s almost quite ok.
Cantabrian (917) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks to the kindness of the great バルト さん Jinroh. It’s August, but as everyone knows, Father Christmas visits us mid-year down here in the Southern Hemisphere, to take advantage of winter. It was therefore a nice time to have a Christmas Porter. I had this with its sister, the regular A le Coq Porter, for a comparison. This is a much darker beer, ruby black, still a bit translucent, with a nice, creamy beige head. Aroma of dark malts, a touch of coffee and prunes, but nothing too strong. Flavour is malty, caramel, a bit of “darker” touch, with something roasted, or maybe even charred, as the mild bitterness does not feel too hoppy. There’s a touch of medicine/elixir and liquorice. Finish is rather brief, with a very mild bitter and salty feel left on the tongue. Medium to thin body, it is still quite creamy. Like its sister, it could have more body and much bolder flavours.
Cunningham (5263) - Halden, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Almost black and subtle red color with a thick tan head. Ok lacing.
Aroma: Mild roasted, malty and coffee.
Palate: Medium + body. A bit sweet and a moderate bitterness. Average carbonation.
Taste: Dark malty, raisins, coffee and some roasted malt.
Overall impression: A bit sweet and a bit unbalanced.
Personal stats: Bottle from a trade with visionthing
Grzesiek79 (3398) - Radom, POLAND - JUN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with Marduk (Many Thanks!). Piwo smaczne srednio tresciwe malo akcentow swiatecznych. Porter z Estonii delikatny karmelowy, moze nieco przyprawowy. Ciemno czerwony, rubinowy z niewielka piana. Slodkawe i moze nieco przesadnie ale koncowka przyjemna.
jinroh (633) - ESTONIA - JAN 1, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark mahogany with a massive brownish head that stays for a bit. Aroma is usual watery malt and wet cardboard. Taste is somewhat fuller, has a bit of roasted malts.Has also caramel and burnt sugar and even a bit of hops in the finish. Nothing unpleasant going on with this beer which is already a good achievement for A Le Coq. As far as Christmas porters go, will probably drink something else next time.
visionthing (3320) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle in Tallinn. Pours very dark brown with a beige head. Malty aroma with caramel, dark malt and hints of dark fruits and roast. Fairly sweet and caramely, but still quite balanced. Some bitterness. Worked out well with both the duck and the dessert. Quite nice winter warmer.