Travlr (16434) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 14, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Churchkey. Black, tan head, massive lacing. Aroma of pumpernickel and rye. Taste of roasted nuts, fine chocolate, thick and chewy. Good stuff.
Embrouille (2831) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 11, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 50cl. Moderate smokiness. A lot of pumpernickel throughout. Creamy palate. Yeast accented. Unmemorable.
argo0 (12362) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Small but persistent beige head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, rye, oat, some roast. Taste is moderately sweet, chocolate, rye, some alcohol, oat, roast, grapefruit/pine, light pepper. Smooth medium-full body.
joeneugs (4305) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Trappist. It pours a dark brown with an orangy tan creamy head. The aroma is complex with notes of cocoa, licorice, roasted grains, and a hint of dark fruitiness. The flavor is very potent with a strong dry spiciness, roasted grains, cocoa, coffee, hints of black licorice and molasses. A really great brew with a pretty potent bitter/roasted finish.
bierkoning (11227) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep dark brwon color, opague. Roast, licorice, grapes and rye bread in the aroma. Sweet but roasty maltflavor with licorice, ash, salt, rye bread and dried fruit. Well made, good looking and very tasty brew.
onceblind (5732) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ The Cheeky Monk in Denver. Very heavy dark brown pour, with a creamy tan head that left substancial lace on the top. Smell is earthy malt and caramel-infused hot chocolate...perhaps a bit of a wood note as well. Tastes like a porter should; heavy notes of chocolate, some ground coffee, bits of toffee, bits of caramel. Medium bodied with subtle carbonation. Mild hop spice at the end. Very clean finishing with almost no aftertase, very light mouthfeel accompanying the robust, albiet medium bodied flavor. It’s a stereotype average porter, but I like porters. It’s a fine beer, just nothing special.
berlinoise2go (669) - NORWAY - SEP 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Olympen, Oslo. Black with brownish hue, small beige head. Rich, dry, smoked wood, roasted malt, tar aroma. Medium-to-full body, slick mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Rustic, verging on harsh, bitterness. Subdued sweetness - very well balanced.
gunnfryd (12634) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 16, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap KØ-2010. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is coffee, hop, roasted malt, cocoa. Flavour is sweet, coffee, hop, roasted malt, chocolate, alcohol. Full body. Very nice beer.
lusikka (7492) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle @ Gastropub Nordic. Rated @ 19.5.2010.
Pours a cloudy brown colour with a large off-brown head. A lot of yeast on the bottle. Heavy malty aroma with rye, caramel and hop notes. Medium sweet taste with roastiness, chocolate, pine and rye of course. Very distinctive and original taste. Very dry finish. Well balanced porter.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Olympen. Black as all hell with a surge of tiny dark brown bubbles rushing to the surface to form a fat, dense, creamy light brown head on top that stays the duration. Much sticky lace left along the glass wall. Gorgeous. Aroma is very burnt, loads of coffee, cocoa, sour burnt notes, dark milk chocolate, ash, a hint of smoke, something almost woody, and some citrus and caramel. Flavour profile is intense. A solid dose of coffe and cocoa, dark sour berries, burnt sourness.. The malt sweetness really has got a lot to deal with here, but it’s well balanced. No alcohol to be detected anywhere. It’s pretty raw, but it’s definitely good drinkin’. Long, long semidry finish. Nice and thick mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. I really liked this one. First porter I’ve really liked in a good while. Perhaps because it’s thicker in the mouth than most. Relatively complex, very intense, delicious mouthfeel.. all over very solid stuff.