TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2013 Blackened chestnut. Creamy but dying off-tan head. Intriguing nose of carob, ink-soaked blueberries, shoe polish, hazelnut, smoky roast, vanilla. Distant peppery hoppiness. Strong presence of alcohol. Soft, minuscule carbonation. Opens with a gritty roast punch and an immediately ensuing tar-covered espresso bean cushion laced with silky, ink-soaked dark fruits. Massive amounts of tacky, tongue-caressing residuals, yet never cloying due to the ripe estery opulence and relentless roast. Toasted pumpernickel bread snugly nestles into the palate and lends ample crispness to allay the sugary onslaught. Expressively earthy and peppery hop bitterness supplies the body with additional layers of spicy spruce resin. Wealth of smoky roast dries it out as oily java and meaty molasses deepen the endless malt decadence. Bouncy vanilla-bean vibrancy adds lift to the center, keeping the colossal sugar content in check. Slippery rye fruitiness and a wheatlike twang also join in to help bring balance as they align with the dark, plush fruity esters akin to pen ink, blueberry and blackcurrants. Silky, edgeless malt finish, and sublimely plush as well, with rich, velvety truffles, fudge, and liquefied toffee lingering. This is a very unique and singular porter seemingly designed with the wine lover in mind as it’s quite the explosion of fruit. A fun one!
Turboninja (130) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap@Konttori, Tampere, Finland. Medium aroma with salty licorice and some vanilla. Black reddish color with small/medium beige head. Ultra-strong taste dominating bit bitter salty licorice. Licorice, some roasted malts and hint of dark chocolate and vanilla. Wide taste spectrum and medium aftertaste with malts and licorice. Balanced. Strong body with light carbonation. Overall perfect Imperial Porter with own touch, though almost stout. Could have more roasted flavors.
jookos (2898) - FINLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap@urho. Black dark brown, cream light tan head. Nutty soft roasty malty nose, herbs, pine, or something bit different- sort of wintergreen vanilla. Full bodied, salmiak licorice. Bitter, almost harsh, weren’t it for tye massive sweets. Confusing beer. Flavourful, and pretty nice really, but strange. ...the vanilla, the pines.
RexTalionis (2774) - FINLAND - FEB 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Black in color with a nice tan head. Quite strong roasted notes with coffee here, some sweeter ones too, feels like some dark fruits would be behind these. Lushy licorice and whiffs of smokey rye notes later on. Smoothish mouthfeel. Roasted coffee and dark chocolate with kind of soft spicy rye-breadyish notes in taste. Light nutty, some sweeter licorice and slightly vinous dark fruity vibes appears towards the finish.
VastActiv (3305) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at St Urho, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Grain, bread, some chocolate, some coffee, hints of spices and roasted malts. Very grainy soft porter. Very good.
Hermod (3630) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2015 Tap @ St Urho’s pub. Portteri- ja stout päivät 2015. Murky brown deep, thick espresso head. Licorice, loads of it in aroma, roastedness, tobacco notes. Flavor has salty licorice, rye, spicy notes, hops. Spicy porter, full bodied, smooth, but nice, dry, hoppy finish.
Blade86 (716) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, dark brown reflexes, small beige foam; medium sweetness, light bitterness, light sourness; chocolate, rye bread, coffee; medium+ body, creamy feel, average carbonation, long bittersweet finish;
Overall: Interesting, balanced, well made
-- rated with beerbasher
geophagus (339) - Lubin, POLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 0.5l 1/3 bottle) Mahogny colour. Brown minimal, bubble head, rapidly fast falling. Minimal lacing. Full body, smooth creamy , texture, low carbonation. Aroma: Medium sweet, light toasted and roasted, molases, chocolate, soft notes of soy sauce and grains. Taste: Sweet and smooth caramel, chocolate,.Medium to long roasted finish, sweet and modarete alcoholic aftertaste.
Janek_Poducha (57) - Lubin, POLAND - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown color, small light brown head, fast falling, reduced to foam, untransparent. Soft carbonation, full body, creamy, metallic finish, warming. Aroma: Rye malts, roasted malt, coffee, matallic notes. Taste: Coffee candy, rye malts, roasted malts, notes of bread, sweet and strong, notes of alcohol, pleasant roasted a bit sour aftertaste.
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle: black pour with minimal sand colored head. Sweet coffee and chocolate aroma with hints of caramel. This beer is all about the malt. Hops take a backseat in both flavor and aroma. Bright bold flavors of coffee and chocolate dominate with hints of caramel and spice and a tinge of smoke. Impressive balance and drinkablity for such bold flavors!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BBHansen (216) - Køge, DENMARK - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle @ friends. Appearance: pours clear dark brown with small creamy beige head and some lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, smoke, liquorice, dark chocolate, oak and some peppery/spicy notes. palette: medium carbonation, full body, some rye malt sweetness, average bitterness, long duration, dry finish and an oily texture. Overall: very nice full bodied porter.