MartinT (7779) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2007 The Lure:
Dry roastiness and dark chocolate frown at the grainy, rice-like personas hanging in the back. Raisins and figs try to shift their attention, but fail after a while.
Roasted malt gives bitterness and flavor to coat the dark chocolate, as smoke slowly rises in the background. Body and flavor intensity are satisfying throughout. Well-done no doubt, but nothing special was in my bottle. After a few bottles now, Iím not sure this ages or travels well. Some have been decent but boring, some have been very good, others unpleasant in the nose, but highly pleasurable once tasted.
A hard-working employee obviously deserves a reputation for reliability.
shrubber85 (7521) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate, smoked malt and alcohol aroma. Black with moderate tan head. Sweet dark chocolate, light smoked barley malt and alcohol flavor. Not bad - pretty boozy.
crossovert (7214) - Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Cask. Warmer and flat. A spectacular porter. Nice fruity yeast tones, rich cocoa abundance, just a world class porter.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly opaque with a large frothy tan head. Has a great, wonderfully smooth chocolate and caramel malty aroma. Body starts with a rich, milk chocolatey sweetness showing a touch of sourness before turning to a dry, roasty finish. This could stand to be a bit more complex and balanced, but itís still a very nice porter. Thanks hopsrus!
Ughsmash (7122) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deep, murky brown with a short creamy cap of deeper beige head. The aroma picked up deeply-roasted, almost burnt dark chocolate and coffee grounds, paired with a mild and complimentary campfire smoke character.. dusty, charred barley came through as well. The flavor began with lightly sour oak and dark fruity notes, with burnt dark chocolate and coffee not far behind.. nicely roasty with coffee and some dry herbal bitterness.. a bit tacky at the very back, but that didnít detract much. Medium-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. I very much enjoyed the smoked malt presence. Very good porter!
marcus (6421) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 9, 2007
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle from Artusory. This dark brown ale poured with a rich creamy tan head, with a chocolate malt aroma. The chocolate does, indeed, dominate the flavor, but it complements the nice smoky porter base. There is a chalky, slightly bitter finish that lingers pleasantly on the palate.
Radek Kliber (6386) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 27, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance :Black ale with good tanned fine top that left decent lace on my tasting glass.
Nose : Aromatic , traditional porter nose , gentle hint of sourness ,sweet brown cake , slightly lactic , cream coasted roast. Continental hop shows late.
Soft and full bodied . Potent bitter leaf softened with creamy middle. Alcohol found at edges. Finishes with woody oak like bitterness.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of sloth. Pours brown with a thin tan head. Smells of chocolate, spice, brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, cherries, hints of roasted malt.
phaleslu (6349) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Royale. Pours a deep, dark brown with a very small khaki head. Looks the part. The aroma smells the part, too- roasted malts, chocolate, wood, earth, and toast. The flavor is just like that, with nice earthy, malty, chocolate, and coffee notes. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a toasty mouthfeel. Very faithful take on a traditional English porter, albeit with just a bit more alcohol. I liked this one.
DrSilverworm (6285) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. ABV listed as 7%. Nearly pitch-black color, minimal light tan head. Little dots of lace. Good, thick aroma... This could pass for a stout, easily. Nice, crisp carbonation. Good aftertaste, nice bitter dark chocolate aroma. Very drinkable! Some warmth, but great roastiness.