Down2die (108) - IRELAND - SEP 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle from asda 5.2. toffee nose. roast and choc malts slight citrus hop with a dry finish. not bad .....not really had many porters to compare in fairness
BlackHaddock (4537) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 10, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear 500ml bottle, best before May 2008, drank on a wet and windy evening in Shropshire on 7th Jan 2008.
Poured into a pint sleeve glass.
Very dark ruby red colour with a wonderful foaming deep head, light brown in colour.
The aroma is weak and watery a few malt and hops around but nothing to shout about. A sweet biscuit smell comes later.
There is a hint of burn toast in the taste and some burnt caramel too, but not a sweet porter by any means.
It looked so good, what a pity it is such a watery product with no depth or rich feel to it. I am only having two beers a week during Jan 2008 and I have wasted one on this bottle, bugger!
JohnRMurdoch (3603) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 4, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2013 Bottle from ASDA. Grassy coffee malt aroma & flavour. Very dark brown colour, decent head. Dry & sweet aftertaste. OK porter.
burgess1984 (51) - ENGLAND - APR 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smokey and dry, great brew. I picked it up in hope and in future I will buy again. Goes down easily and has a watery mouthfeel. A summer drink for me.
fairwater (137) - Reading, Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Asda. By the cap, brewed by Shepherd Neame. Pours black with no head. Bit more carbonation than I like in a stout. Nose of light hops and dark malts. Slightly fruity taste, with roast coffee. Good, if a bit too fizzy for me.
stravale (2390) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - FEB 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Asda
Very dark ruby brown...ruby edges...big rocky tan head..reasonable lacing
Aroma - Roasted malt...some dark toffee...sweetish dark malts...yeast...hint of dark fruit..fairly light aroma
Taste - Roasted malts..some spicy bitter hops...bit of coffee...yeast...dark toffee
Palate - Medium carb....thin to medium body...sweet malts....bitter roast and hops. Finish - much more bitter coffee and bitter hops comes through here with a bit over-lingering rather rough burnt toast, sweet dark malt, bit mineraly tail.
Overall - A reasonable porter from Shepheard Neame, spoiled a bit by the roughish finish.
ManVsBeer (5242) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasty and impressive own brand porter with excellent nose. Full bodied ale.
ralphdot (1004) - Billingham, Durham, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
5.2%, black with a nice head, sweet malt and fruit aroma, malty and there is definitely chocolate in the taste, quite good for a supermarket (Asda Wal-Mart) beer.
anders37 (18587) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty caramel and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate and caramel finish.
Martin243 (843) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - JUL 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
5ooml bottle from ASDA (surprise, surprise!), served cellar cool. Unmistakably a Shepherd Neame Production, which is usually a minus point for me. Aroma of farmyard and leather. Deepest mahoghany, with a tan head that lasts, full bodied with well balanced flavours, not sweet and sticky like some dark beers. Cold black coffee, and leathery, biscuity dryness in the mouth. Soft carbonation suits the style perfectly. I even like the dumpy, chunky bottle!