Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay, let’s deal with the elephant in the room. I went here to get a Caesar salad. The assistant said they didn’t stock it in this branch but he would phone the Cov Rd store and they would put one on the side for me. 5 miles for a bag of salad. Not for me, thanks, but cheers for the offer. That was Thursday. Today is slightly fizzy chocolate flavoured porter day. I wouldn’t drive 5 miles for this either. Got the salad from Sainsbury in the end.
garyaps (1) - - SEP 26, 2012 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’ve recently tried a lot of different ales but this one really stood out amoungst the rest for me. It has an almost chocolatey/coffee taste to it. Very dark in colour. It’s one of those ales you could sit and drink all night.
MichaelAwesome (5920) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with McTapps. Dark as the night this one comes with dark chocolate aroma and a bit coffee. Still very drinkable and quaff. Nice :-)
McTapps (5926) - Ruhrcity, GERMANY - SEP 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle bought at Asda, shared with hubby. Turned out to be the best beer from Sheperd Neame until now.... Aroma of sweetened espresso. Taste of black coffee (European style, not the one you get in the UK) and roasted nuts. Easy to drink, really nice.
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 (5091) - 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 (3901) - 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 (140) - 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 (2543) - 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.