stravale (2579) - 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 (6461) - 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 (1011) - 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 (20473) - 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 (945) - 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!
MiP (14562) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 5.2%, KØ11. Mild papery aroma. OK roasted flavour, mild and nice. Hint of paper, but not bad.
omhper (21894) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 27, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottled at Københavnske Øldage 2011. Dark brown. Fruity nose. Sweet with medium body and clean mouthfeel. Insipid and dull. Green apples, some grains, mainly just lack of substance. Low bitterness.
urbanviking (26) - Devon, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2011
2.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a massive fan of porters due to the coffee flavour which I hate but I have had some mild ones. This is pretty strong. Like a cold cup of coffee. Very bitter lingering finish. Not my bag baby.
joergen (24512) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Copenhagen Beer Festival 2011.
Clear brown coloured with a smal off-white head.
Fruity and roasted aroma of coffee and dark chocolate.
Fruity and light roasted flavour of hay and dark chocolate with notes of hops.
Roasted and hoppy finish.
Papsoe (25069) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy beige head. Sweet roasted nose. Medium body, sweet roast, vanilla and dark dried fruit. Some licorice in there too. Very subdued bitterness. Well made. 280511