sm89walt (1758) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A rather handsome and extremely deep ruby coloured porter with a fairly small but lasting beige head. This head also leaves an attractive lacing. Dark fruits and roasted coffee dominate the nose with hints of dark chocolate. Dry palate texture with toasted malts as well as a slight chocolatey sweetness. The finish is a tad short, but is nicely dry and bitter. A bit too light for me, considering this is a porter but not bad at all.
evilsoc (191) - WALES - FEB 14, 2008
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark, dark ribena like ruby pouring with lacing dark brown head. aroma is toffee malty with some black cherry. This changes personality on the palate with dark roasted malt with spicy cumin like hops that dont last very long. really let down by a lack of malt depth and watery mouthfeel.
davegore (222) - liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very dark ruby colour with a lively off white tan head. I was not getting much aroma wise but in the mouth there is some malt with some burnt flavours and some bitterness but I found it very underwhelming, pretty flat in flavour and no depth to it at all.
shoestring (267) - larkhall, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 18, 2013 Deep deep dark ruby colour. Rich full coffee/toffee caramel.Roasted malt comes through. Lovely rich brown head.. Lovely . Agood starter for a night on the ale!
HogcliffeLenny (162) - Christchurch, Dorset, ENGLAND - AUG 5, 2007
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
God this was awful! Having just had a Shepherd Neame 1698, I was looking forward to trying this one, but I wish I hadnít bothered. Pours a dark ruby colour with a thin tan head. The aroma was pretty dull. The taste was nothing like a good Porter should be. All I could pick up was an exceptionally strong metallic taste, which ruined any chance of detecting other flavours. For a Porter, I found it to be thin and watery. This was not an enjoyable experience.
cgarvieuk (14543) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2008 Dark brown/red, thin off white head, sweet malt, bit fizzy. wattery then bitter roast with burnt bitter linger ...2.6
Tk2 ... Deep black ... short lived foam head ... sweet roast malts ...toffee malts little buttery little roast... 3.2
greenmanalishi (468) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 pours dark from the bottle, foamy tan head. half-hearted attempt at a porter ends up being more similar to a mann’s. hints of chocolate and cherry. malt flavour. ashy texture with metallic edge was tasting too much alcohol at first but it balanced out into a decent, if underwhelming beer.
joanesee (7) - ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2007 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely spicy dark full bodied bitter. So close to that perfect northern ale, Icannot believe itís an ASDA bottle. Well done asda and well done WHitechapel
beervis (243) - Taylorís Country, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2013 Dark, toasty malt, bitter. oatmeal coloured head dissipates in seconds. liquorice and cinder toffee aroma and predominant flavours, finish quite short but pleasantly spicy. not bad at all.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 I am not a huge fan of Porters and, having sampled Shepherd Neameís winter 2006/7 Porter, I did not have high hopes for this little number. However, I was amazed in that I loved this little beauty. Guinness black in colour, malty and bitter in taste (but lacks the sweetness of other Porters, which suits me). A good effort for a cheap, ale from Asda.