downender (6954) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - OCT 26, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown in colour with ruby tones and a big, fluffy tan head. Sweet malt and dark fruit aroma. Flavour was sweet, with some chocolate, roastiness and an abrupt bitter finish. Ok.
Pyobon (1096) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with beige long-lasting head. Dark, smoky / roasted malt aroma. Medium body with plenty of fine carbonation. Rich with a sharp and bitter edge giving good balance. Malty with fruit and some dark chocolate / coffee notes with a bitter finish. Well balanced, but Porter is not my favourite style.
beerbros (1) - Oxton, Merseyside, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This fine beer may only be bettered by a second. Good head, strong ale but does not compromise the great flavour,
iansonuk (1) - Poole, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A strong, hoppy ale, with just enough bite to avoid being considered bland. Similar in flavour to Bath Ales’s ’Barnstormer’, (though alas slightly inferior in my opinion).
kwik-lime (1501) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks like Guinness with a slightly smaller head that leaves plenty of lacing. Light, malty aroma. Roasted malty taste with a hint of chocolate and nuts but not really the strength of flavour you would hope for/expect from a porter.
sm89walt (1816) - 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 (308) - 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 hadn’t 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.