scotty (1027) - SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lovely dark body, the off-white head leaves a good lacework. Rich roasted malt nose with some fruit and spicy hops,a big,almost crunchy, roasted malt palate dominates, but a nice acidity comes in on the finish. A very satisfying brew.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 30, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (from Asda). Some fruit and roast aromas. Body is thin with excessive carbonation and unattractive acidic flavour.
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Asda. Stronger than Shepís own porter. It would be interesting to compare the two but its not really fair to set a pasteurised bottled porter to a fresh cask one. Very dark reddish brown colour. Roasty aroma with lots of licorice. Dry, toasty malt on the palate with a gentle bitterness and a sweet edge. Thereís a hint of cocoa powder in there too. Quite nice balance. Decent enough, but fails to excite.
johninmelb (1117) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nose is a little sour for a porter. Head is a good colour, but fades quickly. Flavour is nice - kinda sweet fading into kinda dark and licoricey. As with stablemate Gentleman Jack, I wanted to dislike it (selected by Asda), but actually found it a passable, if unchallenging, dark ale / porter.
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Mes rate:
First of I must say I was pleasantly surprised by this. Selected by Asda? What the funk do they know? But ahh well itís a Shepherd Neame so they do at least know something! Not sure how porterish this is but its fairly decent. Aroma is faint but tasty, sweet roasted malts being the order of the day. The nose is really quite good actually but its always hard to rate something that is not on point style wise. Appearance is just how I like it, reddish black and virtually opaque. Head is just a slight covering but at least it doesnt vanish completely. Flavour wise its just one dimensional. Sweet roasted malts, not as much bitterness as you would think and a dollop of creamy chocolate. It has that typical Shepherd Neame stickyness to the finish which I donít really care for but whatever, I enjoyed this bottle and it slipped down very easily.
harrisoni (12477) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asda. Dark ruby colour with thin tan head. Nice dark fruit aromas bit of bitter choc in mouth with black cherry and blackberry. Really nice dark beer, Finish is just a tad short
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dont expect that a lot of people try this as its a supermarkets own brand. This is a pity as itís a well balanced porter which combines sweetness with a dry aftertaste. Well worth a try.
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JUN 24, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Asda. Black until held to light - dark ruby. Malty, earthy aroma with a little roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel thinnish for the style. Could use bottle conditioning. Fairly pedestrian attempt at a porter.
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 31, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly opaque black, beige head. Went down very nicely. Has a bit of a sweet malt flavor.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 20, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
[bottle; ASDA obv :s] roast coffee aromas, next to no head, black coloured. long finish but a bit thin. had it with some pate, went down nicely.