jamesie1857 (800) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, - NOV 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask @ Jolly Brewer, Stamford - Near black body with a beige head. Aromas are earthy berries, lightly sour with roast coffee. Flavours are lots of berries with chocolate. Earthy roast malts with plain chocolate bitterness towards the finish. Fruitier than most porters. Pretty good.
SarkyNorthener (596) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@lychgatetavern, wolverhampton. Almost black, small head. Aroma of dark berries. Taste is a little sour with the dark berries, coffee and dark chocolate. Probably the fruitiest porter I have tried. A bit out of the ordinary. Very good.
FatPhil (7494) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 16, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Gravicask (PBBF2012, Wednesday)
6 Slightly mushroomy aroma. Sweet malty roast, roasted marshmallows, fairly subdued. Caramelly.
4+ Black, small beige spongy head.
6 Caramelly body, some sharpness. Lacking in complexity, certainly - all details muted by the residual sugars.
3 A bit frying. Watery in places, maybe minerally.
11 Again, not doing it for me. But not bad. I’m sure I had better versions of this in the past. Stronger too (5% at least).
BlackHaddock (2350) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
From November 2008: The other Friday, after a really crap week at work I stopped off on the way home to see what was on offer in The Cock Hotel (Wellington, Shropshire). To my delight I discovered this truely wonderful beer.
Poured via a handpull into a pint sleeve (I had two pints), it was a fantasticly deep, dark ruby red colour. It looked black when in shaddow, but held up to the light, its true colour could be appreciated. The head was a firm off white blanket of foam, it almost stayed until the end, but didn’t quite make it.
The aroma was of smoked peat, liquorice, roasted and toasted plums, coffee and chocolate all in about equal ammounts.
The taste was as the smell, but with raisens added and some dark toffee.
Just about right in the mouthfeel, not too rich or creamy, but full bodied and wholesome.
Two pints was the perfect ammount, walked home a happier person. Three pints wouldn’t have been a good idea, one pint not enough.
dogbomb (631) - ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Manchester Winter Ales Festival. Dark chestnut with thin brown head. Nutty nose with malts. Nuts, vanilla and malty mouth taste. Quite sweet. Tasty.
onystrom (1308) - Magellan Hunter! - Skanderborg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark color with small white head. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt. flavor is licorice and some faint sour winy wood note. Backlog
davidm (1772) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Bon Accord, Glasgow. Not bad, but lacks body. Aromas of roasted caramel, with hints of chocolate and cola. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and average length. Palate is oily, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
thepegjett (1262) - Cambridge (via Winnipeg), Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A - Dry fruit and coffee
A - Dark, with thick head
T - Sour, some sweet with roasted bitter
P - Full and soft
O - Nice porter
tombyars (1201) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - OCT 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in July 1993. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a creamy tan head. Strong roast malt and toffee in the lingering aroma. Burnt toast flavour from the black malt which gives way to plum fruit, soft chewy caramel and liquorice in the dark malt complex. Bitter hop resins present in the dry spicy aftertaste. Bitter and a hint of wood smoke in the finish. This is a good solid porter and well recommended.
Scopey (3229) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Cricketers, Croydon. It pours darkest brown, near black, with a thin foamy beige head and low carbonation. The nose is charcoal, liquorice, caramel and a little soy sauce. The taste is charcoal, smoke, liquorice, underlying caramel, roasted malt, nut, dark chocolate, salt and coffee, with a roasty-bitter finish. A really enjoyable cask porter.