downender (5614) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, - OCT 27, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark, opaque brown colour with a slight tan head. Rum and raisin aroma with some molasses and a hint of vanilla. The flavour was less interesting:some roasted notes and dark fruit, with a hint of sourness in the finish. Good.
SarkyNorthener (1081) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@St Matthews hall, walsall. Brown beer with small head and decent lacing. Aroma of toffee and malts. Taste is malts, toffee, a touch of rich fruits and some wood. Decent beer.
BlackHaddock (2898) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hand-pulled pint in the lovely ’Grapes’, A Bath Ales owned pub in Oxford on 22 Nov 13.
Nice dark body, leaning toward black from a dark brown base, on top a tanned crown.
The aroma was spicy and malty with some dark fruit esters thrown in for good measure.
Taste wise it followed the smell nicely, malty molasses giving it a semi-sweet flavour, where was my Rum though? It’s supposed to laced with it I believe. Anyway I enjoyed it and thought it more a ’Winter Warmer’ than any sort of Porter.
Fairly deep and almost rich body, well made and easy to sup.
DandyLion (383) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown generous head. Toffee aroma. Tastes of dark fruits toffee. Nice bitter finish. It's quite nice.
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zimbo (414) - SCOTLAND - DEC 20, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Interesting nose. Suggests smoky bacon. Savoury with chocolate and cofffee notes.
Quite dark for a porter of this gravity. Orangy red highlights in the glass. Head is virtually non existent. Pretty dull really.
RichardGretton (4109) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish brown beer with a big off white head. The aroma is chocolaty and roasted, and the flavour is bitter and roasted. Overall a nice dark beer.
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Theydon_Bois (5266) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity Dispense at White Horse Parsons Green, Old Ale Festival - 23/11/12.
Very dark mahogony brown with no head.
Nose is toffee, caramel, light antiseptic, wood.
Taste follows on, dark fruit, light booze, no sign of any rum!
Medium bodied, very limited carbonation, smooth on the palate.
Bit of a let down!
Leighton (8622) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gravity cask at The White Horse on Parsons Green, London during the 2012 Old Ale Festival. Pours clear brown with a light, tan cream head. Semi-dark malt nose, some fruits. Dark bread flavor, some toast, dark fruits. Light to medium bodied with fine carbonation. Sweet, dark malt finish, some dark sugars, faint earthy bitterness, more dark bread. It’s OK.
martinrumsam (442) - BARNSTAPLE, Devon, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle very dark brown almost black Thin beige head that vanishes. Aroma is malty roastiness. Taste is toasted malt. Hint of coffee nice hoppy bitterness. Modest carbonation. A bit watery. Ok.
jackl (3472) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gravity @ The White Horse Old Ale Festival. The pour’s deep brown with a tiny white head. The nose is sweet nuts, some bananas fosters dessert. Light orange peel and candied fruits. The taste is thin boozy wood, some toasted malt, mild vinegar and chocolate powder. Not particularly enjoyable. Thin and disagreeable profile. Overall, not great.
Scopey (4602) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 24, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Gravity dispense at White Horse SW6. It pours very dark ruby with a distinct lack of head. The nose is malt vinegar, vinous, wood, dark fruit and spice. The taste is dark fruit, wood, earth, subtle vanilla, vinous, roasted malt, spice, faint vinegar and burnt plastic. Light body and low/no carbonation. Too thin. Not great....