LisaR (46) - Gothenburg, - NOV 21, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Dark brown colour with a pale brown head. Roasted and sweet aroma with notes of coffee, nougat. Flavor: roasted but a bit less sweet, coffee, vanila, nougat, a bit of bitterness. Light bodied.
Martin243 (623) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
1/2 at the Tilley Stone Gateshead. Very dark mahogany brown with a thin coffee skim on the top. Toffee malt and leather aroma. Coffee, bitter chocolate, liquorice and smoky flavour. Porter, but had brown ale, old ale and premium bitter characteristics. Like BlackHaddock below, I didn’t notice any rum, but I didn’t miss it. Rich, full-bodied and contemplative. Nice warming winter ale.
gegwilson (264) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask in the Babington Arms, Derby. Very deep mahogany with a cream head. i found this to be over sweet with fruity cranberry flavours. The roast malt notes were too much in the background and it felt watery.
SarkyNorthener (1094) - 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 (2925) - 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 (390) - 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 (416) - 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 (4119) - 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 (5461) - 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 (8750) - 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.