nogva (40) - NORWAY - NOV 15, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Crowbar. Pours black with a light brown head. Vinous aroma of coffee and bread. Full body, oily feel, soft carbonation. Taste starts off surprisingly dry with dark chocolate and licorice, but ends with a delicious finish with sherry notes.
ads135 (3289) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A fantastic porter, though its difficult to say what the pumpernickel did for the beer. Thicker than usual bready base, but the cocoa is still dominant.
Jmar33 (190) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Not the freshest bottle, but it still looked good in a glass and tasted ok. Would like to try again fresh.
thb (740) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Attractive basically black with inch and a half of brown bubbly head. Aromas the usual roast, toast, cocoa, espresso. Maybe clove & nutmeg. Taste is big, bold, bittersweet. Fruitier than the aroma suggests. Waves of different flavours roll over as it warms up in the mouth. Rye gives is a bit of a sharper, peppery character.
radiomgb (2462) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York. Near black in colour, thin but lasting beige head, good lacing. Aroma is or rye, roast, moderate sweetness, some dark chocolate. Flavour is of rye, some smoke, light sweetness, chocolate and some espresso. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, some roast.
I like this one quite a bit, although it could use more rye.
wvhoran (390) - Tasmania, - SEP 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Ma Che Siete Venuti A Fa’. Clear dark brown to black with a large, firm brown head. Aroma is thick and chocolatey, bread, molasses, toffee, smoke. Flavour is sweet bread, caramel, molasses, chocolate. Medium body, oily texture. Lovely porter.
Lukasmh (348) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a really hazy dark, almost black, brown with short but thick tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, anis, spices and a subtle sourdough'ish note. Bit hoppy too. Taste medium sweet, roasted and spicy, liquorice finish. Long roast and slight dry bitter. Creamy and smooth, but low carbonation. Really bready and the name suits this beer perfectly.
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nearly black, light tan head, good lacing and retention. Aroma is caramel, darker bread, light sugar, chocolate. Medium bodied, they’re really pushing the alcohol content for a porter here yet despite this it’s exceptionally smooth. Good balance of flavors.
Bahumat (132) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: 7/10. -- Very bready! Malt, sour mash. Not a very prominent nose, but a nice one.
Appearance: 5/5. Big brown black pour with a thick tan head that fades relatively quickly.
Taste: 7/10. Not at all sweet, surprisingly. Very much a dry porter. Toast, pumpernickel aftertaste across the palate, some chocolate and strong coffee in the finish. The lack of sweetness is a surprise, but not an unpleasant one.
Palate: 5/5. Beautiful creamy-silk mouthfeel, right amount of aftertaste, long, pleasant medium coffee finish with that note of pumpernickel.
Overall: 16/20. A great dry porter with a nice twist. Good for when you’re tired of too much sweetness in your porters, and beats the everloving pants off of Guiness!
jjsint (1183) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Keans Head. Black with a thin brown head. Aroma is intensely vinous, or perhaps more like a fine port. Smoky element to the scent. Taste is sweet and a bit spicy, with some bitter flavour asserting itself in the finish and aftertaste. Full body. This is gorgeous.