gunnfryd (10828) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is dry, coffe, hop, malt. Flavour is dry, coffee , hop, roasted malt, fruit, chocolate. Full bodied world class beer.
badgerben (4478) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pitch black color with a medium head. Light aroma of bread and a little mint. Hint of roast in the taste... and that’s about it. Warming from fridge temp, to cellar, to room, still nothing. No rye, no spice, not even any appreciable malt flavor. It’s like Miller tried to create the most unoffensive porter in the world, which is, of course, offensive. Don’t see how it could have been a bad bottle as the problems aren’t really something that could crop up in one bottle or case. Horribly disappointing. The full body doesn’t make up for the lack of everything else.
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - NOV 1, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a black beer with a lightbrown head. The aroma is licorice with notes of coffee and tobacco. The flavor is roasted malt and licorice. The palate is a little sticky, but with a good aftertaste. Overall a really good beer.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2009 What a gusher. Pours nearly black with a full, foamy, frothy, tan head which is mostly diminishing but leaves a very small layer and some frothy lace. Nose is very pleasant with some dark chocolates German chocolate cake, restrained Columbian coffee, toasted almonds, hints of charred wood, and buttery dark breads. Flavor starts nice with similar notes, chocolate cake, toasted almonds, buttery dark breads, lightly spicy notes, hints of coffee and smoke, but also a light buttermilk note. Palate is creamy, medium, and soft to lively. Finishes with chocolate cake, buttery dark breads, and some moderately low bitterness and spice from the hops. The beer has so many pleasant things going on but the buttermilk note in the flavor is a bit offputting. It is hard for me to say the buttermilk notes were insignificant, but everything else was so wonderful that the beer still leaves me liking it. I don’t know if this is a new brewery I have never had yet or some offshoot of Nogne, but I am interested to see what else they put out.
Strykzone (5003) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice looking porter with a frothy head. Smoky aroma. Roasted flavor and a bit smoky and buttery. Pumpernickel (how do they do that?). Background hops compliment nicely. So very well done. I might have never had a better and more interesting porter.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
50cl bottle at K&L. Very dark brown with a medium tan head. The aroma is a rich mix of creamy chocolate and spices. The flavor has plenty of rich, chocolately malt with enough spice and bitterness to balance the finish nicely. Great malt flavors with a lot of depth and balance, adding sweet and spicy bread to the more roasty and chocolately flavors that you expect in a porter. Medium-full bodied with silky carbonation. Very impressive beer.
Aubrey (3442) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ashy tan head is big and tightly packed above a murky darkness. Nose has nuts, chocolate and creamed espresso. Thick, chewy texture. Nutty, musty and curiously spicy. Lingering tar. Snappy bitterness with bitter bread crust. Sweet cream, sour milk and soy milk made for some odd layers.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Black, firm tanned head leaving tight lace. Hint of sourness and glue on the nose, spiciness, dark cocoa, gingerbread. Flavor has very nice mellow dark chocolate & coffee, coal, little licorice. Long roasty finish with cardamon. Dry and burned, but still extremely balanced. Medium to full bodied, silky soft carbonation. A great porter, love those spices
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is nearly opaque black, bottle conditioned.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate), with notes of vanilla, cassis, cedar.
Flavor is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, creamy/oily texture, soft/lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Looks great and smells fairly good, but it’s got a strong sour twang that doesn’t seem right. Kinda fun to sniff and look at, but I couldn’t bring myself to drink much.
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This black ale poured with a massive tan head and a dark bread and plum aroma. There is a creamy treacle and licorice flavor with some coffee and a little chocolate. Very delicious.