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 (1260) - 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.
generallee08 (739) - New York, USA - JUL 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
On top of a very dark brown to black body sits a tall thick and very creamy head. The tan colored head hangs on forever and makes lots of thick sticky lacing that coast the glass. The aroma is wonderful and inviting right from the poop of the cap. It is full of rich chocolately and dark bready maltiness with a hint of black licorice. Not to be outdone by the aroma its medium to full body is packed with tasty chocolate like maltiness with dark roasted notes and dark bready rye malt flavors. I am also picking up some light hints of black licorice or star anise, as well as a very slight hint of caraway seed. All of this is wrapped up in pleasant mellow boozy warmth that blends right into the finish with some nice earthy hop flavor and moderate bitterness. The palate is maybe a touch light but still very enjoyable and smooth.
mikkellund42 (630) - DENMARK - JUL 4, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with huge light brown head. Aroma is intense roasted malt, dark dried fruit, rye bread, soy sauce and licorice mints. Taste is light sweet, medium bitter and faint umami. Body is milky, creamy and smooth with soft carbonation. Finish is long and balanced bitter/sweet with notes of dark roasted rye bread, malt syrup, sweet Finish licorice and faint hints of lemon. Very rich and complex yet smooth and well balanced.
esp0r (2306) - NORWAY - JUL 2, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Vika enjoyed at home
Pours almost pitch black with a massive dense brown head. Smell of roasted malts, coffee, rye and spices. Medium sweet, roast, toast, coffee, tar, liquorice, dark dark malts. Very nice, oily texture, medium bitter finish with earthy hops. Very good, a masterpiece by Beer Here
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 10, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle courtesy of Sloth, thanks. Pours an opaque black color with a big foamy khaki colored head that has excellent retention. The aroma features well roasted grains, blackened toast and chestnuts. The taste follows the nose with more blackened grains set nicely in a mix of spices and roasted nuts. The hops are mildly bitter and earthy with a bitter walnut character. The palate is full and creamy with soft carbonation. Finishes long and dry. Overall: The best porter I’ve had in many years. Reminded me a lot of the old Ølfabrikken porter, I Loved it.
Theydon_Bois (12171) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at the Earl of Essex, 28/05/14.
Light black meets extremely dark mahoganybrown with a moderate tan covering.
Nose is roast malt, spice, honey, fleshy fruit, light cocoa, toffee fudge.
Taste comprises rich roast, spice, chocolate, molasses, tar.
Medium bodied, fine carobonation, semi drying close.
minutemat (2265) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Earl of Essex. Pours brown with a slick liquorice mouthfeel, lots of roasted malts with a touch of coffee.. can’t detect any pumpkin but there is a strong concentrated taste here that could possibly reveal more if I had more than a third. Bitter finish. Alright.
Splitenz (338) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Like a slice of Danish bread, with a glass of Matilde sjokolade and a cup of coffee. Sweet and roasted, terrific mouth feel and very drinkable. A joy this beer.