Franzen (337) - - SEP 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice chocolate aroma with hints of smoke. Also some hard to define wet wood sourish aroma. Pretty dark with an impressive brownish foam. The taste is leathery, smoky with a bit of coffe backed up with a nice background sweetness. There is however some unpleasant metallic taste. The finish gives room for some bitterness which is not present in the taste, however the metal taste make an appearance even here. The carbonation is low which fits the style.
wlajwl (3935) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - OCT 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is yeast, dark malts, chocolate and a hint of fruit. The flavor is dark fruit/very slightly vinous, chocolate/cocoa, dark malts and an acidic/slick finish.
madmitch76 (15420) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
20th September 2014
Tasting at Paul and Lorna’s flat. Deepest Croydonia. Thanks to Colin. Opaque black - brown beer, good tan head. Palate is airy and dry. Good fine carbonation. Mild dark malts, little lactose like sweetness. Unsweet dark chocolate. Whisper of alcohol spice. Fine.
Theydon_Bois (9273) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the pre-Zwanze tasting in Croydonia, from a trade, 20/09/14.
Black with a decent tan covering that retains.
Nose carries a big roasted blast, earthy cocoa, dark toffee fudge, spice, molasses.
Taste comprises earthy roastings, dark fruit rinds, ash, dark fruits, dates, lightly burnt brown sugars, molasses.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close with earthy roastyness in the close.
Solid Baltic Porter.
VRH (50) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smoky, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, full bodied, slightly sweet with bitter finish. Very enjoyable!
TET (1695) - FINLAND - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A black beer with a creamy, medium, and brown head. The aroma is powerful, strongly roasted, salt liquirice, and coffee. Also milder nuancees as dark chocolate, sweet syrup, and fresh marzipan. Taste has black coffee, chocolate, richness of malts. Dry roastiness and some hops in the end. Almost full bodied, smooth enough. Succesfully, powerful, and complex Porter.
Scopey (7096) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Colin. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is salted caramel, roasted malt, wood, earthy, toast, umami, cola and treacle. The taste is bitter, roasted, salted liquorice, cola, toasty, earthy, caramel and booze with a dry, bitter finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Solid Baltic porter.
Leighton (11437) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared pre Zwanze 2014 - thanks to Colin. Pours brown with a big, frothy beige head. Lots of toasted cereal on the nose, some milk chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with charred toast, more burnt cereal, burnt meat, ash, baking cocoa, dried dark fruits. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Finishes with dark, burnt sugars, more burnt toast and cereal, milk chocolate, general roast, some dried and ripe fruits. Nice.
McNeillR (1244) - SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dirty brown, dark enough and a generous sandy head. Clean sweet muddied malt and tinny enough roast.
Bottle from BOE? Cheers All My Vinyl and Stu66666, Beers Of My Youth Tasting
BenH (2403) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle. Black with big tan head. Smells a bit funny, something rank in there. Taste’s a rank flavour in there is well that I can’t see past. Thick and sweet.
cgarvieuk (14778) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... deep black .. thin tan head ... dark dry chocolate roast nose... soft light roast ... light salty coffee ... soft roast ... light dry chocolate roast .. decent