ACD (564) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at WJK, Dublin. Deep dark coal black with tan froth. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, raisins, hints of peat and smoke, some red fruit. Taste is brilliant: big coffee/chocolate hit followed by plenty of dark fruit and light but meaty smoked notes. Some sweetness to balance out the earthy hop tones. Full mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious; a bit of a rarity, but certainly worth seeking out.
Theydon_Bois (6471) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bruce’s 30th celebrations, 08/02/13, thanks to my Dad for sourcing it from Abbots bottle store in Cork.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, dark malts, light chocolate, molasses.
Taste follows - dark fruits at the fore, raisens, chocolate.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish.
Decent enough porter.
mR_fr0g (1793) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bruce’s birthday tasting st the craft. Nutty peat smoke nose. Dark caramel colour. Roast smoke flavour. Soft coronation. Pretty good.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 4, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the black sheep in Dublin. Dark porter. Chocolate and coffee taste. I recommend.
omhper (18759) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Black Sheep, Dublin. Near opaque black, small creamy head. Aroma of red berries and earth. Mid sweet with soft mouthfeel and mediu mbody. Rich and full flavoured. Fruity with some strawberry esters and earthy licorice, notes of yeast. Mid bitter finish. Rustic and complex with some flaws but a great array of flavours.
Beersiveknown (2395) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 12, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2013 cask at Dublin RDS for Irish Craft Beer Fest.
Pours dark brown with thin bubbly tan head. Chocolate on the nose.
A complex and mouth-filling porter with smoke, chocolate, coffee, a touch of roast barley in the finish. Just how I like my porters.
Bottle at home from drinkstore
Fluffy tan head, chocolate, some vanilla, complex malt, rich red fruit, dry but light body, low carbonation but well handled conditioning, touch of diacetyl works ok here, v enjoyable
keadec (6) - Not your concern, IRELAND - JUL 25, 2012 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brown with a tan hue, good off white head, medium carbonation.
Smell is of Hops, malts and barley.
Taste is a big strong taste of hops, coffee and a bit nutty.
I’ve being waiting to have a crack off this one. Its has a strong taste and can be a bit powerful and a tad bitter. Long Length in taste. This will grab by the seat of your pants and give you a an attention getting weggie. This I feel is more a drink for the seasoned stout drinker. It reminds me of a cross between Nigerian Guinness and Guinness Bitter for the English Market.
hanzmohman (2) - USA - APR 11, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bought the bottle straight from the brewery/pub. Drank it at 55 degree apx. Medium body, big tan head that persisted throughout. Chocolate and coffee with an earthy and smoky backend. Very nice.
midlaa (5) - - MAR 30, 2012 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
From 330 ml bottle bought in Abbott Ale House in Cork.
Look: Black. Brown head fading fast
Nose: medium full nutty?/coffee/smoke
Taste: carbonation: mild starts very nice coffee-ish, medium body, fairly dry, nutty/malty, slight smoky finish lingering, cracking stuff!