ration (2138) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown. Malty coffee aroma. Some chocolate. Slightly thin as expected. Not Bad.
stravale (2840) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Keg @ Hootenanny, Inverness.
Appearance - Black / very dark ruby...nitro thick creamy white head.
Aroma - Roasted malts....burnt wood....chocolate.
Taste - Roasted malt...bit earthy hop...hint of orange zest.
Palate - Medium to thin body....over carbonated....finish bit dry, roast malt, hint of zest.
Overall - Not keen on this out of a keg. Might be a bit better cask but I wasn’t all that impressed - bit muddled to me. I’d prefer a pint of Guinness.
olio (9368) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ White Horse, London.
Rated on 20110723.
Pours black with light head. Aroma of berries, chocolate, dark malts and some fruits. Flavour of fruits, malts, chocolate, berries and some caramel. Very smooth and balanced brew.
TheCametron (2369) - CZECH REPUBLIC - SEP 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at cloisters. Pours near black with an impressive head. Tastes of chocolate and a touch of coffee. Good stuff.
Svesse (7930) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Keg at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 20 July 2011) Black colour with creamy, beige head. Roasted, malty taste with chocolate, coffee, dark bread and ryvita. Roasted, malty taste with notes of chocolate, dark bread, gentle coffee hints and a mild, roasty bitterness in the finish. Medium body, dry. Nice but lacking something extra (would probably gain from not being served ice cold).
JohnRMurdoch (4410) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2013 Bottles from Appellation Wines & the brewery. Sour, grassy coffee malt aroma. Very dark brown colour, not much head. Smooth chocolate coffee malt flavour. Bitter sweet coffee aftertaste. Not a great porter.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Cloisters.Pours a very dark brown colour with a reddish tinge. Thick, light tan head. Aroma of coffee and caramel with light chocolate. Similar flavours and a creamy, malty mouth-feel. Not bad.
Bullit (4460) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Scottisch Real Ale Shop. Dark brown colour, medium tan head. Nose is roasted malts, coffee, bit of laurel. Flavour is roasted malts, bit of coffee, sour fruits. Medium carbonation. Not much going on.
imdownthepub (13374) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 17, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Keg at The Bow Bar, Edinburgh. Black with fizzed head. Some treacle notes, quite heavy and a fruity, plum like flavour in amongst a wet cardboard note. It’s ok if you like that sort of thing, but I found it a little dull.
BeerCast_Rich (1906) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
[500ml bottle, Waitrose, Edinburgh] Very dark reddish brown, almost black pour with a thin off-white head. Lovely nose of roasted chocolate malts and coffee with a musty yeastiness. The roasted theme continues on the tasting, primarily coffee, but there are some fruity hops in there as well. Good stuff, tends to be a bit on the thin side as the abv is pretty low, but that can be forgiven