DruncanVeasey (6800) - NUNEATON, Top 5, Warwickshire, - OCT 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask handpull from the Blue Monkey bar, Nottingham 09. Pale ruby with a diminishing tan collar. Dunked choc digestive aroma with shrubby hop; biscuits, nuts and mostly citrus beneath with a good punch of grapefruit and floral soapiness. Afters pistaccchio and light toasty malt, some gritty coffee ground notes there. Definitely not a porter or a mild in the traditional sense; the hop is soapy, bittering and lingering. Whatever, really tasty brew.
john44 (330) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Dark Brown in colour with Ruby tinge. Very Malty; burnt malts, coffee. Very Fruity; grapefruit citrus. Hoppy; citric hops. Initially grapefruit citrus narrowly dominates the malts, followed by a long lingering bitter burnt malt taste. Blue Monkey ask "Is it sort of a porter or maybe a mild?" I thought it was more like a Black IPA. Unusual. Drinkable.
Theydon_Bois (6339) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at CBC Islington, 07/02/14.
Dark amber with reddish hues.
Nose is biscuit malt, caramel, orange peel, candied sugars.
Taste comprises biscuit crumble, earthy twang, bitter fruit strains, caramel, orange peel.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, semi dry closure.
Not a porter - amber ale in RB parlance ... surely !?!?
Scott_ (21) - South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2014
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark, off white head with medium carbonation. Malt in the nose, but almost missing something to liven it up. Chocolate malt taste, almost between a mild and a bitter, an ok beer, nothing special.
maneliquor (2715) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at CBC islington for Bruce’s birthday. I fail to see how this is a porter. Pours like an amber ale. Smells of honeycomb, treacle and flowers. Smells like an amber ale. Tastes of sultana, honey, oats, floral and citrus zest. Very porridge like as far as single components go. Far closer to an amber ale than a porter
allmyvinyl (1777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co, Islington. Pours clear golden amber with a thin white head. Light caramel malt aromas. Taste had a light sweetness, very mild hop bitterness. Thin finish. Ok.
SaintMatty (4486) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml Bottle - Dark brown, almost black. Dried fruit, cocoa and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa and notes of raisins in the taste. Enjoyable and tasty.
gegwilson (495) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Beamish beer festival. A mahogany coloured beer with a bit of a tan head. Some nice roasted malt flavours, burnt toast and coffee. Could do with a bit more depth and body, but a decent easy drinker.
Bragesnak (5323) - Aarhus, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask and Kitchen, Pimlico, UK.
Black with beige head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavour fruit, coffee and some caramel.
johndoughty (3692) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle.Dark with a small head.Malty and slightly fruity. Plenty of body for a 4.2 Worth trying. Another nice one from this brewery.
davidtjm (103) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Solid black pour, malt aroma, pleasant taste of malt and some hops, especially on the finish. A nice beer