highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent Western Australian strong ale regardless of style. Teak brown in colour with ruby highlights and a brief now-you-see-it-now-you-donít head. Wow: thatís a hearty wintry aroma, quite phenolic, with strong licorice root and dry cocoa powder. The alcohol comes through so strongly that Vodka flashed through my head. Itís medium bodied, verging on thin, and a little flat in the mouth. Could use a little more body to carry those big flavours. It shows some early vinous Belgian ale qualities and some Granny Smith but the sweet chocolate and licorice say porter/stout. Despite the spiritous aroma, the 7.1% abv sits easily here. The finish is lactic-phlegmy and shows some late POR bitterness. Very easy drinking for the abv. (330ml bottle, IBS Perth)
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at London Gathering, Nov 05. Raisins with rummy malt aromas. With lots of sweet malt flavours.
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A black beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with caramel and chocolate together with good alcohol notes. The taste is more of the same. Sugary sweet Doppelbock qualitles rather than a porter for my liking.
harrisoni (14850) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Very dark ruby colour with thin beige head. Port style vinuous dark fruit flavours. Very nice with some nice dark malts and those good dark fruit flavours. Hmmmm
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Chocolatey ale with mild fizz. Apple notes in the finish. Pleasant chocolate. Very nice.
Stew41 (1793) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Apparently a porter? Dark brown with a thin coffee coloured head. Dry stout nose with roasted beans and malts. Again Iím thinking stout to taste - chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of licorice. Almost shiraz like. Reasonably dry and plenty of fizz keeps the beer lively. Porter on steriods perhaps?
DuffMan (7622) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Dark coca-cola brown with a creamy head that lasted. Definite spicy coffee aromas, and a little bready yeast. Delicious roasted malt palate with notes of chocolate, cedar, and caramel. The only Bootleg brew other than Settlers Pale Ale that I would bother buying again.
omhper (20689) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Dark mahogany, rich firm head. Nutmeg aroma. Elegant, woody and solidly malty, Thereís a rich cookie malt flavour and lots of milky chocolate. The hop late is low, and does not distract from the richness of the malt flavours. Complex, and really, really good!
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2005
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2005 AIBA Sample. Nice dark brew. Not a lot of aroma but a big fruity and chocolate taste. Roasted, not burnt aftertaste, which is what I prefer. That may be why they called it a porter.
ALLOVATE (2549) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Tasted on tap at the brewery and from the bottle. First point, this seems to win a lot of medals in the porter category and I couldnít find anything typically porter-like in it. Anyway, Poured an opaque black, with a little ruby coming through in the light. Head seemed like one expected from a Barley wine, nothing more than a thin tan ring. Aroma was feint, chocolate hints and burnt grains, with some toffee sweetness and a light hint of alcohol spice. Palate was treacle-like with flavours bouncing off of each other. Slick smoothness, light in carbonation, dark chocolate and biscuity sensations, medium carbonation and (unfortunately, but not detrimental) a slightly bitter astringent swallow. A hybrid by any style, with no hint of alcohol in the mouth, this is a good beer for quiet contemplation or just a social Sunday.... just donít call it a Porter!!!