Marduk (1690) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle (shared by FatPhil, thanks). Pitch black color. Medium size, brown head, stays. Nice roast, cocoa powder and touch of chocolate in aroma. Heavenly hazelnutty , mild roast and mellow sweetness makes this beer very drinkable.
Wischylini (67) - Sandvika, NORWAY - OCT 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a Coke-like colour, looks black in the glass, and ruby coloured as you hold it up against the light. The beer is mostly clear, but with some yeast sediments towards the end of the pour. A lush brown head forms quickly, and although it fades away a bit too fast it does leave a satisfying lacing. On the nose, I’m getting rosewood, while the aromas on the tongue are those of burnt bread, smoked wood, tobacco and caramel. The taste is somewhat sweet, but with a very dry finish, almost like grapefruit (but of course the aromas are not similar to grapefruit). The palate is a bit oily, but the high amounts of carbonation work nicely to counterbalance it, and thus keeps the beer from being too heavy.
FatPhil (8124) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle (Alko Arkadia, Helsinki)
Slightly stinky roasty aroma. Dark brown, tan head. Fullish palate, slightly sticky from the burnt roasts. More burnt than a typical US porter. Some nice sweetness, but not sticky from it. Finish a little dry, some nuttiness, but not as much as Marduk says ;-p. Lacking the starchy fullness that US porters have, which thins is a little, but the burnt corner makes up for that. Nice easy stout.
olio (4842) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Best By 06/2014
Pours dark red-brown color with a small head. Aroma of cocoa, chocolate, caramel malts, some resinous hops and dried fruits. Flavor has also cocoa and dark chocolate, malts, caramel and wood notes follow. Strong carbonation, mild metallic harsh malty palate, dry finish. A bit too carbonated and metallic. Somewhat disappointing.
lusikka (5019) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours a black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream and some smoked wood. Flavour of roasted malts, chocolate, cream, grassy bitterness, some cigar notes and wood. Some metallic notes as well. Medium bodied, a bit foamy mouthfeel and a rich, roasty, dry and wooden finish. Carbonation is a bit too high. Good, although a disappointment.
tiong (2798) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Alko Arkadia
BBE 06/2014 - Pours pitch black with a foamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, some cocoa, hints of chocolate and syrup. Taste is smooth, slightly roasty and sweetish with hints of cocoa and chocolate. Finish is sweetish, roasty and smooth with hints of licorice. Quite balanced porter.
IPAgutten79 (203) - Skui, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2013 Bottle 330ml @ home from polet Kolsås. Pitch black colour, medium head. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Tastes coffee, hops, roasted malt. Nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. Nice one.
Erasmus_ro (1069) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with a good-sized, latte-colored head. Aroma is fairly non-existent. Light roast and coffee, but nothing much going on there. A lot of roast on the taste, some dark maltiness, some wooden notes and grapefruit on the finish. Full and quite carbonated. Give this one a miss. Just nothing much to it really.
gyllenbock (3713) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at SBWF 2013.
Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee, dark bread and light notes of hops. Quite creamy mouthfeel. Descent.
Kavu (1821) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0,33l bottle from flagship Alko. Pours very dark brown with a high tan head. Aroma is roasted malts with fruits. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, fruits and hops. Quite nice.