Beersiveknown (2844) - NORTHERN IRELAND - APR 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home from ales by mail
dark loamy brown with frothy tan head. Cocoa and toast. Robust and rich, earthy roast barley, coffee and toast. Superb, reaffirms my love of porters.
zacgillbanks (2244) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This is an inky black beer that pours without a head. It has a rich liquorice, chocolate and red fruity flavour with a slight roasted and further creamy liquorice finish.
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draught at the brewery, 12 Apr 2014) Black colour with lasting, creamy, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with coffee, chocolate, cacao and toasty malt. Malty, roasted taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, cacao, a touch of vanilla and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a touch of milky sweetness. Well made and very tasty, exceptionally well balanced. My first from this brewery, but hopefully not the last. Lovely porter.
EdKing (1831) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Half at the brewery shared with the thepeter at Thomas’s b’day drink. Opaque very dark brown, off white foam head. Another classic and brilliant porter from Brew by Numbers. Nose is chocolate, black coffee, caramel, roasted malt. Taste is the perfect balance of flavours, not the coffee and roasted malt bombs that are popular right now. Luscious chocolate, moderate coffee and roasted malt, caramel, some dark ruby fruit notes.
Leighton (10674) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home in London - picked up at the brewery. Pours deep brown with a creamy beige head. The aroma is quite dynamic, with predominating roasted malts, some baking cocoa, lightly tangy dark fruits, some milk chocolate. Medium sweet flavor with nice, velvety chocolate character, some bitter burnt wood and earth, charcoal, raisins and burnt toffee. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Robust roasted malt finish with some edgy baking cocoa, charred bread, hard water minerality and leathery fruits. Well balanced with nice complexity. Another winning dark beer from BBNo.
mR_fr0g (2837) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the brewery. Dark brown caramel coloured pour with a lasting tan head. Aroma is big woody brown malt, caramel and praline and vanilla. Hint of smoke in the aroma as well. Flavour is woody earthy brown malt, dark choc and vanilla. Lingering smokey roast malts. Some unrefined sugars. Palate is full with lowish carbonation.
Stuu666 (1992) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Hanging Bat. Pours black, nose is liquorice and chocolate, taste is sweet liquorice and chocolate.
SamTaylor (4) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Darkest brown with small tan head. Nose is full of roasted coffee malt, slightest hint of hops. Lovely consistency in the mouth, although this bottle seemed a little flat. Big coffee flavours and suitably bitter on the back end. Overall, sticks very much to tradition and does so very well.
Scopey (6651) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the brewery. It pours near black with medium tan head. The nose is earthy, roasty, treacle, dark chocolate, rocky road and nuts. The taste is rich, roasty, toast, earth, dark chocolate, decent bitterness, coffee, mild acidity and peppery with a dry, roasty finish. Medium+ body and fine carbonation. Rich and flavoursome. Very nice.
cgarvieuk (14174) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the hanging bat... Deep brown black... Thin tan lacing... Soft almost milky chocolate... Dark roast... Sweet malts... Dark chocolate... Deep roast... Again too much fizz... Definitely some lactic tones showing through very nice but agsin fizz not for me3.6 ... Ok defizzed with a spoon an easy 0.2 gain... 3.8Recon this would have got 4.1+ in cask though