fairwater (130) - Reading, Berkshire, - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2013 Cask @ Back of Beyond. Dark ruby, fresh fruity hop aroma. Little head. Fruity light hoppy taste, and a very little bit of coffee underneath. What?s the difference between this aromatic porter and a black IPA? Buggered if I know... But it tastes good... (uprated after more of it at Monks Retreat)
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask Pint at Wibbas Down (JDW), Wimbledon, London in Oct 2013 during Spoons Festival - Very Dark Reddish Brown in colour; almost Black. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, caramel, some chocolate. Fruity; tropical fruits. Hoppy; aromatic piney hops. Slightly Spicy. Nice malt/fruit/hop balance. Sweet roasty malts meet mildly bitter fruity hops. Hoppy Porter or Black IPA? Liked this. Nice Porter!
SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unrecorded JDW - Autumn 2013. A citric hoppy dark beer with a light and soft body. Some licorice and clove notes. Nice.
downender (6164) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask-conditioned at the Commercial Rooms (JDW), Bristol, October 2013. Dark brown with next to no head. Some camp coffee character, a touch of sweetness, before a dryish finish with a hint of roast. A bit dull.
wheresthepath (1524) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Monk’s Retreat (JDW), Reading. Dark chestnut with a moderate beige head. Bit thin in the mouth, although it had a pleasant fizz. Roasty, almost burnt malt up front, wih pine, flowers and a little lime behind. Quite bitter from the hops, and this is exacerbated by the burnt malt- there’s little sweetness to balance. Definitely tending towards black IPA territory, but just too bitter for my liking.
wimpyjoe (3568) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brewsters Coffee Porter. Very dark brown with a bubbly head. More sweet fruits than any true porter style, but its good at being what it is - tasty.
Beese (1540) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Moon Under Water (JDW), Watford on 24 October. Poured a clear dark ruby colour with a thin, off white head and excellent lacing. Aroma of malt, coriander and orange peal, which was all a little at odds. Caramel and aniseed flavours mixed with some grassy hops. Finish was slightly astringent, but with some nice lingering dark malt and dry grain. Tried a little too hard, perhaps?
berkshirejohn (4402) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at the Montague Pyke (JDW), London. Cola coloured with a ring of translucent head; floral aroma; soft, floral flavour with some licorice; then a dry anfd gently bitter finish. Not exactly memorable.
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Felix, 10/11/13. Deep, deep ruby massively collared with shaving foam tan. Nose muted cat, roast, tropical suggestions. Blackcurrant lurking beneath black cherry and bitter chocolate, toast, a lick of booze to finish. Very decent, although not especially aromatic.
RichTheVillan (2510) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at JDW Charlie Hall; dark chestnut pour with creamy off white head, quite floral aroma, distinctive grapefruit taste with a hint of coffee, not sure if it’s a porter but it’s a decent drink.
SarkyNorthener (1739) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask@The Avion, Aldridge. Very dark brown with a large head and good lacing. Aroma of grapefruit, passion fruit and coriander. Taste is grapefruit, roasted malts, some chocolate powder and coffee. Palate is medium bodied with light carbonation. Very good porter, or is at Black IPA?