fairwater (139) - 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)
gegwilson (2197) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity at Bardfest 2015. Pours mahogany with a fading beige head. Unexpectadly floral aroma with grapefruit too. The taste is grapefruit before a little chocolate. More a black IPA than a porter for my money and that’s no bad thing. Pretty good, though a touch on the thin side.
Stuu666 (6777) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Standing Order. Pours black, thin, sweet, dry chocolate roast, light fruit.
BeerViking (3261) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Express Tavern, dark red with a thin head, malty floral aromas, dry and lightly bitter, with a roasty floral body, hints of liquorice and coffee. More like a roasty mild, maybe.
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 (5414) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, 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 (7041) - 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 (1811) - 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.
ManVsBeer (5968) - 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 (2560) - 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 (5223) - 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.