sheep (93) - FINLAND - JAN 8, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle, best before date is blurred, 01/04/20-something. Pours pitch black with a lasting sand-colored head. The nose is quite hop-forward. Fruity and piney hops, light caramel and some spicy rye. Taste follows with resinous, piney hops on the forefront. Some roasty malt in the background. Slightest hint of smoke in the bitter finish. Palate is sparkly and a bit light with medium carbonation. A little all over the place but still enjoyable.
BenH (2014) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 5, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black with a huge beige head. Aroma of dark fruits, spicy, chocolate, slightly resinous. Taste of slightly smokey chocolate, rich roastiness, dark fruits. Full bodied with a dry slightly bitter finish. Very nice
Theydon_Bois (6994) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at William IV (Magic Rock takeover) 10/12/12.
Mid black, mahooosive frothy tan head.
Nose is roast malt, light chocolate, touch of minerals, rye evident.
Taste follows, roast malt backbone, dark sugars, touch of hops and pine, subtle smokiness, light soap.
Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation - a bit overcooked in this department for my liking, roast finish.
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black with a medium head.Bitter and quite sharp with a powerful body. A tad too bitter for my palate but still very drinkable.
Pudding (163) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle Cotteridge Wines B30. A pleasant drink. I’d find it hard to distinguish this smoked rye porter from an imperial stout in a blind tasting.
Leighton (9838) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home in London with Lyoli. Pours clear black-brown with a thick, lasting beige cream - looks outstanding. Aroma holds some dirty pine and sturdy roasted malts. Medium sweet flavor with strong roasted malts, dark cocoa, dirt, burnt sugar, piney bitterness. Medium bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Some resinous pine bitterness on the finish, baking cocoa, very subtle dark malt tang, some scorched earth. Very rich and nicely rounded.
madmitch76 (13360) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8th October 2012
Opaque black - brown beer, big tan head. Palate is smooth and semi dry. Mild dark malts, mellow smoke and a touch of the good rye spice. Nice citric hops holding everything together, pine in there as well. Semi dry finish. Nice beer. Like the combo of rye, smoke and hops.
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 13, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
In bottle at Craig’s. Pours a very dark brown colour with a thick light tan head. Aroma of coffee, smoked malt, caramel, pine and alcohol. Similar flavours with bitter, black malt, tangy rye and dark chocolate notes. Moderate carbonation and a foamy mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. Great!
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather marvellous. Yes, more stouty. This is a kick-ass beer. Keeps on giving, like me on a clearout day. Much like today. The better half is reading ’Simplicity Parenting’. I love that shit. Throw everything out. Reduce the junk. Quality not quantity. Took 6 plastic bags full of not-amazing kids books to the charity shop. But this beer isn’t simple, but simple in its complexity. I am a twat.
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from beermerchants.com. Black body, massive creamy white head. Nice. Nose is coffee, rye, licorice, hints of ashes and booze. Taste is burnt toast, smooth rye tones, grains, bitter grass. Smooth, near-oily palate. Little smoke, but an elegant and forthright porter nevertheless.