medallaisla (91) - - SEP 9, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared on cask with my husband at Volunteer Arms. I didn’t love this beer as much as he did and maybe because it’s not my style but it was obvious that this is a world class porter.
It smelled and tasted of chocolate and vanilla. Very pure and natural.
It was also very smooth. A wonderful dessert beer.
tombyars (1511) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUN 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival on the 23rd April 2015. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with ruby tints around the edges and a thin buff head. Slight note of sulphur present in the malty aroma. Thin oily mouthfeel and no lacing. Dark malt complex delivers a smooth maltloaf base with sweet molasses and mocha coffee evident in the mouth but no sign of the vanilla pods anywhere! A mere nod to the hint of dry hop in the brief aftertaste. Finish was malty with notes of leather, roast coffee and liquorice but no fruit notes present in this porter. A decent session porter.
gegwilson (2389) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 29, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought at the Stillingfleet beer festival. Pours deep ruby with a cream head. Vanilla and coffee aroma. The taste is coffe and dark chocolate with a very pleasant hint of vanilla. Rich, but not over the top. Good porter.
garethjv (1) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 17, 2015 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Maybe this beer doesn’t travel well, judging by some of the other ratings from far away... but at the Volunteer Arms in York, this is an excellent pint of porter - always consistent in quality. I always have at least one pint of this every time I visit there to listen to the music on Saturday evening. The only problem is that it’s a little too strong for me these days!
s_hartshorne (2531) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask kings head Huddersfield. Red black good tan head. Aroma is roasted malts choc taste same some dark fruits and peat. Ok body. Decent stuff.
RichTheVillan (5220) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Birmingham Beer Festival; dark brown pour with a thin off white head, slight roast malt aroma, taste has hints of vanilla, along with some roasted malts.
imdownthepub (11964) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask conditioned at Harbury Beer Festival ’14. Black with cream head. This had a tart note from the start with a cidery, apple flavour, hints of sourness alongside dark roasted malts. Quite odd here.
ManVsBeer (6461) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Three Pigeons, Halifax. Very dark with a thick off-white creamy head and a deep roasted malt aroma and taste.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity Half Pint at Battersea Beer Festival 2014, London in Feb 2014 - Dark Brown in colour. Malty; roast malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Fruity; hints of berry fruits. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Sweetish roast malty balanced by slight bitterness from the fruit or hops. Quite dry. Very drinkable. Decent.
stravale (2579) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - NOV 6, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ The Guildford Arms, Edinburgh 
Caramel brown with a thin beige head. Nose of light bitter roast, some English twiggy hop, bit mineraly and slight hedgerow fruits. Taste of soft dark fruits, soft roasted malts, dark caramel, hedgerow fruits, that slight mineraly edge, soft bitter. Palate is fairly thin with a dark fruit soft roast finish. Didn’t get any vanilla in this at all. Average as a porter.
McNeillR (1897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Darkest brown, dissipating tan head. Simple soft roast and light sappy sweetness. Decent enough mouthfeel, stressing on slumped oily matching with creamy sweet roasted Ness. No vanilla, and not matching up to the name. Sludgy finish, gritty steely malt and linger of cold Brazilian coffee bitterness.
Cask, Guildford Arms