Metalchopz (2010) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated on October 2006. New arrival at the LCBO, and does not look like a standard-staying product. Nice old-school hand-made looking label. Pours a deep brown-caramel-red colour with a great big tanned head. This one has great retention and leaves great chunky lace all around. Bottled conditioned, so has a cloudiness to it. MacIntosh apple scent with some hop and slight roasted malt. The mouthfeel is quite thin and watery. Makes this a very easy drinking and refreshing porter. The taste is pretty interesting. Not too strong, but with a nice start of grain malt, the apples are somewhere in there too, then goes into a hoppy finish that has mild bitterness. A beautiful light coffee taste appears in the aftertaste. A well-brewed mild porter.
maeib (8041) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask Conditioned handpump Swan & Rushes Leicester. A dark ruby hued going towards black beer with a rin of white bubbles. Quite restrained with fruity notes in the nose. Clean and slightly roasty in the mouth. Oily texture. A bit of veg. Safe but fine.
anders37 (14720) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 21, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Sweetish malty caramel flavor with chocolate hints. Has a roasted malty caramel and chocolate finish.
planky84 (1786) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Mr Lawrence Wine Merchants, Brockley. Dark brown pour with no head. Licorice, some chocolate and cinammon aromas. Flavours of caramel, some bitterness, chocolate malts, raisins. Very flat. I found this started off dull and lifeless but soon grew on me. ’Tis a slow grower.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From notes. Dark brown, dark garnet edges, small tan head. Nice color. Roasted grains, whole grains, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder. Straightforward, simple, a bit too grainy. Medium to medium/light body, just a bit smoother than balanced. Decent.
oh6gdx (19630) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Deep reddish brown colour with mediumsized foamy beige head. Some lace. Aroma is burnt malts, chocolate, coffee, some slight fruity notes as well. Flavour is roasted malts, some plum, liquorice, chocolate and mld coffeeish and toffeeish notes. Very pleasant.
bobinlondon (1240) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpulled cask at JDW Hatch End, Harrow. Deep red/brown with a beige head. A fresh cask in superb condition resulted in a half gallon session when I’d just popped in for a flyer. It went down like a dark mild, delicious but to be honest, it tasted pretty much like a mild too. No assertive roast, burnt or chocolate hits. Pretty mild all round if the truth be known. If it had been badged as a mild I’d have scored it 4+.
sm89walt (1666) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Reddy brown with a fine beige head, which never completely dissipated. Sour fruity aromas, apples and some yeastiness. Again, fruits are present in the flavour with roasted malts and coffee leading to a dry finish. The palate texture was surprsingly cask-like for a bottled version: low carbonation, soft mouthfeel with a medium lasting bitterness.
tombyars (1266) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - APR 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled this porter in the Saltcot (JDW), Saltcoats in April 2009. Clear dark ruby red in colour with a thin creamy white head. Little aroma but slight berry fruit in there. Thin, dry almost leathery mouthfeel. Dark malts give a sweet fruit note overall with fig, plum and tart blackcurrants in there. Very dry woody notes in the aftertaste with liquorice evident. Short intensity of hop resins add to the dry finish. An ok porter but there are better examples out there.
ogivlado (5287) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 1, 2009
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottled(500ml). -I was very happy when I’ve found this porter. I opened it and try with Marko...few seconds of silence and then... WTF is this??? Total lack of everything here...in my English porter from Jackson’s 500 Great Beer Guide...This can’t be true. Dark brown coloured, medium to big beige head, light roasty nose. Light roasted malt, some caramel, extremely watery and nothing else. Maybe something weak similar to kelp. Once again- huge disappointment.