madmitch76 (16890) - , Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
31st August 2009
Tasting at Mes and Sims flat. Opaque black porter. Short lived brown head. Light dry palate. Sourish light malt, very lightly toasted. Tangy licorice. Finishes airy and dry and with mild fruit sourness.
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via Beth and Jeff. Dark pour with purple highlights. Aroma has some roasted malts, fruit, red wine and a faint sourness. Flavor has more sourness right away, some more red wine and hint of chocolate. Light roasted malts and some grape skin. A bit thin overall and kind of odd. Wasn’t really expecting sour but according to the description it is what is says. I kept sipping and still after I finished a glass I wasn’t sure if I like it or not so I poured some more. Still can’t decide.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Deep coffee brown with a small bubbly beige head. Light sour notes (another infected one from buzzards bay??). Some toasted malts, bitter sweet chocolate.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of roasted malt and earthy. Tastes roasty and nutty with some chocolate hints and a lactic sourness on the finish.
harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at MesandSim’s tasting Aug 09. Black, tan head. Liquorice on aroma and in flavour. Over carbonated so difficult to drink and even trying to de-gas it didn’t make a huge difference. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Some coffee flavour on the swallow. Not great and a bit thin overall.
hopdog (9461) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle shared courtesy of Josh. Poured a dark brown color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, caraeml, and some nuttiness. Tastes of roast, chocolate, nuts, and had a tart and light sourness that grew on me.
egajdzis (5488) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown with a large, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, caramel, and wood. Taste of roasted malts, cocoa, smoke, and tart cherry / bacteria. I questioned this being a true porter, but having read the description, they really nailed this one! Thanks Josh!
TomDecapolis (4592) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep brown with a small bubbly tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, tobacco and nuts. Flavor of nuts, caramel, toffee, tobacco an tea.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Mes rate. Bottle at home.
Almost black with a thin beige head. This is actually really good. I honestly was not expecting much from this but I have to say this is a really good US take of an English style done in a traditional and very authentic way. Maybe it lacks a little body but the roast malt and slight sourness are spot on. Faint liquorice and nutty notes. Lovely and dry. Maybe a little too carbonated but it’s not too much of a problem. Very good all round.
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JUL 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really only rating 2. surprised. 750ml, that I got via trade a ways back, can’t recall exactly from who shared with dalekliz. Pours blackish brown with a tan head. Nose is sweet tart and sour in there too. Taste is tart funky, wow really pretty damn good and interesting. yum, weird, yum.