DrBeer (829) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2005 Sampled 2000 vintage, stored two years.
The colour is very dark brown with OK beige head. Full nose with sirup, soy-sauce and a very dry malt tone.
Flavor with roasted tones, coffee, malt sweetness, some mineral hints and chocolate. This beer really gets better by storing and matures really quick. Right now the 2000 vintage is on sale in Sweden, stored by Carlsberg. And it´s actually cheaper than the 2002 version. Strange but good for us beerlovers.
The 2002 version is IMO a bit thin but has a nice chocolate tone mixed with lots of mineral. The 1989 vintage is matured and more of a port. 1999, 2001 and 2003 isn´t worth mentioning
argo0 (11316) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 13, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark beer with good head. Chocolate aroma with hints of roastiness. On taste, this flip-flops, with the roastiness becoming dominant but supplemented by hints of chocolate. Roasty bitter aftertaste. Full bodied, slightly chewy, but smooth. Incidentally, I accidentally served Kathy the top, and me the bottom (i.e., no mixing), of the beer. There was a noticeable difference in flavors, with the ’top’ half tasting less full, and even slightly metallic. This rating is based on re-mixing the two halves.
Suttree (5013) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 3, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very rich, with a lotof flavors - fruit (plums?), chocolate, coffee, maybe a little smoke. very good.
jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best, most well-rounded porters I’ve had. It has a sweet, malty aroma and a slight rim of foam. Very dark, rich color. There is a good presence of roasted malts, and I detect some smoked flavor as well. Great balance with the sweetness. Very firm and malty mouthfeel.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 25, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
no head at all. chocolate nose. very syrupy with a solid alcohol presence. Fruity. and absolutely excellent beer
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 18, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 2001: Aroma of port and luscious fruity malts. rather vinous with notes of roasted malt, cream, almonds, caramel, and lots of molasses. Flavors that follow are fruit (raisins) and, again, molasses. There is a nice chewiness to this which I have not experienced in too many porters. It also exhibits a fairly high acidic level. Very solid.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - MAY 6, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black colour, bubbly head. aroma of coffee and roast malt.
very good balance of sweet and bitter tastes. the malt flavours dominate but it remains well hopped.
palate was a little watery but smooth.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - APR 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite strong porter. Sweet and malty. How Swede it is!
Sigmund (4932) - Tau, NORWAY - APR 28, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had the 2001 ’vintage’, it probably would have developed its character if it had been cellared a few years like the brewery recommends, but as I personally have an extremely weak character, I was unable to wait! Even as fresh as this Carnegie is a fine porter. It may be tiresome repeating that porters have coffee-like qualities - actually, a good porter like this one has a lot better flavour than any cup of coffee! The aftertaste is moreish, this is definitely a beer I’ll buy again. Good to experience that Pripps are able to brew something far better than their shitty lagers. Same recipe since 1836, great! Now if I just could find someone with an iron will and a huge padlock who would cellar a few bottles for me...
Tom Servo (424) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff. A nice rounded flavor, with a slightly hoppy aroma. Not great, but not bad.