fiulijn (15420) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[1996, 14-07-2002] Dark, poor head and carbonation. Very strong aroma: malt, huge porto wine, liquorice. Good taste, mix of roasted malt, light coffee and chocolate, liquorice, porto wine (this is quite rare!); the body isn’t really strong. Good palate, a bit sweet.
yngwie (14562) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2011 Bottled, June-05. A beautiful-looking, dark, reddish-brown, almost black, with a nice, dense tan head. The aroma is mild, with roastiness, coffee, some hops and a sweetness. The flavor has the same elements, but very low on the hops. A little sourness comes through after some sips. Mellow mouthfeel. Dry, bitter finish. Guess this beer explains why there is a Porter Drinkers Association in Sweden. Rating: 8-5-8-4-15-4. 060430
Bottle, 2010. A clear-looking dark brown to black beer with a small, firm tan head. Roasted nose with some alcohol, chocolate and coffee. Slightly vegetal. Maybe it needs some cellaring, I was not very impressed by this one, neither aroma nor flavor. It’s full-bodied and pleasantly carbonated too. Coffee, dried dark fruits, hoppy bitterness, roasted malts and some vegetal hints. A beer that I definitely like, but I suspect it’s victim of the beer revolution. 110122
saxo (14382) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 18, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate and licorice.
harrisoni (14345) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAR 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Utobeer. Very deep ruby/brown with lasting fawn head. Aroma that has some latte coffee. Body is fairly firm. No great hop presence, but that’s no detriment to what is a pretty solid dark beer. Nice milk choc and milky coffee in mouth, carbonation makes finish a little thin. Decent quaffing beer that becomes a little sickly as it goes down.
Dedollewaitor (14205) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with creamy brown head. Roasted malts & dried fruits. Smooth & soft mouthfeel. Chocolate. Very drinkable!
Travlr (14159) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle as Porter Klass III. Black, thick brown head with fair retention and slid lacing. Aroma of concentrated milk chocolate. Taste is smooth Hershey’s syrup. Taste is strong coffee with a tad of cocoa. Impressive for a 5% beer..
Theis (13978) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (1999) at DTE - Ratebeer night (06-01-07). Almost black - brown head. Bread, berries, roasted, burned, smooth, licorice, dusty, caramel, light mould, dry, thin finish - but very good.
MiP (13912) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2007 bottle, 5.5%. Roasted aroma. Black colour, small brown head. The flavour is cfeamy and nicely sweet with English liquorice aftertaste. Late malt bitterness. Quite flavourful and well-balanced. Pleasant carbonation. I would probably enjoy it more after a year’s cellaring.
TBone (13217) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2006 Bottled, alc. 5.5%, 2004 vintage in 2005 (BB 12/2014)
Dark almost opaque brown color, good creamy expresso head. Aroma has raisins, roasted malts and coffee: roast, sour and sweet. Sticky sweetish mouthfeel, medium-bodied. As expected delicious chocolaty roasted malts dominate palate. Attacking bitterness and slightly hard/flat mouthfeel too. Aging and extra alcohol would do good to this one. (7/5/7/3/15 3.7)
Vintage 2006 in 2006, alc. 5.5%
Molasses, very light roasted notes in the aroma. Slightly burnt molasses, sweetish, plain. Quite industrial taste as fresh. (6/4/6/3/12 3.1)
Bottled vintage 1998 in 2006
Chocolaty, a bit oxidated nose. Wineous, flat, rounded, roasted coffee beans. Not sweet, drier and more chocolaty than 2005-2006 vintages. Unfortunately past its prime. (6/4/5/4/12 3.1)
Vintage 2000 in 2006
Portwineous nose, clean palate - no oxidation. Chocolaty, not sweet. Rounded, propably "the peak" vintage right now. (7/4/7/3/14 3.5)
Oakes (13000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2000
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2005 One of the best vintage beers I ever had was a 1989 Carnegie Porter, aged 11 years. This was the OLD recipe, Klass III version. Absolute masterpiece. This rating is for the new recipe, not aged. That other one was a 5.0.
Amendment: The 1989 is now past its prime. It is still a tasty drop, but no longer a 5.0. Newer vintages tasted - 1999, 2001, 2003 are all thin, lagerish and lousy. Avoid. Numbers are a compilation of recent vintages.
Another amendment. I’m beginning to suspect there is a different Carnegie Porter brewed for the American market as a recent sampling of a 2001 showed a full-bodied beer with ample toast and cocoa.