ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2005
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(My bottle says "Argang 2001.") Head dissipated within one minute. Nutty, complex nutty, coffee, and sweet licorice flaovors. I’ll try this again.
Frode (317) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles 33 cl.
Black, or dark brown, with small tan head. Roasted coffee, bread and hops. Slightly sweet, dry with a dry bitter finish.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 21, 2007 D. Carnegie & Co. Stark Porter
Argang 2004, absorbed 09/06
Medium pour in an English pint glass.
Poured black with hints of deep mahogony, with a small mostly diminishing creamy light brown head.
Smelt of very faint molasses, raisins and roastiness.
Taste was upfront medium rich sweet molasses and raisins, and light lactose sourness followed by a moderate rustic moldy earthy finish accompanied by moderate roast, with light lactic sourness, dark berries, and caramel character.
Mouthfeel was medium, oily, overly fizzy, and slightly astringent.
Overall, a baltic porter with a closed up aroma and flavor. Way better warm. Could improve with age.
D. Carnegie & Co. Stark Porter
8.82 Fl Oz bottle (size?)
Argang 1997, absorbed 09/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured black with some faint brown highlights. Absolutely no head or carbonation.
Smelt of strong molasses, raisins, smoke, roasted grain, moderate vinous alcoholic qualities.
Taste was upfront strong bitter stale bread, cardboard, and cobwebs with light molasses and dried plum sweetness followed by a moderate bitter cobwebs, tar, hazelnut and yeast bitterness and light molasses sweetness on a light moderate length finish.
Palate was light to medium bodied, oily to a dry finish, barely any carbonation, just a slight tingle on the palate, and lightly astringent.
Overall, it definitely tastes old. It’s very interesting how it developed, although there is definitely a stale bread flavor. It aged nicely and is very interesting to try, with very subdued, balanced and intriguing new flavors. Past its prime though. Still enjoyable. 6/2/7/3/13
furthur (312) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Believe this to be the same beer, label slightly different, "klassIII", 2013. Not quite opaque brown, cream head fades. Aroma lager, toasty, raisin. Taste nutty, raisin, rootbeer, brewed coffee. Slightly sweet in the middle. Palate about right, that is, not thin, but not imperial thick either. Carbonation soft and fine. This is excellent. Putting the taste back in lager!
smhncabot (310) - Cabot, Arkansas, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
very caramel and chocolate with metal in nose. tastes much the same with a soap note. dry in finish.
Odde (308) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2010
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
’04 bottle. dark cola brown body with a tan head. stout body. rich chocolates, roasted coffee. bitter and sweet. 10lbs of awesome in a 5lb sack.
burpfrank (299) - carpinteria, California, USA - MAR 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This had a very small head.Color black.No light going thru.Aroma was a weak sour malt.Flavor was kind of flat and one dimensional,but pleasant.I would think that since they have been producing this since 1836 it would be among the best porters,but ,alas!,it isn’t.It’s ok,but leaves much to desire.Kind of smoky,roasty malt flavor,rather weak.It says 2001 on the bottle,so it has aged long enough.It is a smooth,porter and has a slight bitter finish.No sourness detected as many stouts and porters are.Maybe I’ll give an extra point or two.Not bad.
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a beautiful dark brown to black color with a tan head and nice lacing around the glass. The aromas are dark fruits with just a hint of earthiness. The flavor is bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Loooove it. The finish is fairly shortlived and makes you think you could drink quite a few of these.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - APR 15, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Argang 2004. I always look forward to European porters, and chose this one for my 100th rating, for no other reason than you gotta love a description with the word "stark" in it. Really though, nice porter. Has that European bite to it, nice and dark like a porter should be, head is cream colored, not dark brown like some. A bit smoother than Smith’s Taddy porter, another of my favs. Lacing clings to the side, nice full mouthfeel and palate. I’d have this again anytime.
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is an 8.82 oz. bottle bought in Atlanta in 2001. It is the 1998 version and it held up quite well! It has very little carbonation and virtually no head. The aroma is of sweetness, malt, caramel, prunes, and soy sauce. The flavor contains very little hops. It tastes very malty like a chocolate malt (shake). It is dark, sweet, malty, chocolaty, fruity, soy saucy and has a medium body. Overall a nice combination of flavors that developed over a 6 year period.