Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 2, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 9, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain/nuts, husks), with light notes of tree bark and cardboard. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dull and uninspiring.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 28, 2008
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mahogany with a medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt, caramel and chocolate notes. Sweet flavour with plenty of roasted malt, caramel and butter im afraid.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Black pour with no head. Roasted malt and sweet and other aromas. Flavor seems off, grape medicinal flavors.
Jorn69 (318) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
@ Havregatan. Bottle from Systembolaget. Aroma roasty, coffee. Appearance clear black. Body quite light.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - JUL 10, 2002
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is molasses and coffee. Very dark with little head. Slightly sweet with some bitterness at the end. A bit short in taste.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2006
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
2006 Vintage - Almost black body, quite big light brown head, some laces; Simple, very grainy nose, some dry grass as well, not the least interesting; sweet, bitter simple body, with a watery texture; short finish with some bitterness and quite some molasses aroma to it together with a lot of grain. Very boring beer, I couldn’t even be bothered to finish it!
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep dark brown coloured body with a light colour near the bottom, near 90% opaque. No head at all, making the beer look still. Aroma of roasted malt, soy sauce, worsteshire sauce and a tiny bit of raisins. Medium-bodied; Strong taste of alcohol up front with some roasted malt and chocolate along with a tiny bit of tobacco. Aftertaste shows a bunch of sweetness - cherries, prunes, raisins and definitely molasses. Overall, pretty bad - there is no carbonation at all...but the beer isn’t the worst ever. I sampled this 25 cL bottle purchased from Chevy Chase Wine & Liquors in Washington, D.C. on 19-November-2005 on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.
GT2 (7035) - Riverslime, California, USA - APR 12, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330mL from Bishops Arms Folkungagatan in Stockholm, Sweden. Poured a clear, deep raspberry brune with a gray head. No lace. Aroma of sweet cherries, grenadine, plastic, chemical, malt. Taste is sweet cherry juice, sweet syrup, light alcohol. Palate is thick, sweet, syrupy, heavy carbonation.
Oakes (11031) - 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.
cheap (3657) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Had the pleasure of sampling this at the 7/9/2009 Pittsburgh RB tasting extravaganza (PGHRBEXT) at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. It will be a long time, if ever I see a spread of bottles like I did there. I am not good enough for the beers that were that we served! For example, how about this beer; 2004 vintage Carnegie Stark porter. Dark porter appearance, but not cloudy. Barely any carbonation. Roasty aroma. Aroma carries over to the flavors. Taste is ropey at times and there appears to be some oxidation. Perhaps not as good as many more sparkling porters. Overall a rather laid back personality. Certainly not like most American made porters.