omhper (22902) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black coloured. Salty, spicy and bitter. This could be a regular starter.
Leighton (17802) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Very good porter. Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a thin though thick beige head. It subsides quickly but does leave significant lacing. Aroma is light, notes of caramel and roasted malts, and just hints of coffee. Flavor is restrained yet satisfying. Strong malt backbone, moderate sweetness. Dry and lightly smokey in the finish. Very mild bitterness, some stickiness. Body is medium, the alcohol seems to add some nice depth but isn’t really perceivable - which to me is good. The flavor would benefit from a bit more complexity, but overall this is a strong example.
bhensonb (13742) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Half Time. Pours very dark brown with a creamy/foamy beige/tan head. Aromas of chocotate and burnt malt. Med body. Flavor is quite bitter. That might be burnt malt, hop or coffee. Whichever it’s dry and bitter in the finish.Chocolate notes persist throughout.
jtclockwork (13525) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 4, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Almost black pour. Very light hop malt flavor and slight chocolate aroma. Not bad, just very basic. Rated 8/24/08
argo0 (12937) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a big brown head that fizzes as it slowly settles, atop a clear mahogany body. Aroma is strong, moderately sweet, chocolate, cream, some coffee, light butter, faint metallic. Taste is medium sweet, chocolate, roasty, coffee, some nutty, light burnt, cherry. Medium body, light acidity.
Lubiere (12575) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 12, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A deep reddish brown porter woth a thin moka head. In aroma, a good mix of chocolate and butterscotch. In mouth, a smooth powdery chocolate with metallic hops, a bit of butterscotch, herbal mineral notes. Tasted at CNY brewfest, Feb. 6 2010.
jcwattsrugger (12014) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-shared by hbmason-pours a tan head and mahogany color. Aroma is some off astringency, medium malt. Taste is medium/dark malt-peat/caramel, secondary astringent.
BeerandBlues2 (11860) - Escondido, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at 13th Richmond Gathering, courtesy of MaltDawg. Pours clear dark brown with an average to large beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of dates and leather. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, chocolate, roasted), light hops (earthy, woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, prunes, and dates. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation, and low creaminess with a dry and biting finish.
Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of MaltDawg at the 13th Richmond Gathering. Thanks! Pours a clear dark reddish brown. Large brown head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, a bit of a tart note. The taste is roasted malts, a milky note, tart fruity finish. Medium bodied. Decent. Maybe a bit past its prime.
Sammy (10793) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A serviceable porter. Black with tons of foam that was a delight on the palate. Nearly burnt coffee ground tarish aroma, sounds worse than it was. Average taste with significant burnt coffee bitter sediment, perhaps as it approached March expiration.