Idiosynkrasie (6548) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Clear dark ruby red colour with huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, beige head. Fruity aroma has notes of red and dark berries, a dry touch of fruit parings. Taste is initially minimally sourish fruity, red and dark berries, later with subtle undertones of milk chocolate and a nuttily touch, minimally salty liquorice overtones . Relatively light.
BeerViking (4220) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Deep brown with thin head, tart aroma with touch of coffee, touch of blackcurrant and coffee in body, but overwhelmed by musty sour edge. Not right.
TheJestersBeer (2393) - SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dry, medium to full bodied.
Roasted, aromatic taste, malt, caramel, chocolate, earth, yeast. The finish brings something that reminds me of cork taint. A bit odd. (2009-06-08)
BlackHaddock (6396) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Half-pint of the newer 5% ABV version: hand-pulled in the Cock Hotel, Wellington, Shropshire on 18th Nov 2012. I know Cotleigh have a bit of a name for brewing loads of boring ’samey’ beers, but this is different and good.
Almost black in appearance: good head of foaming biege coloured bubbles sat on top and refused to leave.
Roasted almost burnt maltiness to the smell and taste: this in turn suggested dark chocolate, coffee and liquorice flavours to my nose and throat.
Full bodied and fairly creamy and rich, obviously well looked after in the celler, this was in good condition. I would have had another but I was on a Sunday afternoon mission and had to visit other pubs before nightfall, pity.
JohnRMurdoch (4414) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - FEB 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Ales by Mail. Very dark brown colour, big beige head. Sweet creamy malt aroma. Roasted coffee malt flavour. A bit watery. Nice bottle.
SaintMatty (6886) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml Bottle - Dark brown with red tinges and a foamy head. Roasted malt, chocolate, orange and liquorice in the aroma. Roasted, smooth and malty taste with notes of burnt malt, chocolate, liquorice and coffee. Enjoyable.
Gary (1889) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2015 (bottled) It looks like a texbook porter , deep brown- only it resembles Rochefort 10 with its kick ass beige foamy head ; Nose offers nutty malts...ground coffee ,chocolate . Nice bursts of liquorice on the palate ...espresso. bitter chocolate and a rather tangy bitter-rich interplay . A quality ale !!!
cgarvieuk (21902) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle at home ... dark brown ... big bubbly tan head ... soft sweet toffee malt ... light ovaltine nose ... over fizzy ... soft toffee malt ... little chocolate ... bit light body wise ... dull for a porter
Fin (9690) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, not sure where I got this from, consumed outside camper at Bo Peep campsite, Adderbury, Nr Banbury, Oxon, 03.09.10 Pours dark brown with a filmy off-white head. There is some nuttiness and a touch of tangy fruits. A light bitterness is evident but the nuttiness more than anything shows through. A6 A4 T7 P4 Ov13 3.4
Christian (12958) - Odense, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Chestnut colour with a lasting off-white head. Aroma of toffee and fruit, with just a hint of ashy roast. Sweet fruity and toffee malty flavour with a slightly roasted finish