Fin (6628) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask conditioned gravity dispense at Merton Winter Beer Festival 16-02-07. This beer poured a dark brown colour with a small tan head. Aroma was coffee and some dark fruit, flavour also fruity, roasty, coffee and with some reasonable bitterness and a drying finish. I quite enjoyed this but rather hoped it would be a little better than it was.
imdownthepub (9152) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned at Merton Beer Fest 07. Dark brown with tan head. I like the way that Crouch Vale make their speciality beers at higher strengths (for the UK), it shows a confidence in what they are trying to do. Rating this as a porter, it is a decent example, fruity with touches of sweet and tart at the same time, there are strongly roasted nutty qualities and quite a winey type finish. Good stuff.
Doppelganger (1387) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Far From The Madding Crowd winter fest. Pours a medium/dark caramel with a small layer of soapy tan. Soft roast aroma, coffee, milk chocolate. Soft caramel malt and modest roast. A pleasant beer, but very restrained and low key for a porter. Call this a mild and I’d be much happier with it.
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark black with a tan head. Mild malt aroma, bit chocolately. Flavour is medium roast and choc. Almost a touch of hoppy flavour there too. Nice body, ok.
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at Queens Head, Chelmsford. Black with thin head. Initially dry hoppy flavour but sweet full finish. A bit heavy, this does quite work for me.
Sigmund (4499) - Tau, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Ipswich Beer Festival 2004, gravity dispense. Colour is black / very dark ruby. Aroma is roast malts on an initially unpleasant background of vomit, gets better as the beer warms up. Flavour is much better, again: roast malts and coffee. Bitterness seems just right. Easy drinking.
DanielBrown (3477) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravity at the Birmingham Beer Festival. Thick feeling, musty Porter. Berries, especially strawberry, smooth, congealed cocoa taste. Singular, powerful. Fresh aroma, and downright delicious.
RichardWilding (201) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 1, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2004 Draught at the Battersea Beer Festival 2004, nice dark red/brown appearance. Roasty, coffee aroma. Smooth mouthfeel, decent beer.
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask conditioned @ Reading Beer Festival. Coffee, dark fruits and plastic aroma. Average body with no distinguishing features.
chriso (7306) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
After a run of mediocre beers, things started to look up with this one. Classic smoky coffee aroma and flavour. Rich, silky smooth mouthfeel. Slightly sweet finish - lacks that sharp lactic edge that porters often have. Not earth-shattering but very nice beer from one of the most established and reliable UK micros. Cask (gravity), London Drinker beer festival.