ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark cola color. About one fingers of creamy mocha-colored head is formed with a creamy texture and mediocre retention. Good lacing is left on the glass, at least.
S: There’s a definite vibe of stewed dark fruits. I also note chocolate (a good deal), brown sugar, and licorice. Definitely serviceable as far as the style goes; too bad my dislike towards licorice pulls the score down somewhat.
T: Yeah. It’s definitely heavy on both dark fruits and licorice, especially on the opening. A definite roasted barley note creeps in on the back end, to pair with the crisp, dry finish. This doesn’t excite me too much, plus its single-dimensional flavors don’t help.
M: This is very light for a 7% porter. Combined with the crisp, clean finish, the drinkability is excellent. The crispness is replaced with a bit of sweetness after a few sips, but this could still be chugged regardless. A bit undercarbonated, too.
O: Any beer that I can pick up a lot of licorice flavors in is likely to get a big fat ’meh’ from me - the only reason this doesn’t is because of how damn drinkable it is. Even still, I wouldn’t seek this one out in the future.
rayaron (1272) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - JUN 25, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared at a tasting at troubles’s place. Deep brown with big frothy brownish head. Aroma of sweet dried fruits, caramel and nuts. The flavor is nutty with notes of caramel, roasted malt, creamy, bitterish and sweetish, dry. Medium-bodied.
zvsn (1503) - ISRAEL - JUN 24, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours reddish brown with a big beige head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee and caramel. Moderate sweet, flavors of milk chocolate, licorice, vanilla and prunes. Medium-bodied, smooth. Nice.
DSG (11279) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 19, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2016 Bottle sample at a tasting at troubles’s place. Thanks zvsn & rayaron. Very dark brown to black with a quickly-diminishing big beige head. Nice aroma of roast, chocolate, nuts. Slightly sweetish flavor, rather dry, with roast, chocolate, some nuts. Medium-bodied, lively carbonation.
kingstoni (1902) - FINLAND - JUN 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with a medium thick frothy tan head. Aroma of smoke, chocolate and licorice. Bitter taste. A bit oily feel.
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geologyguy (1250) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 6, 2016
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2016 Great malty sweet smell...taste is pretty bitter...not in a good way for my palate...one dimentional and a bit harsh...not very smooth...medium bold flavor but the flavor isn’t great...finish sweeter than front...had at party at Trevor’s house (Bocce ball HH got rained out)
martin00sr (2453) - Haderslev, DENMARK - MAY 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, small beige head. Roasted aroma, dark chocolate and notes of licorice. Flavour has roasted malt, some sweetness and chocolate.
tderoeck (7816) - Gent, BELGIUM - APR 12, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
31/III/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Struise Beershop (Brugge) @ home - BB: n/a (2016-298)
Clear dark brown to purple beer, big irregular fizzy beige head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: very intense, dried fruits, some coffee, prunes, liquorish, overripe banana, calvados, apple skin. MF: lots of carbon, medium to full body. Taste: some coffee first, bit sourish, very spicy, liquorish, mocha, little sweet. Aftertaste: bitter hops, banana peel, coffee, some dark chocolate, more coffee, tobacco, quite some vanilla, caramel, soft sweetness, ripe banana. Very complex, lovely beer!
phfyysik (524) - Tartu, ESTONIA - APR 6, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with beige fluffy big head. Aroma is light cream, fruits, pie, dried apple, nuts, some metal. Taste is vanilla, cream, coffee, chocolate, liquorice, some nuts. Light roast in after taste. A bit too high carbonisation. Easy porter.
Nische (1763) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 4, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Saveur. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, liquorice and a hint of iron. Taste is on the sweeter side with vanilla, chocolate, liquorice nuts and leather. Slightly roasted finish. Gentle carbonation and medium mouthfeel. Overall a nice porter.
Johnstledger8 (654) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 20, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with a smooth lasting foamy to bubbly beige head. Aroma of nuts, liquorice, dark fruits, caramel, oats. Taste is of milk chocolate, bitter roasted notes, raisins, figs, nuts, molasses, hint of liquorice. Thin oily mouthfeel, slightly foamy, soft to medium carbonation.