Gerbeer (2573) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 17, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
330 ml bottle. Pours black with large retentive tan head. Aromas of oily dark fruit (figs/prunes), rich milk chocolate, and roasted malts. Creamy. Flavors of of strong coffee au lait, a bit of mocca, and toasted malts. Beautiful. ABV perfectly hidden. But is it really a Porter?
Xstream (217) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2013 appearance: Sort of pitch black, or very dark brown at the very least. Nice 2/3 finger foam head. Not lasting too long, but has great lacing.
smell: Roasted malts together with some sour dried red fruity malts. Dark caramel & chocolate sweetness. Coffee as well.
taste: Quite amazing. First you get sweet & sour dried fruits, like black currant, vigs and plum. Then there is some sweet, smokey, dark caramel followed by roasted coffee flavors. Slightly bitter, but quite mellow for a proper porter. Then as a finish it all seems to come together. You still get the hint of sour, dark dried fruits, the sweet caramel and a bit of coffee. The coffee and caramel fade over time, leaving quite clearly the vigs/plum taste behind. Lovely.
mouthfeel: delicious. Creamy, round and full, but with a proper carbonation kick.
overall: Iím tending to give this one a 5 actually. But usually i only get there after i had a few. This is the one iíd go back to the brewery for so far, after bringing back a whole case of "The Molen" bears last time as tasters. Itís quite alcohol heavy, but you donít get none of that when drinking (after maybe ;)). It has such a great flavor balance. I like porters, but most of the time they are just a touch off balance. Itís too bitter, too milky or whatever. This one seems to do everything right. Highly advised!
EDIT: got some new ones last week, but somehow seems to taste quite different this time. Maybe itís because they need longer cellar time, but these werenít nearly as good.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
awesome beer, won the blind porter tasting, sweet strong figgy beer, lots going on, and that extra creamy body, X-quizit
MrHangover (3605) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ brewpub. Pours a pitch black beer with a decent amount of tanned head on top. Aroma has some coffee notes, some chocolate and alcohol. Also some darker, roasted malts are present in the aroma. Flavour is quite sweet, loads of molasses in the flavour, giving it a sweet, cloying mouthfeel. This is a heavy sipper and one to respect for sure.
patricks110 (2233) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Supremely smooth and robustly roasted just like a rich dessert. The pour is a purely opaque black and viscous mess globbing out of the bottle. A sweet chocolate nose and a firm roast. A hint of hops up front on the palate with a lacking of overall bitterness. A really smooth and easy drinking brew with sweet malts, coffee and chocolate notes. Overall, exceptional.
dalfaro86 (307) - Mexico City, MEXICO - FEB 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with a diminute beige head with poor retention, aroma has notes of caramel, alcohol and roasted malts, medium to robust body, the flavor has notes of roasted malt, wood and caramel, bitter finish.
Dommod2011 (704) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 9, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Everybody else seemed to be drinking something good so I thought Iíd join in. And this is good. Very good. Donít know who Esra was but sheís got a cracker named after her. Dark, smooth, packing a big taste but hides the 11% well. Very Baltic.
RobertDale (4554) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml. bottle. Thanks Kirk! Pours almost black with a nice tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, fruit, and a bit of coffee. Taste is sweet chocolate, dark fruits, wood, some malt, and a hint of coffee. Very nice!
callmemickey (3895) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black-brown body, thin pale brown head, spotty lacing. Dark fruits, roast, dark chocolate, caramel, perhaps showing early signs of infection. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation, mild acidity, a bit thin in the finish, mild bitterness. 05/04/2012 batch.
Marduk (4503) - Reval, ESTONIA - JAN 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours very dark brow, with dim red hue glowing through. Small brown head is there to stay. Forever. Smack of fresh hops in a face is always nice. Only for chocolate, deep roast, coffee and faint hints of alcohol to follow. Deep, mouth filling roast, chocolaty sweetness, smooth maltyness in flavor makes this beer pure enjoyment to drink. Another one please!