mcberko (6443) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
180mL bottle, sent from Glouglouburp (thanks Dany), pours black with a small tan ring of head. Aroma of sugar, slight brandy (though not as pronounced as in the Reserva version), liqueur-coated chocolate and a considerable hop presence. Flavour is rich and full-bodied with brandy covered fruits, chocolate, slight booze, wood, and finishes roasty and hoppy. Full-bodied and complex, especially for a porter. Inferior to the Reserva but still damn well-made and enjoyable.
FaithHealer1 (358) - SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Dan’s. Pours a deep black/brown. Aroma of dark fruit, hop spiciness, liquor, a touch of chocolate. Chocolate, dark fruits, liqyorice and hop spice in the taste. Maybe a touch flat, but it suits this one. Very nice indeed.
dantheman278 (1361) - SCOTLAND - JAN 1, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home. Black pour, tiny beige head fades to nothing. Possibly a little flat. Big fruity nose, liquorice, spicy hops. Definitely porter not stout. Rich chocolate front, fruity, slightly tangy with a bitter fruity finish. Lovely beer!
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1122) - FINLAND - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 bottle. Black with a small tan head. Roasted aroma with malt, liquorice and coffee. Flavour is roasted malt, bitter hops, some coffee and liquorice. Full-bodied, dry and bitter aftertaste. Good, quite balanced porter.
erickok (3533) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 23, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown, dark bodied with amazing bubbly and firm tan head. Rich, creamy aroma with roasted bread, chocolate covered toffee and pine tree. Great lacing. Very, very smooth body, even though the alcohol bursts though in your troat. Some sharp nasty bits in the taste but these bring a welcoming bitterness to the otherwise sweet balanced beer. Aftertaste stays seemingly forever. A heartwarming beer, this is. Rough and smooth at the same time. An attack to your Christmas spirit taste buts. Like. (33cl bottle)
suprchunk (2248) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour. Medium-sized tan head that falls quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing. Notes of vanilla, roasted grains, and alcohol. Chocolate and vanilla tastes. Bitter. Nice beer.
nimbleprop (4873) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
18cl bottle pours an opaque, mahogany brown with a thin, creamy, slight off white head. Aromas of ground dark chocolate, light smoke, almost like a slice of brown bread that spent two minutes too long in the toaster, malted milk balls, a little rubber, some dried pine. Flavor is bitter, both from the hops and from burnt malts, rubbery, some light smoke, dried leaves, some cherry, a little espresso, mexican chocolate. Full bodied, dry, slightly hot finish.
jaghana (3905) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - NOV 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle #0722 from Allen thanks a lot. A dark beer with low brownish head. Nose is caramel and chocolate like, hopy. Aroma is a creamy dark chocolate with an intense roasted and bitter licorice finish, molasse. Body is creamy with grassy, resin and metallic notes, some vinous notes too, alcohol is a bit burning, notes of prunes, pineapple almond and coconut notes. Intense aftertaste, very long hops bouquet and bitterness.
riversideAK (5625) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
ANother gem shared by Tom. Thanks! Aroma is a touch musty and oxidized, basement, alcohol, dark fruit, a touch of smoke. Pours dark brown with no head aat all. Some smoke, dark fruit, roast, light soy. Lingering light roast in the finish. Not carbonated at all. Somewhat refined and clean, unobtrusive imperial porter in many regards. FInishes a little hot, but not over the top. GOod stuff.
fugitive (1342) - Athens, GREECE - NOV 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2011. Color very dark brown with small brown head. Aroma malt, roasted, coffee, strawberry praline, chocolate. Taste coffee, chocolate, roasted, caramel, praline.