Alengrin (4237) - BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Icelandic porter with tan coloured, moussy, dense, ’membranous’ lacing head and very dark, hazy burgundy robe, blackish in general appearance. Rather ’animalistic’ aroma of smoked bacon, toasted rye bread, home made caramel, charcoal, strongly reduced beef broth or even gravy, some vague FFF, moist mushrooms, fermenting tree or even tobacco leaves, sharply smelling wet leather, coffee grounds, unsugared chocolate, fried egg, black olive, haemoglobin iron, faint hints of dried thyme, cigarette ashes, earthy cooked potato, dried fig and raw blackcurrant. Restrained onset of deeply meaty umami, biltong- and cured bacon-like sensations, very little to almost no sweetness, ’basic’ sourishness, salty touch of dried seaweed somewhere, softish carbo, mellow and lean mouthfeel, gliding effortlessly over the tongue and consisting of very nutty and indeed very thoroughly toasted malt bitterness evolving into a mouth-filling roasted bitterness with traits of bitter chocolate and cold black coffee (but not so much espresso), gaining a bit more bitterness in the end thanks to peppery, leafy hops, closing all the sweetness down completely - not a difficult task in this case, as there is almost no sweetness to begin with. A spicy bitterness rounds things off and the alcohol remains perfectly hidden, as should be the case for a 6% ABV beer. Dubbed a ’toasted porter’ by its creators but this is in all respects a typical ’smoked porter’, the American craft beer hybrid which began its own life since Alaskan Smoked Porter twenty years ago. In this respect, it is a fulfilling, well-equipped example of this hybrid style, albeit a bit rough on the edges; I am, however, convinced it conceals great ageing potential, as so many smoked beers do. Interesting beer for sure, but most of all: interesting to see how even a relatively ’remote’ community like the Icelanders have picked up the international craft beer revolution now. Enjoyed this - twice, in fact, thanks Jan for sharing last week’s bottle!
peponi (1317) - Mainz, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: roasted, chrunchy bread, ashy, bitter chocolate, something like bonfire, coffee.
Appearance: black color and brown head.
Taste: low herbal bitterness, really roasted, bonfire, bitter chocolate, coffee, dry.
Palate: medium body and medium carbonation, roasted finish.
Overall: Really good porter, drinkable.
thanatosti (1425) - Culemborg, NETHERLANDS - MAY 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33 cl. bottle @ home, bought @ Wijnzinnig, Gendt.
Pitch black with a tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Taste is medium bitter and the body is full and round. Good porter.
Niller (1341) - Hammel, DENMARK - MAY 21, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Kvickly, Risskov. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, lots of coffee, caramel. Medium body. Creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Slightly bitter roasted finish.
floydslip (326) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark cola-colored beer with a foamy beige head. Nose of rich roasted grain, unsweetened cocoa, and coffee. Flavor is dry with a pronounced toasted grain flavor with overtones of dark chocolate and coffee. Nice beer.
TaxiDriver (1678) - Stadland, GERMANY - MAY 15, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of roasted malt and milk chocolate, also some espresso. The small light beige head is foamy and has a normal duration. The body is black. A taste of malt, coffee, some toffee, the finish is very long and bitter. The body is medium strong to very strong, very creamy and oily with a normal carbonation.
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Deep brown body with a small, frothy beige head. Aroma of roasted grain, coffee, chocolate, herbal hops, vanilla. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly sweet and moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Lots of roast and coffee in the taste. The chocolate and nicely balanced with the bitterness. Tasty.
Nisse666 (5973) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 10, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Savure-Biere cons 2016-05-10 Göteborg
AR: coffey, dull
AP: dark brown, wee stouty cream coffey lid
F: fizzy, dry, wee watery, espresso coffey, caramel
CrazEase (7) - Alabama, USA - APR 29, 2016 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed from bottle. Pretty good beer. Quite dark, medium body. fairly sweet. Little bit of coffee flavor. This beer is not bitter. Not from hops, not from coffee. I love hops and prefer an abundance of strong hop flavor in all my beer and this beer is far to the sweet side of flavor. For what it is is is quite good though, easy drinking and quite the treat. Would prefer more hop but still very good, not great, but yummy, cheers
Gespuccian (105) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nose is coffee, cocoa, roasted malt. Pours a dark opaque brown with a finger of tan head. Taste is cocoa, coffee, some roast malt. Not overly bitter, very smooth, with a clean finish.