larsga (6490) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 22, 2015
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium beige head. Hazy dark brown body. Earthy rubbery popcorn aroma with grainy notes. Dry-sweet roasty caramelly earthy taste with licorice notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish mealy earthy chocolate aftertaste with mineraly notes. Nice, drinkable, but maybe a bit low on character. (0.33l bottle, from Vinbudin Kringlan, Reykjavik. Rated July 2014.)
Chad9976 (1328) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I split an 11.2oz bottle with two friends. We each poured it into a sampler glass. It was bottled on 12/9/14 and was sent to me by a friend in Florida (thanks, Mike!).
Appearance: Murky, mud-like hazy brownish/red. Pours to a fairly large, tan, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Fairly typical porter aroma, though milder than most. The toasted malt is subtle. There seems to be a slight tang to the aroma as I swear I detect a tuna-like scent.
Taste: If I didn’t know what I was drinking, I’d probably think this was someone’s homebrewed porter. It definitely has all the characteristics you look for in the style, only nothing about it really pops. Toasted dark malt is certainly the most prominent, but it’s not quite as robust as I was expecting (or hoping for). This is closer to a traditional brown ale with sweet caramel and a touch of toffee. It’s also quite hoppy as there’s genuine bitterness here and it accentuates the toasted character well. Overall, it’s still pretty mild and uncomplicated, but there’s nothing off-putting about the palette.
Drinkability: At 6% ABV, this is not exactly the thick, viscous syrup the label would seem to indicate it is. The mouthfeel is medium at best with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Still, it’s smooth and leaves little aftertaste. Probably a little too light to stand up to savory food, but would work as a tailgating beverage.
Tide (2038) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Bier Bier. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, dark fruits and a bit of toffee. Bitter finish with roasted malts, vanilla, coffee and some licorice. Very nice porter.
sundahlm (15) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark - almost black with a touch of some red/brown colors in the light. Seems to be a not heavy porter like other nordic types of roasted and dark beers.
Aroma of sweet roasted coffee beans and a hint of fresh hops. Quite sharp in the nose as opposed to the full body of the smell - it hist you very clearly in the nose but still with quite som strength.
A fresh type of porter - a little sparkly on the toungue. Begins with a clear roast taste but suddenly it is overwhelmed by a pointy feel of the coffee beans and followed by a light bitterness that stays for some time.
Somewhat creamy and fizzy. The freshness isbest described as a bubbly and light feel - as opposed to oily thickness. The creamyness is not powerful, but theres is something about it.
Overall a very pleasant beer - fresh as the Icelandic air during fall and strong and powerful as the Vikings who first went there.
Maybe it is my Viking blood and Nordic-filia - but there is something about this beer that makes me very happy and makes me enjoy this dark evening.
lobs_ols (300) - LATVIA - MAR 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, strong beige head. Chocolate, coffee, dark caramel and roastiness on the nose. Full body, sweet with bitter roasty notes of dark chocolate, dark caramel and maybe some coffee. Finishes bittersweet and roasty. Very very roasty overall, but without going overboard. Lovely.
Pyrmir (3778) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle at Västgöta nation, Uppsala. Near black with small off white head. Aroma roasted, soft coffee notes, dark chocolate, light smoke and sweet malt. Taste is soft, pretty sweet, light smoke, dark chocolate and light coffee. Finish is roasted and a bit tarry. Pretty decent
mabuzzer (206) - SCOTLAND - MAR 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. Pours deep brown, almost black with a tan head. Coffee aroma, taste is coffee, vanilla and bitter chocolate
jjsint (1162) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - MAR 10, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from White Cross, Lancaster. Purplish black with a quickly dissipating head. Cheap coffee, blackberry, milk chocolate, seawater aroma. Taste is sweet with coffee and fruit notes, with a slight back-of-the-throat salty/savoury note. Odd aftertaste. Mouthfeel too thin and flat. However that doesn’t spoil what is overall a decent experience.
gorkogrlo (204) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brown almost black color. Medium brownish head. Aroma of coffee, biscuit and roasted grains. Same characteristic can be associated with flavor profile with some nutts. Full body. Well rounded. Nice beer.
Suttree (5370) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a fragile beige head. Smells like burnt toast and coffee, plus some milk chocolate. Taste is toasty, some coffee, and a hint of citrus. Some vanilla as it warms.