BlackHaddock (2887) - Shropshire, - SEP 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
31st August 2012: Icelandic or should I say ‘Einstok’ tasting evening at a mates house. He’d bought two bottles of four different Einstok brews. All poured carefully into a ‘Straffe Hendrik’ badged chalice. The third beer was a 33cl Bottle of this (best before 24 Sep 2013).
Dark brown; almost black body, with a small tanned head on top.
The nose was a smoky mix of maltiness with dark chocolate and some coffee esters.
The taste was a strange blend of alcoholic Cola, semi-sweet caramel, ground coffee, dark chocolate with Brazil nuts and a smoked German Ham.
Almost rich and creamy: but not quiet that smooth, the finish was leaning towards a bitter chocolate feel and although I found it enjoyable it lacked a little body strength for a true Porter style beer.
wyzzywyz22 (1743) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, thanks to Nick. Dark brown pour with a meek tan head. Flavour and nose was roasted malts, smoke, with a little coffee and chocolate. A bit thin. Was hoping for a bit more all round here. Overrated. Next!
gam (2900) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Large tan head dark pour aromas grassy liquorice rich chocolate honey the flavours grassy toffee taste rich chocolate sweet stout fudge like note creaminess milk toasted coffee very decent tasting the finish good porter richness a pleasing note mild bitter and creaminess good drinking porter
Jrwhitney6 (194) - - NOV 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer of the month club. Pours a cola black with a thin whitish head. Not much of a nose. Taste of bitter coffee. Good.
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Sebilinz (204) - Linz, AUSTRIA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle black Body with tan head roasted malts coffee and chocolate aroma taste is coffe and roasted malts aftertaste is slightly bitter with some smoke. Nice one
berkshirejohn (3955) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle from the Hogs Back Brewery Shop. An opaque black pour with a billowing light tan head that soon settled pack to a thin film; araoma of toasted grains; sweet and silky in the mouth with an attractive burnt toast taste, and a bitterness from the deeply roasted chocolate malts; leaving a soft toasted oat finish. Rather elegant.
Fritz123 (553) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the Dolphin Hotel Disney. First Iceland beer for me!! Poured into a large snifter. Very black pour with a thick tan head that lasted about 60 seconds. No lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, toasted and roasted malts, and raisins. The taste included dark chocolate, coffee, raisins, and a mildly bitter finish. Slight hop profile balanced well. Medium to heavy body, light carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Nice porter.
marquisalex (101) - Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured into pint glass. Black - very black. Tan head, which starts towering and frothy, but finishes like an espresso crema. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee - roasty and toasty. Tastes lovely, burnt caramelly opening, with a soft bitter finish. Thick, slick palate, gentle carbonation, full-on body. Yum!
Ughsmash (6909) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Poured light-medium brown with a tall toasted tan head. The aroma picked up sweeter, roasty coffee and generic black malts with cocoa and more coffee around the nose.. overall quite sweet, but I enjoyed it. The flavor found flat cola, vanilla, and tasty coffee at the core.. tangy, greener coffee beans and light oak on the edges.. finished with more coffee and a lot of residual sugars. Light-medium bodied and fairly flat on the palate despite the tall head.. OK feel.
jnkor (312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is slightly malty and toasty with some coffee notes, but doesn’t have a great carry. Appearance is watery but dark with a small off white head. The taste was a bit toasty and malty, but also a little stale and bitter. Coffee taste was present but not overly robust. Palate was thin, but carbonation carries the finish.
Theydon_Bois (5201) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle on the train from Inverness to Wick, from the Highland Bottle shop, 20/10/13.
Mid black with a good sized light tan head.
Nose is dark malts, brown bread dough, brown sugars, light roast.
Taste comprises dark toffee, light cocoa, brown sugar, toasty ,alts, light roast.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, smooth on the palate, fruity tang in the closure.