KnutAlbert (5571) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask in the Victoria Spoons as Celebration Porter. Smoky nose. Oily, ashes, liquorice. Sweet, strong flavour.
wheresthepath (1390) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Back of Beyond, Reading. Wondered if this would live up to its reputation, and it does- just about. Itís black with no head. Sumptuous rich mouthfeel. Chocolate, tobacco and leather up front with a plum-like fruitiness following, giving more than a hint of port. The alcohol shows through as you drink more and by the end is really a little too obvious. Possibly a bit on the sweet side too, but a decent porter nevertheless.
Beese (675) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Watford Beer Festival 2013. Poured black with a rocky beige head. Smoky aroma with dark malt and burnt sugar. Full mouth feel. Flavours or orange rind, spice and toasted malt. Coffee notes on the palate with peat and dark fruit.
Niall73 (695) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Labelled as Named as Elland Brewery Celebration Porter/brewed at Thwaites. Cask at JDW Victoria, 03/12/13. Pours a very dark brown/black with a tan head. Aroma is rich coffee, choc and mild booze. Medium to full body with mild carbonation. A pretty boozy porter with solid bitter choc and coffee with a slight citrus edge. Nice.
SarkyNorthener (1094) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Named as Elland Celebration Porter and brewed at Thwaites for JDW. Cask@the avion, aldridge. Black beer with small head. Aroma of chocolate powder and some roasted malts. Taste is some chocolate, roasted malts, licorice and dark berries. Quite light on the palate. Very nice.
Pudding (139) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. ar: strong nose from dark malts. ap: almost black with thick head. ta: strong roasted malt. pa: appropriate for style and abv. ov: strongly flavoured dark beer. I would be pushed to categorise this as a porter or a sweet stout if I tasted it blind. Good beer.
Pizd (368) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - NOV 9, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2013 (Cask, Rainhill Beer Fest): Black with a small off white head. Lots of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits on the nose. Very rich and powerful taste, notes of roasted malt and caramel initially, some nuts and dark fruits then finishes with a burnt coffee note. Itís flavour is very powerful, even at 6.5% which isnít relatively big, this is a sipping beer. Lovely.
mR_fr0g (1416) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask gravity at the Watford beer fest 2013. Aroma is burnt caramel, woody campfire. Dark caramel, ruby red small halo head. Flavour is salty oyster, roast malt. Light choc. Decent porter.
Garrold (365) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bier Huis, Ossett. Very dark, clear, chestnut colour. Almost headless. Aroma is dark, unripe fruits. Roast coffee grinds, some milk chocolate. Thereís a light hop character too. Taste is muscovado sugar sweetness, with a woody dryness following along. Smooth palate, but with a bitter, long, dry, roasty finish. Very nice.
kerenmk (1585) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the North Riding Hotel, Scarborough, September 2013. Dark ruby red with a lacy, creamy white head. Deep roasted coffee aroma with notes of prune and rye bread. Dry, roasty bitterness that fills the mouth. Full-bodied, bitter-roasty finish.