SarkyNorthener (1071) - 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 (131) - 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 (345) - 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. It’s flavour is very powerful, even at 6.5% which isn’t relatively big, this is a sipping beer. Lovely.
mR_fr0g (1363) - 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 (317) - 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. There’s 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 (1563) - 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.
yespr (28618) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
From cask. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, liqourice. Smooth toffee malty and soid liqourice note. Medium dry, light sweet liqourice impression. Roasted malty and dry malty. Smooth liqourice finish.
allmyvinyl (984) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle shared at home. Dark brown pour with good off-white head. Roasted malt and molasses, dark fruit, plums, treacle. All good stuff. nice to have a beer that isn’t shouting about hops. Well made porter.
daniele (4465) - ITALY - AUG 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
scura torrefatto caffe cioccolato amaro cacao discreto corpo amaro medio buona secchezza cioccolato intenso
larsga (5812) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium beige head. Nearly opaque black body goes deep dark brown body. Earthy chocolatey aroma with burnt mealy notes. Dry-sweet earthy cocoa taste with burnt wooden notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dryish earthy chocolatey aftertaste with burnt nougat notes. The flavour is very vivid, but not very complex. Still interesting. (0.5l bottle, from Clarke’s, Whitby.)