Maria (9964) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Cgarvieuk. Handbottled. It’s a hazy black-brown porter with a red hue and in spite of the handbottling also a small, creamy head. The aroma has notes of licorice and a little coffee. The mouthfeel is rather oily. The flavour has notes of licorice, bitter coffee, light peat-smoke, a light sweetness and the finish has hints of salty licorice. It’s a very nice porter.
Ughsmash (6973) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Many thanks to Craig for the handbottle! Poured clear deeper brown with a nice cap of beige head. The aroma found darker chocolate with a bit of licorice.. pine and fresh coffee grounds accented.. everything came together remarkably well! The flavor had a dark chocolate, coffee, and sticky miscellaneous black malt base accented by a nice blend of darker spices.. the sides were laced with greener pine and herbal bitterness.. tasty! Medium-bodied and well-balanced on the palate.. roasty with lower carbonation.. very good!
1FastSTi (3274) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handbottle shared by Jason. The beer pours to a dark brown body with a thin creamy white head. The aroma is rich and malty with strong chocolate and sweet milky components. Brownies. The flavor is chocolate and black licorice with a creosote like component. Roasty black patent. The palate is roasty and charred with a dry medium body.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Jason and cgarvieuk for this treat from over the pond. Nice roasted aroma, creamy mouthfeel. Well done porter. Very drinkable. Mineral feel to the water which compliments the roasted grains nicely.
Ethereal (2399) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 2, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2008 Gravity cask at the Battersea Beer Festival, 8th Feb 2008. Opaque black and extremely still, this has a strong smell of alcohol, camphor and roasted barley. The flavour is a heady mix of coffee, tar and liquorice. It’s got an almost medicinal quality to it. The full, creamy mouthfeel accentuates the fierce flavours. Worth sampling.
Re-rated, cask at GBBF 08, up from a 3.6. Very flavoursome, this is an engrossing beer.
renffisch (722) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
half @ 18th battersea bf. Smelled of tar and coffe. Looked a very dark reddish brown. Tasted of coffee, camphor(cough sweets) and liquorice and presented itself with a strong but rather short mouthfeel. interesting indeed.
cgarvieuk (12892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Manchester Winter ale festial 08 ... Deep dark brown ... smokey roast woody malts ... smooth very chocolaty ... some bitterness... some coffeee ... little drying in linger.
Fukito (718) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 27, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stillage @ CAMRA York Beer Fest, november 07. Flat, dark color with almost no carbonatation. Deep, lovely, raisiny aroma. Couchy. Taste is a mix between raisins, almonds, some treacle and a bit of burnt sugar and liquorice. Full palate, coating, velvet but with a dry finnish. Heavy, warming, complex strong porter.
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 6, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask, gravity, at Bedford Beer Festival ’07. Very dark brown. Ashy malt aroma. Strong burnt malt and chocolate taste. More bitterness than one would expect. Very good,
FatPhil (8353) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 24, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Cask (Peterborough BF 2007) (sip)
Rich burnt malty aroma. Massive baltic porter taste. Smokey and malty. Dangerous, but so very tempting. (7-5-8-4-14=3.8)
Cask (Gallows Bird, Espoo, Real Ale Festival 2009)
Day 2: Bacony aroma, touch of smoke, and hoppy notes too. Roasty burnt body, fruity esters, including pairs. Great stout.