bhensonb (10184) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Wine and Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours black with a creamy/bubbly dark tan head. Aroma is pretty smoky. Near full bodied. Flavor is smoke, and something darkly sweet - but not exactly treacle. There’s smooth burnt malt, and something like hop. It finishes more towards bitter than sweet. It’s not exactly complex, but it’s certainly difficult to break down the flavor into components. I’m thinking thistle might account for some of it.
illidurit (1999) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the September iteration of the Santa Cruz tasting series. Pours black with clear red corners and a cocoa head. Peaty chocolatey aroma, sweet and moussey. Flavor is well-balanced with equal parts dark chocolate, sugary coffee and smokey meat, with a boozy bitter finish. Not a very aggressive stout, subdued overall but a good blend of flavors.
yngwie (12515) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Ølfestival 2011. An almost black one, topped by a small, tan head. Roasted malts, smoke and burnt aromas and sugary dried fruits on the nose. Sweet, lighlty roasted flavor with some hints of dried fruits and quite sugary. Full-bodied and sticky, finishing with a lasting sweetness. Overall, too sweet and less smoked than I would like it, but a decent beer anyway. 110526
larsniclas (5287) - Billdal, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at CBF11
Pitch black. Small beige head.
Tar and peat. Sweet and oily.
ladnewton (1301) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Craft Beer Co on 17th September 2011. Impenetrably black with brown head that thins and lightens in colour. Rich earthy aroma, with caramel and smokiness. Delicious medium-bodied liquid with light to moderate sourness, fruit and cigar smoke; luscious finish of Christmas pudding, chocolate liqueurs and pipe smoke. Very enjoyable smoked porter.
lusikka (5171) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330 ml bottle from Ølbutikken, Copenhagen.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beautiful beige head. Aroma of dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate and smoked malts. Flavour of strong roasted and slightly smoked malts, peat, dark coffee, chocolate and bitter hops. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel and some carbonation. Long finish of heavy malts and coffee. One heavy beer.
Leighton (9619) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Craft Beer Co., London. Pours dark, ruby-brown with a tan head. Some roast and ashy malts in the nose. Rich. Medium sweet, light mocha, slight berries. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Burnt sugar finish, slight roast, some dark fruits. Pretty OK. Nothing special.
TheBeerGod (5003) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with spotty brown bubbles on the surface. Aroma is Smoked malt, soy sauce, light vanilla, hints of iodine and grains. Taste is roasted and smoked malt, light iodine, soy sauce, hints of molasses and vanilla and burnt grains. Body is light-medium with little carbonation. Ends with smoked malt, chocolate, roasted malt, light vanilla, softer iodine, burnt grains and burnt caramel.
blipp (5594) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Smokey and roasty aroma with a light sweetness. The flavor is smokey and sweet, with roasted malts, more smoke, and burlap. Good stuff.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, light smoke, chocolate, bamburg wood, and a hint of licorice. Poured black in color with a medium-sized, creamy, brown/beige head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Medium-sized particles throughout. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of malt, smoke, bamburg wood, chocolate, slight roasting, slight tar, and some vanilla. Medium to full body. Slick, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Malt, roast, chocolate, light tar, light smoke, light bamburg wood finish. 8.9%ABV is completely hidden throughout.