Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 8, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Ok, first off weíll skip all that crap about how much of a pain in the ass it was just to get this beer. Most of you are probably sitting there with your pud in one hand and a Gonzo Porter in the other thinking ďShit, dude, just go to the store.Ē And thatís the frickiní problem. I live in Canada, man. There really is only one store I can buy this stuff. Hey, cheers to mgermani for posting about that. Thatís community spirit right there. But yeah, Point Grey is pretty far out of the way for this eastside boy.
Been watching hockey all day Ė actually kind of funny drinking a Denver beer the night those wankers (except Sakic, heís no wanker) get eliminated. What glass? Harvey Porter, too right. Itís my go-to glass for quality porter of all types. Donít use it for stout. Donít use it for bock. Probably should use it for bock. But donít. Itís the porter glass and thatís all there is to it.
Pretty damn close to black. But not quite. Thirteen years ago that would be black. Beaumont taught me that black usually isnít black. Nice creamy head and not a widget in sight. Nice to see somebody out there still thinks that brewing talent is better than technology. Did you know that the Vancouver public just voted Subway for ďbest sandwichĒ? Yeah. Those are the same dumb cunts who think a widget head is better looking than this thing. I think a lot of folks have forgotten that opinions should only come from experience and brains Ė the rest of the people should shut the fuck up. I donít want to drink this mother until Iíve blown off a roll of film on it.
Now smell this. Rich dark and singed fruits like plum, dates, pomegranate and raisins. Burly roastiness, tempered by abundant malt sugars Ė so clean and simple but so effective. And a hint of woody, grapefruity hops. Itís all there, dude. Complex as all hell and bang on to style, such as ďimperial porterĒ is a real style. More like a fun interpretation of a few older, established concepts. But thatís for another day, cause today Iím drinking.
Big and soft, this fills the mouth with decadence. The fruits are more pronounced with raisins and burnt plums taking lead. Thereís some roast in there, too, and a ton of smooth, milk chocolatey malts. And then the alcohol washes over you. One of the best feelings in the world, ladies and gentlemen, that first wave of ETOH on the brain.
Really well-structured beer. Rich and delicious. Itís beers like this that remind me why I drink beer. Cause sometimes you find a beer thatís worth trekking across town and paying through the teeth for. Fuck yeah.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2012
Date: June 09, 2005
Appearance: dark brown, thin tan head
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma and flavor
Overall: hint of lingering alcohol, light bitterness, dry
Date: June 11, 2005
Score: iii to iiii
Aroma: rich chocolate aroma with a hint of roasted and lots of sweet liquorice
Body: rich and creamy body
Flavor: incredible rich chocolate malt flavor, hint of sweet alcohol, touch of burnt malt bitterness in the finish that does not detract from the overall quality
Date: November 15, 2005
Source: brick store
Appearance: black, thin tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with a nice roasted character, a bit of sweetness, nice vineous flavor
Date: October 25, 2006
initially picking up a touch of the rubber life raft character that people talked about when it was first released but I never saw,
Date: March 31, 2007
Source: transmet athens
the sweetness is gone to be replaced by the dry dark chocolate,
Date: June 24, 2006
Appearance: huge scary pffft upon opening, pours with a huge brown head
Flavor: still the rich chocolate flavor, maybe not quite as good as it once was
Date: January 01, 2008
Appearance: pours black with a robust tan head leaving drops of drippy lace
Aroma: still the big chocolate and sweet vanilla aroma with a touch of licorice
Body: creamy body
Flavor: very rich chocolate flavor, sweet vanilla, touch of roasted for balance, touch of dark fruits, light fruity tartness
Overall: aging very nicely
Date: June 28, 2008
Score: 4.3 to 4.2
Aroma: sweet dark chocolate aroma
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor with vanilla and licorice sweetness
Overall: great as ever but the bar is always increasing
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 9/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
jcwattsrugger (10724) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 21, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle-pours a creamy brown head and black color. Aroma is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate-dark malt. Taste is sweet, dark fruit, chocolate-dark malt, vanilla, secondary hops bitterness.
thewolf (10533) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 30, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ChristianScheffel tasting. [thank you Christian]
Pours pitch-black with a big brown head. Aroma has loads of coffee, some viniousness, chocolate and a little liqourice. Nice light and oily palate. Flavour is great, heavy roasted with some chocolate and coffee. Nice - but could do with a little cellaring.
Christian (10355) - Odense, DENMARK - OCT 1, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The beer was black with a lasting off-white head. Chocolate toffee and licorice all came through in the aroma. It showed a perfect dark flavour of roasted malts, and charcoal notes too. It is indeed a real London-style porter, and doubled. No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.
KimJohansen (10341) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with short lasting brown head. Roasted malt in the aroma with notes of chocolate and liquerice. Flavor is sweet with chocolate, burned malt, and liquerice. Delicious.
faroeviking (10299) - FAROE ISLANDS - JUN 28, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared with BierKönig and Grovlam. Pours a pitch black colour with a fair head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, some bitter hops and bit alcohol. Bit flat mouthfeel. Sweet roasty chocolate and coffee flavour with caramel and bitter hops. Slight sourish roasty chocolate finish.
Pinball (10134) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle, 33cl (too little) from kvickly allerÝd, denmark.
black oil pouring ad creating a thick dark brown head. looks fantastic, aroma is coffee, roasted grains, cane sugar, faint fruity (hops), so strong it numbed my smelling senses for a minute. real good, flavor is roasted and dark roasted grain and malts, charchoal, faint chocolate, quite dry overall, and no distractions. coffee, caramel, changes character while you drink, good beer to enjoy slowly. palate is just a tad too watery.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black with a nougat-colored, huge and creamy head. The aroma is powerful with notes of roasted malt, sweet coffee and licorice. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of roasted coffee, berries, licorice and a very light bitterness. Itís nice, powerful and a yummi treat... 2481
Travlr (9819) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Dark brown, beige head. Aroma of burnt coffee. Taste is dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans. Nice.