rand (1297) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 21, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 355 ml from www.erzbierschof.ch. Deep brown to black, brown foam, unctuous. Scent and taste of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee marc, dark fruits. Top of the range with hints of mocha, toffy, raisin, perhaps Xeres. Quite of chocolate sweetness and its bitterness, creamy and rich.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a tan head. Aromas of chocolate and roasty malts. Initial taste has some bitterness. Lots of chocolate flavors come out. The sweetness of the malts is well balanced as a bitter hop flavor is also noticeable throughout. The body is full. The beer is very drinkable with only 6.5% ABV but no sacrifice in flavor.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on tap at the brewpub. Second best beer of the night, only second to Nemesis. Pours back with nice thick tan head. Nose of smoke and liquorice. Thick body, flavour of roasty malt, liquorice. Finish is bitter and smooth.
bvc (1180) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz twist off bottle dated 1/28/09. I’ve had this bottle since fresh, in the fridge. Pretty sure mreusch sent it my way, thanks Matt. Pours a deep rich dark black with heavier body for a stout and smaller tight even deep tan head. Rich and beautifully balanced nose of roasty, nutted, chocolate malt with noticable coffee hints...perfect. Tight small carb with great body that gives this beer a fully, almost creamy, feel. Lightly bitter and roasty up front, moves into some faint chocolate and coffee bittering. The finish remains bitter and full of roasty coffee and bitter chocolate. Very balanced and full o flavor. I need to have more of this.
Niko100 (2239) - Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich dark brown/black color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, coffee, & some caramel/toffee; Flavor of roasted malt, burnt coffee, caramel, chocolate, and some dark fruit; Finish is slightly bitter with some smoke; Nicely balanced & complex; Overall, delicious porter.
Hollywoodt (239) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, dark brown with no real head to speak of, Aroma is of dark, roasted malts, a hint of coffee and chocolate. The flavor follows this with just a touch of a bitter finish. This is a very good brew, and almost stout-ish.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL. This really is the standard in which all non-imperial porters should be compared. A great nose with great balance. Rich and creamy smooth, yet superbly hopped. The pour was pretty as well. A big creamy, dark cream colored head, spotted lacing, a medium-thick appearance, and dark black-brown in color. The notes in aroma and flavor compliment each other almost perfectly. Rich cocoa, effervescent coffee, caramel malts, and backing earthy hop. Start to finish, this one is quite simple, though so well done.
Nisse666 (5086) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle ay Bishops arms Örebro, 2010-12-23
The bartender was friendly to get me a room temp. sample.
AR: rich roastd coffey aroma, some choclate and a bit nuttyness
AP: pitch black with a reddish tone, 5 cm high wee bubbly = fizzy, dark beige head - slowly diminishing
F: loads of carbonation, nich choclate but wee coffeyness - the fizzyness destroyed this porter!
dwm1034 (705) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Beer Bistro in Chicago. Pours a rich dark reddish brown; thin head...wonderful smooth taste...almost too smooth to be a porter. Sweet but not so much to distract. Definitely a wonderful example of how good a porter can be...almost enough to make you enjoy winter.
Vignale (2539) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2010
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Det här är den perfekta portern. Kraftig, kärv, fyllig, fruktig, rund och len. Allt finns där som ska finnas. Fruktig choklad, mörk frukt, kaffe. Inte för mycket av något, inte så stark, och ganska snäll beska, men de andra smakerna är så stora att den inte saknas.