SHANER4 (471) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle 12o oz. - Poured dark brown almost black with medium beige head that faded.
Aroma - roasted chocolate malt, smokey and also mild coffee scent.
Flavor - Roasted smokey coco taste. Some roasted almonds and coffee grounds!
Palate - medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Finish is dry and has aftertaste!(ashy)
Overall - OK Porter but not what I expected. Fullers London Porter is far superior!!
Radek Kliber (6378) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 355 ml
Appearance: thick dark brown ale with mid plus dark tanned top , some lace. 3+
Nose: Aromatic , clean black roast with fresh hops. Nice blend. Sweet dark ash with chocolate and walnuts.
Flavor/Palate :Mid full bodied. Roast but that quality checked , slight sourness on walls, smooth and balanced. Felt complete. Highly recommended well rounded strong porter.
thirdeye11 (5501) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught at Chumley’s) pours jet black, oily and nice creamy tan bubbles stick around a long time; lacing is great too. Nose of roasted toffee, chocolate, coffee, and even a little fruity. Taste is super roasty, creamy enough to balance it out, bakers chocolate and a nice roasted coffee finish. So creamy and delicious this is one of the best porters I’ve had. Not too thick to even drink on a hot night.
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a big beige head. Aroma is roasted malt,coffee, and chocolate. Flavor is roasty malt and coffee, with a good bit of bitterness.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours very deep brown, topped with a medium-sized tan head. Nice roasted chocolate malt aroma, vanilla, smoke, and some dark fruit. Flavor of chocolate, anise, licorice, vanilla, and coffee. Roasted coffee and hops provide a somewhat bitter finish. Smooth and delicious. Great porter.
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’ve been eager to try this, because of it’s high rating. Bottle from trade I opened at toncatcher’s T3 tasting. Black. Lots of chocolatey roastiness. Leans dry. A little to roasty for me.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pour is thick, sinister black. Aroma of milk chocolate, malty sweetness and oats. Flavor is an outstanding balance of coffee, chocolate, grains, a hint of fresh hops and more oats and grainy goodness. Wow, this beer is balanced, but the milkshake mouthfeel really seals the deal! This rivals any Imperial/Strong Porter/Stout/Barleywine I’ve ever had in terms of complexity, thickness and strength combined. Carbonation is low-medium. A coffee grind finish with a touch of round chocolatey sweetness really finishes this beer off. The flavor and mouthfeel are absolutely incredible. World-class and sexy-ass in every aspect.
piscator34 (1949) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Just off black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, smoke, vanilla caramels, and mild fruit. More chocolate and caramel notes in the mouth, along with chalk and a hint of smoke and ash. Meduim to heavy bodied. This is one fantastic porter!
gkost (1710) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Nose is a malt bomb! tons of dark malt, toast, some smoke, mild hops. Flavor is full of chocolate malts, roast, toast, some hop bitterness, earth, some alcohol. Nice full mouthfeel. What a porter!
Shakesbeere (212) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2010 Pretty dark pour with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate malt. Flavor is of roasted malts and chocolate cafe coffee. The very balanced flavor leads to a potent palate -- initially creamy, which morphs into a lively, more interactive experience. It is very dark -- there is a minute hint of dark fruit against the dark chocolate coffee --, and its merit in being so is its exact balance. Smoky with some subtle hops. Very rich, very "sexy".