Pouler (10) - Århus V, DENMARK - JAN 26, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Under a short lasting off-white head, this beer appears dark brown. Coffee, chocolate and some sweet notes in the aroma. The taste is roasted malts, coffee and some fruit (plum?). A little nice bitterness in the end. A great porter.
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 23, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
from the bottle best before 10/17/04. pured a deep mahogany, with a nice tan head. aroma bitter sweet chocolate, toffee, roasted malts, plums and prunes, hard time taking my nose away from this one. flavor, toffee, chocolate, raisins, honey, malts, cherries. mouthfeel was a nice and smooth and just enough bitterness
CampbellWilson (533) - SCOTLAND - JAN 23, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s. Pasteurised. Rich aroma of smoke, spice, coffee, malt. Smooth mouthfeel, tastes smoky slightly sweet. Roasty malt finish.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
18.6oz bottle. Best before 14 Feb 05. 51.5°. NB Worthy glass. Dark brown, nearly black with red tint. Small off white head that subsides quickly, leaving a small ring of foam and bubbles. Great nose of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt, it has a rather sweet nose with some subtle hops notes of a more floral nature. Taste is roasted/nearly burnt malt with a fruity/hoppy base. There are notes of coffee, vanilla (oak?), herbal (almost cola-like), fruit peels and a slight sourness. Even though this has the nose of a big beer, the mouthfeel lets you know that it is not, which is one of the only weak points in this otherwise wonderful beer.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma was a wonderful raisen, smokey chocolate, taste was fruity malt, but disappointingly thin. Judging by previous reviews I got a bad bottle, but I’d take the Bells porter over this any time
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a flufy tan head. Sweet chocolate aroma. Taste is big on coffee with average amounts of hops. Big time coffee in this one. Rich, full mouthfeel. Lacing that lasts forever. Great porter.
mookie (45) - Tacoland, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2005 English beauty. Diacetyl out front on aroma yet not over the top. Taste tells a different story. Buttery chocolate malt enhanced by that classic English sourness and bitterness so well delivered by moderate carbonation. English yeast fermentation provides the classic result. It’s been a long time since I last had this one. How many times did I say classic? One more time! Serve at cave temp in a clean pint glass.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - JAN 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
WOW this is a wonderful porter. Pours a deep brown with and small tan head. Has a wonderful coffee aroma with a maltly flavor. This is a adamn good porter.
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an almost opaque black with a medium head. Aromas of roasted chocolate malt and a touch of raisins. Drank this at room temperature to capture the full flavour of roasted malt, a nice burnt taste and coffee.
pjk33 (390) - Sligo - Curllsville Heights, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Got this one on trade from kaggie97, thanks Kevin! Pours a dark cherry color with a nice thick head. Not a jet black beer, but a deep black cherry with decent lacing. Nose is awesome with raisins coming quickly, sweet and strong with coffee and burnt sugar. This beer smells like those wonderful raisin cookies that my wife’s Grandma Walters used to make with the sweet dough and raisins mixing wonderfully. Body is medium, which surprised me a little as I expected more from it. Little to no carb (it’s an English brew, what should I expect?) and I believe that is a fault. Taste is of coffee sweetness when it hits the buds, then sort of slides into a coffee bitterness and a nice creaminess as it warms. You definitely need to let this one warm to a decent temp. I was too eager... Beautiful long finish on the flavors, burnt malts and roasted bliss, but no real hop flavor. Good overall taste, but I’d like a little more hops. What else is new? Still a quality, kick ass porter.