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 wifeís 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 (itís 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 Iíd like a little more hops. What else is new? Still a quality, kick ass porter.
mjg74 (2980) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark ruby, almost black color. Nice roasted coffee aroma. Rich aroma. Delicious. Deep rich roasted coffe like bitterness. Wonderful burnt, roasty flavor from start to finish. I was wondering if this was really that good. It is.
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Had it on Draught, Dark brown with tan head,smells of licorice and coffee,Smooth flavor of black and chocolate malts rounded off with a pleasent roastiness full mouthfeel
guzzler67 (1655) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark appearance with a garnet edge. Toffeeish, roasted chocolate malt aroma shifting slightly to dark fruits. Exceptionally smooth, full bodied taste with subtle carbonation. Medium length finish.
Holmgren (1) - SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very rich and smooth taste, with an full boddy off licorice flavors. Overall this is one off my favorite beers.
mmmtasty420 (4) - USA - JAN 5, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At first a smooth taste rushes your tastebuds followed by the cool flavor of coffee with a hint of chocolate,
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oeil:Black small head
Flavor:Cofee a chocolate smooth
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I just donít get why people find this porter so fantanstic. Yeah, itís good- very smooth, everythingís integrated really well.
JonMoore (2062) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2005
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2005 Cask, hand-pump at the Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough.
The best porter Iíve ever had, and one of the best beers, full stop. Malty, chocolatey aroma, with a superb, complex flavour of malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee and more. Full bodied, creamy. Fantastic.
Question; Is the bottled version as good as the cask? Very close, but the cask has it by a nats.