nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 23, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown, almost black. Roasty, chocolate nose. Flavour is coffee and roasted malts, a good juggling act here between sweet and bitter. Soft and smooth in the good way. Great beer. Bottle.
DarkStar22769 (100) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle. There was a substantial head upon the pour, and it dropped gradually to a creamy bed on top of the beer. The colour is quite black, opaque for sure, with a slight hint of red. The burnt aroma, supported with a sweetness, is enticing. It draws one in. Palate is thin but creamy-feeling. The carbonation is biting at first, but it mellows dramatically. Flavour is expected for a porter...itís a beer I can chew. There are many flavours working all at once that I find myself pausing after each taste to take account of them all. Porter could become my new favourite style aside from the fact that there is a poor representation in Ontario. Iíve brewed better porters but for the everyday consumer in Ontario, this one works.
pintbypint (3143) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 19, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2005 500ml brown bottle. Deep brown in colour, mahogany highlights. Holds a decent tan head - creamy and frothy when first poured, then settles to a light layer of soft foam. Chocolate and coffee aroma with some roasted notes and light suggestion of fruit which quickly faded. Rich roasted malt taste with chocolate and coffee bitterness.
Beaver (1545) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 19, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The London Porter pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. It has a smallish brown head that quickly goes down to a thin film and then completely disappears.
Its aroma is chocolate and caramel malts and some dry, chalky toffee / butterscotch.
The flavor is acidic, bitter chocolate with some caramel malts and a strong butterscotch flavor. The butterscotch became a little overwhelming as it warmed - both in flavor and aroma. It has a chalky, slightly bitter finish. It is thinner than I expected and under-carbonated.
Overall, I was expecting a lot from this, and was very disappointed. Iíve had much better porters. I wonder if I had a bad bottle - it is 3 months before the best by date though.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 12, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle)100 overall? Well, by all means, this must be the mother of all porters. Roast and coffee is two things that pops up in both sent, mouth and finish. Not very complex in turms of levels but itīs difinite use of a few strings makes it fantastic. And I just love the watery mouthfeel, real porterstyle and makes you soak into a new and a new...
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2006 Classic Porter smell and look. Roasted chocalate overtones and great malty, toasty and roasty mouthfeel. Well rounded and balanced with ample chocolate and coffee notes. Worthy of its praise.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - AUG 10, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2006 Nice mouthfeel, but nothing to go crazy over. Smooth. It does lack an edge, but is a very palatable brew.This is a smooth, decent porter, but way....wait, let me use all caps for badly need emphasis...WAY overrated. There is no way on this earth this ale warrants a rating over 4---absolutely no way. Itís good, but only because itís on the positive side of being close to average. Thereís definitely some good choco-coffee flavour but definitely sans the character that ALL of the best examples exhibit. All the dark malt flavours are there, and itís nice, but the oomph is missing.
jasonp (1564) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - AUG 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2005 Pours a transparent reddish dark brown with a small head. Aroma is of delicious roasted coffee. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Very tasty, slightly burnt aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full and round but not that thick on the palate. Bold and delicious, leaves a nice lingering coffee taste. Simply delightful. Highly recommended.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 5, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown almost black...smells of chocolate and coffee...tastes thick and chewy...a fuller (hahaha) bodied beer than I expected...finishes is sweet and a little apparent alcohol...
rlgk (15792) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2004 Dark amber, nice offwhite head. Aroma from coffee and cocoa. Flavor is coffe, cocoa and chocolate. I really like the Fullers beers, but expected this one to be better. I have to look for this one on tap somewhere.