BeerViking (2939) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2012 Coffee and christmassy fruit on the nose, then a full body with lots of chocolate and vinous tastes, hints of roasting coffee, long dry bitter-choc finish, hints of a slight tartness reminiscent of an old ale. Strangely nourishing and refreshing at the same time. This is what Porter really ought to taste like... Re-rate at the Royal Oak, lots of dark fruit and vinous notes, a little drier and tarter than before, with the hops a bit more prominent, but still excellent.
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 17, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a nice creamy head. Mild burned malty aroma with strong coffee notes and some liqourice. Flavour is sweet with a bitter finish. Soft mouthfeel. One more please!!!
Fin (8130) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpump at The Fly in the Loaf, Liverpool 29-11-08. Pours very, very dark brown with an off white creamy head. There are some nice burnt and smoky aromas but only light. There is a good solid bitter roasty bite to this beer with the flavour of coffee granules hanging in there doggedly. Sweet and malty flavours combine with the rest to make this a lovely full bodied and very enjoyable porter. A7 A 4 F7 P4 OV15
taunusmies (335) - FINLAND - DEC 11, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark ruby colour with a medium-sized head. Taste is roasty, malty, with some coffeeish notes mixed with dark chocolate. Notes of spices and dark fruits. A bit smoky and bitterish aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and full bodied.
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at The Lavender, theatre pub in Islington. Peaty blackness with a ruby tinge, small tan head. Loads of spice and burnt pine-cone flavours. A dash of chocolate orange. Coffee grounds in the finish. Perfect winter warmer. Ages since I had the bottled version, This is equally as good.
bobinlondon (1259) - Harrow, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 5, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handpulled cask at the Malt Shovel, Northampton. Black with a healthy beige head, served in the peak of condition. Powerful roasted flavours perfectly balanced with generous hopping. This wonderful porter restores my faith in Fullers.
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap (@Churchill Arms, Kensington): Very deep ruby-amber coloured, smaller, persistent off-white foam; quite deep roastmalty nose and some raisins in the background; almost full bodied, smooth; solid dry (malty-)bitter flavour; roasted malt, chocolate, almost with a touch of smoke, in the dry bitter-sweet and fruity finish. Maybe not the ’’worlds finest’’, but still gorgeous.......... (BEER #4000!)
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
DAMN! Tried this several times while in England, and rating the bottled version reminded me I should dig out my notes on the cask version. It’s just such an incredible beer, warming, fruity, rich, not at all sweet. Reminds me of chocolate milk in its texture and bits of the flavour. I wish we could get this on cask in NZ.
Wombler (27) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2008
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Available every November/December time in Fullers pubs as a seasonal. This was based on 2007 cask. Dark witha thickish creamy brown head. Chocolate and coffee are both there. Lovely mouthfeel and very moreish. A lovely drop.
MrAleman (111) - Wiltshire, ENGLAND - SEP 1, 2008
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2008 Not available on tap much, but did find it on one occasion and believe it or not tasted just as good. Sadly I try to avoid chocolate/coffee flavoured stouts.