lagomswedish (213) - UmeŚ, SWEDEN - NOV 9, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Drank this from a keg at the Bishops
Arms in UmeŚ in northern Sweden just as the long winter is rolling in - the perfect moment for a porter!
Appearence - dark brown, almost ink black, with a creamy tan head that followed me all the way down to the bottom of the pint glass.
Aroma - Wow!!! Huge nose of roasted coffee, chocolate, treacle and butter.
Flavour - Masses of raisins, dark fruits overlaid with chocolate, butter and expresso coffee. A slight ash/burnt aftertaste, dry and crisp, with a residual burnt sugar taste.
Palate - luxurious and sensual (steady on). Creamy and smooth with low carbonation.
Overall - If this is really what they drank in London in the early nineteenth century then I was born a hundred years too late!
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 23, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím not a fan of the bottle version but as a cask-man I was eager to try it on cask. Being a naÔve Canadian I thought this popular beer would be available on cask everywhere. Wrong! I only came across it on my last day in London. I think it was at the Hung Drawn And Quatered, one of the most beautiful London pub (not on ratebeer because itís a Fullerís pub with a limited beer selection). Brown-black body with a small tan head. Body was thinner but the taste was less molasses/sticky than the bottle. Rich roasted malt flavour with slightly bitter dark chocolate and some black liquorice. Very well balanced. In a way lighter than the bottle but better and easier to drink. Ah England, come for the beer, leave for the food.
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is chocolate and roasted malts. Taste is similar with some grassyness coming through, finding it a bit thin and unintresting really, maybe grainy also.
anders37 (15300) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - SEP 17, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ Charlieís Bar, Copenhagen. Pours a black colour with a small off-white head. Fruity roasted malty aroma with some hints of chocolate. Roasted malty flavor with lots of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malty finish with some fruitieness.
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - SEP 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask at The Rover] Roasted coffee aroma, some chocolate, slightly burnt, berry fruit. full body, dry, hopped finish.
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at the Euston Flyer, Clerkenwell, London. I was quite happy to finally find this on cask even in the summer....aroma packs in molasses, brown sugar, licorice, rye, and chocolate. Still, the roasted malt and chocolate malt balance the flavor beautifully, so there is only a hint of sweetness (a taste similar to port). Such a rich and full-bodied brew this is, but still so drinkable, even while I sweated in that hot pub.
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Charlies, Copenhagen. Deep brown beer with a small thin light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a nice coffee bitterness. Roasted malty flavor with a light coffee note and a faint sweetness. Quite thin and watery finish.
skenward (4) - ENGLAND - APR 20, 2006 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good Porter, traditional in aroma and flavour. Good for those cold winter nights when you need to feel you have something of substance. Great as an ingredient in Beef & Oyster pie!
Emil (6067) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - APR 19, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
CASK at Charlies. Black colour with a small beige head. Light roasted malty aroma and taste, dry. Medium body with a light dry hoppy finish.
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(On tap) Black and almost opaque with a vague reddish hue. Creamy, beige head leaving some laces. Lightly burned, malty nose. Rather full body, lightly burned malty flavours with some incredibly delicious almost vinous accents - port - and some accents of dried fruit. Discreet hoppy finish. 160406