tombyars (1352) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First tasted this at the Paisley Beer Festival in April 2007. Cask, gravity dispense. Clear dark mahogany in colour with a thin creamy white head. Soft caramel notes in the short aroma. Creamy smooth mouthfeel and decent lacing. Mixed malts give a fruity maqlt loaf base with juicy raisin dates, sultanas with molasses present. Slight hop prickle present with earthy notes in the short aftertaste. Finish is heavy and malty with vinous fruit and caramel flavours evident in the creamy mouthfeel. An excellent porter but hard to find north of the border.
Mortlach (962) - Rome, ITALY - FEB 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
13/06/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (cask). Nera, intensa, con riflessi color rubino e miele di castagno, ottima schiuma bianco sporca, morbidissima, abbastanza persistente. Aroma intenso di malti tostati e caffè, con una punta amarognola finale. In bocca è amarognola, moderatamente caffettosa, con intense note di malti tostati. Nel complesso elegante e poco aggressiva, beverina e godibile, ma assolutamente anonima. Corpo medio, consistenza oleosa, carbonazione soft. Porter mediocre.
TEJA (1281) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm.
Thick lasting brown head. Black-red color. Small but fine chocolate taste. Medium body. Small roasted malty aroma with a tuch of chocolate.
mjs (4543) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at Oliver Twist, 20111116) The beer poured almost black and clear. Its head was small, long lasting and white. Aroma had roasted malts and coffee. Palate was quite full bodied with low carbonation. Flavours were roasted malts, liquorice, saltiness and low bitterness. Aftertaste was roasty and bitter. Good porter - especially I liked the lack of burnt flavour.
pivnizub (8770) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - NOV 9, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Unclear, deep amber coloured, small and stable off-white foamy layer, sourish-fruity nose, leathery-toasty aromas underneath; medium bodied, moderate bitter-sweet flavour, not overly dry, quite smooth; slightly lingering malty-toasty and fruity finish, accompanied by a light acidity. Quite well rounded, pleasant Porter........
SaintMatty (5182) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask (Oliver Twist, Stockholm) - Very dark brown with some red tinges when held to the light. Malty, fruity and roasted aroma with notes of raisins and chocolate. Fruity, malty and roasted taste with notes of chocolate, roasted malt and dried fruit.
Borresteijn (4620) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - OCT 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Almost black, creamy light beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark fruits, some chocolate. Flavour is cream, roasted malts, light fruity, sweet, malty, chocolate, light roasted bitter finish. Light bodied. Decent.
Svesse (6065) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - AUG 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Cask at White Horse, Parson’s Green, London, 20 July 2011) Dark brown colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and prunes. Malty, roasted taste with dark fruit, raisins, dark rye bread and caramel. Slightly bitter-sweet finish. Medium body, with some malt sweetness. Quite nice.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint on hand pump at The White Horse (London). Pleasant enough without being overly challenging. Flavones just a little lacking.
leaparsons (8032) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Criterion, Leicester. Very dark with red tints and a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and chocolate with cream. Earthy with some liquorice and citrus. Blackberry with some hints of soy. Flavours are sweet caramel and chocolate with some berry and traces of salt. Peat with liquorice and plummy, sweet fruit. Dry and herbal to finish. Pretty decent.