Brewed by Galway Bay Brewery
Style: Porter
Galway, Ireland


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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   IBU: 31   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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This Rich and Complex beer boasts its roasted coffee notes and hides certain sweetness and chocolate flavours in the background

Hops - Northern Brewer and Willamette

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
madmitch76 (16830) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 6, 2014
3rd July 2014
Craig on Heat Tasting at ChrisO’s. Hazy deep red - amber beer, small pale cream colour head. Palate is light and airy, mild fine carbonation. Airy malts, very mild dark character, trace of tangy coffee. Light dry and bitter finish. A bit dull but inoffensive.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thelynchfella (118) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 5, 2014
From cask at the blacksheep. Beautiful toasted malt aroma with a hint of coffee. Rich in taste, full flavoured. Coffee, chocolate, toasted malt. Beautiful!!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humlelala (1060) - DENMARK - JUL 5, 2014
(50 cl bottle from Bradley’s Off-license, Cork; Lot 075; BBD: April 15th 2015) Pours black with a creamy medium, tan head that fades after a few minutes leaving some lace. Decent regeneration. Aroma is toasted malt with notes of ripe fruit and hints of chalk. Oily texture, medium carbonation, medium body and a short, dry and toasted finish. Flavour is lightly toasted bitter with a medium ascerbicity to go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (14465) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle at Craig on heat tasting. Dark brown lasting beige head. Chocolate porter nice soft chocolate. Decent

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (13021) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle shared at chriso’s. Pours brown with a frothy, off-white head. Tangy bread in the nose, some leathery fruits. Light to medium sweet flavor, some bitter earth, toasted bread, dirt, baking cocoa. Light bodied with fine carbonation. Bittersweet cocoa to finish, further earth, some coffee. So so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15934) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
Bottle at chrisOs... Deep black... Thin tan head... Soft dry toffee hop nose... Dull fruits.. Dull roast... Soft malt roast... Soft sweet malts

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3560) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 1, 2014
keg@black sheep, dublin
Dark brown, toastyu, roast malt, dark chocolate, full bodied
Earlier Rating: 9/12/2012 Total Score: 3.6
Keg at Brew Dock, Dublin A fairly complex and dry porter. A touch of lactose, dark chocolate, roast malts, thick body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAY 5, 2014
Old Stormy Port plus a little bit extra in every way. Thicker, blacker, denser aroma, more complex flavor, longer finish. Chocolate, coffee, dark ripe fruit, vanilla, some smoked malt flavor as well. Deserves recognition.
Earlier Rating: 4/10/2014 Total Score: 3.9
Bought two bottles from Malloy’s and discovered that one was the 4.8% variety. Pours a thick dark brown with a medium to small tan head that left fairly good lacing on the pint glass. Nice inviting aroma of toasted brown bread, some vanilla, milk chocolate, freshly brewed coffee. Taste is very similar to the aroma with a nice dry chalky mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
garthicus (2766) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 25, 2014
On tap at the Brew Dock. Appearance: Pitch black, nice mocha head. Aroma: Quite malty with a lot of dark chocolate and hint of coffee. Flavour: Quite sweet, lots of chocolate upon initial sip, then a good dose of malt comes through, long chocolate finish, quite a decent auld porter.
Earlier Rating: 9/4/2012 Total Score: 3.9
On tap at the salt house. Appearance: Jet black, tiny yellow head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, quite roasty. Simple but pleasing. Flavour: Excellent malt flavour, toasty, great bitterness with the right amount of coffee. Long bitter finish. Lovely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
stravale (2370) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - APR 18, 2014
Keg @ Oslo, Galway [160414] NEW version
Black, rich tan head, good lacing
Aroma - Soft roasted malts, dark chocolate, dark malts
Taste - Soft roast, deeper dark malts than before on tap, fairly sweet malts, plain chocolate, getting a brown bread hint, dab of burnt malts, nice
Palate - Too cold and fizzy at first...so let warm up. Soft carb, medium body, mouth coating malts. Finish is a bit dry, clinging dark malts, soft chocolate.
Overall - This new one on tap gets 3.7, the old bottled brew 3.8 (which I might have overrated tbh). The old tap one I scored 3.4. So this for me has improved on tap (even though I’ve given a lower score overall to the new one). I rated it after it had warmed up for 20 - 30 minutes and lost some of the fizz.. I’’ve rated Buried At Sea 3.7 - I seem to like both these beers as much. Maybe I’ll do a blind bottle tasting of the two...
Earlier Rating: 12/5/2013 Total Score: 3.8
Take 2 Bottle from Drinkstore, Dublin [071213]
Now...let’s try the bottle...Very dark caramel brown, big frothy beige head, bit over fizzy from bottle, some lacing
Aroma - soft roast, soft dark caramel, slight burnt note, hint of chocolate
Taste - Smooth sweet rich dark malts, soft bitter roast, slight burnt notes, hint of coffee, dark chocolate, some molasses, dab of treacle, bit of yeast (err I accidently poured a couple of chunks in), much more flavour than the fizzy keg...this would work REALLY well on cask
Palate - Soft carb (after I let the fizz go down), medium body. bit sticky, quite dark rich mouthcoasting malts. Finish as main flavour, quite dry dark rich sweet malts
Overall - This is much better bottled 3.4 > 3.8

Keg @ Salt House, Galway [021213] 6/3/7/3/14
Fairly black, ruby edges through glass, off white head
Aroma - touch of dark malt, hint of bitter hop, subdued aroma
Taste of dark malts, roasted malts, touch of chocolate, some burnt toast
Palate - Moderate carb, light body, too fizzy for a stout, tad thin, Finish - some roast burnt malts, bit dry
Overall - Not quite as good as the chocolate milk stout. Think I would prefer this cask conditoned or bottled (which I have and will re-rate soon). Not sure that keg is the best dispense for this particular beer.

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