rwgould (325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.5l bottle from the LCBO. Served in a pint glass. Pours an opaque brown, small frothy beige head that dissipates quickly. Aroma: Grapes (muscat), chocolate, coffee. Palate: Full bodied. Creamy. Slow, slightly dry finish. Taste: Flavour packs a punch. Sweet and bitter, notable alcohol taste. Strong notes of butterscotch. Pretty good.
neongolden (316) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 (500mL from LCBO) Poured at cellar temperature, a clear dark brown with auburn accents and a thin ring of head quickly dissipating off-white head. Aroma of molasses, dates, muscat grapes, raisins, rum balls, woodiness. Flavour is sweet to start, molasses, cocoa powder, vinous grape juice, dark fruit, something like smoky oak and light bittering hops leading to a dry finish where the alcohol makes the barest impression, again with chocolate. Smooth, malt and sugar addition-driven without much yeast character as expected. Fairly light mouthfeel for the ABV, no burn and soft carbonation. This feels like an old-school beer like I imagine the style to be typified by.
jdobbs (269) - New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 6, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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chris__hartley (266) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours deep mahogany almost black with auburn highlights; the head is beige and foamy. The aroma has notes of: molasses, cocoa, leather, rum, wet-cedar, and slight vanilla flower. The taste is medium sweet that finishes light dry; there are notes of: molasses, pumpernickel bread, dates, and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, has low carbonation, and a little sticky. Overall, could use some body but the flavours stand well on their own.
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours a black color but it appears more brown when held up to the light. It has a 2 finger fluffy tan head. It has a decent amount of carbonation present and some small spots of lacing.
On the nose I am getting some roasted malt but mostly dominated by chocolate.
The flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma, I am picking up some roasted/burnt malt, but some dark fruit for sure in there, also I am picking up some real dark chocolate bitterness. This offering has some great elements but nothing bringing it all together.
It finishes with some real metallic notes and a sourness. There is some bitterness that shows up near the end but nothing to crazy. I have to say compared to other Porters I have had it falls short but still worth a try.
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick opaque brown with a thin creamy light brown head. Nose is very faint, with some roasty malts, and not a whole lot else. First thing I notice is that it is very smooth. Flavour is a bit of alcohol and lots of chocolatey malts. There is some bitterness, particularly in the finish. It has some almost spicy notes present as well, in the middle and the finish. Finish is slightly slightly bitter and lots of black malts. Mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. Very nice.
Lanchester (182) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with reddish highlights, a thin ring of foam hugs the edges. Picking up light roasted cereals and coffee in the nose...perhaps a touch metallic. Nice roasted malt profile and hints of molasses come through, finishes with a warming and sharp alcoholic bite. A little thin on the palate and not as rich as I would have expected. All in all, enjoyable, although doesn’t measure up other examples I’ve tried in the past.
PatIrish (168) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black with head that wisps away very quickly. Aroma, black licorice, oak, vanilla. Palate is very sweet, molasses, toffee & coffee. Not quite what I expected, but enjoyed all the same.
zeek (165) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown, close to black. Quite smooth in the mouth, finishes clean.
plaugher (127) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle into an English pint. Pours a deep ruby brown with a light peripheral tan head. Aroma of caramel and roasted malts, and perhaps a hint of chocolate. Rich flavour with caramel and dark chocolate. Medium bodied, a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. Warming.