Mjp12 (336) - York, North Yorkshire, - JUL 30, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really tasty bottle conditioned porter. Pours with a nice head, and full of berry flavour.
jjsint (762) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at the Blacksmiths Arms, St Albans. Very dark brown with a thin creamy khaki head. Raspberry, chocolate and roast chestnut on the nose. A hint of chimney smoke as well. Sweet and fruity taste throughout. Long warming finish for this ABV. Silky smooth mouthfeel with a slight tingle providedby natural carbonation. Sweet/tart aftertaste. An excellent discovery.
Osprey87 (1693) - WALES - JUL 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity cask at the Rake. Black, no head. Aroma is liquorice and molasses. Body is medium, smooth, very low carbonation. Taste is sweet, under-ripe banana, some berry fruit, astringent in the finish. Too sweet for me, but it’s fine.
Otterdance (164) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Black with tan froth on top. Roast malt nose with a caramel twang. Dark fruits, roasted coffee beans, firewood and mild, sweet lactose. Dry finish. Medium body with a thin texture and a bit of fizz - par for the course with a porter.
planky84 (2105) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask handpull at the Grape and Grain- Crystal Palace Spring Beer Festival, 2013. Black pour with a tan head. Chocolate and raisin aroma. Vanilla, chocolate ice cream and some coffee flavour. Smooth. Roasted malt finish. Good stuff.
Grumbo (596) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask handpull at Mulberry Tree, Ipswich (ahead of seeing Australian Pink Floyd at Regent!). Very dark, almost black. Tan head. Mild chocolate aroma. Deeper chocolate flavour. Thick, minimal/no carbonation. Full bodied. Very enjoyable.
FatPhil (9344) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gravicask (CWAF2013, Thurs)
Phil (in a rush): Super-rich coffee-cake roast. Very smooth and mellow.
Anna: Tasty. Lovely aroma, some fruity esters in the mouth. Roasted finish builds nicely. More please!
stravale (2099) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - OCT 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Nina’s Mini Mart, Edinburgh 291012
Black, huge frothy bubbly tan head
Aroma of yeast, roasted malts, hint of spicy hops, touch of earthy malts
Taste as main flavour, touch of chocolate, some fruity malts in there
Palate - Very fizzy, thinnish body. Smooth palate (once the carb had settled)
Overall - Reasonable porter but too much carbonation
sic1314 (3283) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask in The Queen’s Head. Poured black with a frothy tan head. Aroma of roast malt and coffee. Very smooth bodyfeel. Flavour of mild sweet fruit over dark chocolate and with a dry bitter/sweet finish.
cgarvieuk (14279) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at home ... deep black ... thin dark tan head ... soft coffee ... mellow toffee roast nose ... dark roast ... light bitter ... way too fizzy ... soft chocolate