KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle The pour was a dark non-transparent black with a slight mahogany hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) light brown creamy head that had decent retention thus leaving behind some good spotty sticky lacing.
The aroma was not overly strong although the first thing I did notice was the scent of smoke, then a whiff of some burnt chocolate malts, a mild resin hop and a nice heavy dose of a leathery yeast with mild hints of coffee and molasses.
The taste was very malty and a tiny bit sweet with a touch of chocolate and a hint of molasses at first then slowly progressed into a mild bitterness with a nice coffee note and a mild smoky finish. The flavor lasted a nice ling time allowing the robust dark Porter flavor to linger on and on for full enjoyment.
Mouthfeel was somewhere in the middle of medium and full in body with the texture being creamy and a little dry with a very soft carbonation.
Overall a fantastic Porter with just a slight touch of smoke, actually more in the aroma than the taste.
Scopey (12505) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared in NH. It pours deep brown with a small beige head. The nose is earthy, restrained smoke, charred wood and liquorice. The taste is bitter - sweet, smooth smoke, roasted malt, liquorice, dark fruit and fruit cake with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. A bit tamer than I expected. Smooth and easy-going. Not bad.
Leighton (18526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared in NH. Pours deep brown with a frothy tan head. The nose holds light roast, some roasted caramel. Medium sweet flavor, some charred meat, roast, light smoke, cocoa. Medium bodied with average carbonation. Sweet finish, with mild chocolate, roast, more caramel. Not bad.
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Damian and Lona. Pours an opaque black with a thin ring of tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Taste is the same with the chocolate more pronounced and the malts in the background.
thomat (3371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 17, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Malty and smokey tones. Malt, smoke, roasted and hops. Medium to full body with a nice bitter / roasted finish.
jamaty (1867) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 9, 2015
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Marrón oscura. Coca cola poca espuma. Aroma muy rico. Café. Fruta roja. Caramelo. Promete. Pero falla en boca. Floja pese al alcohol. Sabor agradable pero escasa fuerza. Plana. Sin carbonatacion. Sin caracter.
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - APR 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Old rating. Nice lightly smokey and charred. Nice hickory coffee body. Medium bodied and pleasantly drinkable.
elbernays (1228) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home shared with Sean. Pours oil black with no head. Smoky coffee alcohol aroma. All smoky dry alcohol flavour. Woody dry finish.
Lowenbrau (3207) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
65cl bottle @El Lúpulo Feroz, Oviedo. 07-09-2014.
BBD: 15 Jun 2012.
Pours black with some tan head. Short head retention, some lacing. Light body, average carbonation, oily texture. Smoky, roasty, some sweet aromas. Taste follows the nose, subtle smoky, roasty and caramel. Dry finish.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle: 2011 vintage. Deep brown pour, fully black in the glass. Foamy light-beige head skims to a bubbly film & collar quickly. Aroma contains mild smoke, light char, sweet hickory, roasted malts, faint chocolate, & a hint of caramel. Taste has lots of dark prune, currant, & some dark sweetness to it. Light roast, smoke element is very soft with a faint metallic twinge & a touch of tartness in the finish. A little bit of sweet chocolate syrup, too. Medium bodied. Hoped for more.
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[6167-20140131] Bottle. Kitty litter and sawdust and roasted breadcrumbs aroma. Black cola body with a quick foamy tan head. Roasted wood grain and toasted coffee flavour. Full body. Interesting. (6/3/7/3/14) 3.3
(Vintage 2011; w/ blankboy, Greg Clow, HogTownHarry, jercraigs)