KyotoLefty (5590) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, brewed Aug 2008. Black with crimson tints and, by the time I saw it, no head. Very acidic aroma, citrus, plums, lactic acid, chocolate. Wee sour flavor, plums and grapes, chocolate, coffee, wine. Great sour balance. Well burnt malts. Wonderful stuff in great condition.
Benzai (5823) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Opaque black color, small brown head. Smell wine, spices, sour and coffee. Taste winey and sour. Lightly dry. Appears high alcohol but decent carbo, thin body. Note: best before 20 August 2010. Bottled 20 March 2008. Batch 147.
fiulijn (13000) - Malmö, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Philippe (Bov)
Black color; small head. Mixed aroma, notes of chocolate, cream and acetone. Good body, and good malt and chocolate flavor, with roasted malts too; there is some alcohol that adds dynamicity, but also some acetone. Without the acetone it wuld be perfect; it’s nevertheless very interesting.
madmitch76 (12235) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2nd July 2009
Opaque black beer. Dryish almost crisp palate. Very sour. Repressed wood and a delicate touch of smoke. The sourest porter I have ever tasted! The barreling adds something. Hangs together.
Koelschtrinker (9517) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 22, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Säuerlicher sowie holziger Beginn. Die Säuerlichkeit bleibt im Mittelteil bestehen und wird hier von Malznoten umringt, welche der Säuerlichkeit aber genug Platz zum Entfalten lassen. Trocken röstig, likörartig, etwas Kaffee. Die Säuerlichkeit flacht im Nachgeschmack schnell ab, bis dahin ist sie konstant und angenehm weich. Ein wenig Süße, hintergründig, veredelt das Ganze. Perfekt abgerundetes Bier mit abwechslungsreichen Malzkomponenten und Zitrusnoten – Super! 11/12/11/12/12/12
Meilby (5573) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 500ml @ home
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of malt, chocolate, vinegar, wood and akevitt. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a dry finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is flat
FatPhil (8114) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (Bierkompass.de) - Batch 147, BB2010-08, drunk 2011-03
7 Clear acidity in the nose, a very narrow spike at first, but broadens into that classic old wood-resin aroma, almost entirely due to teh barrel ageing, I’m sure. Behind that there’s a rich roastinesss that’s just short of burntnesss.
4 Jet black, brief dark tan head, settles to obsidian.
7+ The acidity and wood resins dominate the retronasals, as you’d expect. Very much an ’old’ porter. Taste shows more burntness than the aroma indicated, but it’s not ashy in the taste.
4+ Smooth palate, slighly acidic palate, obviously, and with a tiny hint of carbonation too. Finish starts with the fruity and acidic woody tones, but segues quickly into a really rich burnt roast - the aroma was fooling us - this is a porter made from black malts after all. No ashiness though, still. Very late finish has a lovely mellowness to it, which reminds me of some of the vanilla-flavoured bourbon barrel aged porters, without actually being vanilla-ey.
16 The last time I rated a porter, it was entered as an ’old ale’, and now I come across a truly ’old’ ale, it’s not entered as such - RB categories are screwed. Anyway, I won’t let that spoil the enjoyment of this storming beer. Didn’t get any aquavit at all, but that’s not a problem, subtlety is good. But I certainly got the old deep woody resins though, there’s no mistaking that. These guys brew great beers!
gunnfryd (9372) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 12, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is oak, akevitt, coffee, sourness, malt. Flavour is oak, akevitt, sourness, cellar, berries, coffee, malt. Nice beer.
dnstone (2048) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasty sweet with light wood aroma. Vanilla smooth porter with light wood notes and a strong tart grapefruit edge. Deep brown in color, no head. Different, but great.
glennmastrange (2038) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Heavy malt aromas of dark bread and toasted, light herbs and resin for the hops, moderate leather for the yeast, with charcoal, licorice and a strong fruity-perfumey aroma which must be from the Aquavit. Head is large, frothy but settle to creamy, light brown with good slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly lasting. Color is murky, very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately sweet, lightly acidic and acetic, then finishes lightly sweet, moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a lively carbonation and a chalky, lightly astringent and very dry finish. This was a lot better than i expected, having seen the overall score before I opened it. I’m not sure of the Wild Ale designation it got though. This is a perfect beer to pair with a cigar.