ClubGonzo (4888) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 16, 2009
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2010 Virtually no head (very low carbonation),only a brown fringe of thin foam when poured gently. Medium body and surprisingly little complexity in its composition (compared to my expectations), which tips far more towards a kind of sour ale than porters normally do, due to its very present aqua vita flavor. All in all it renders the beer far too sour and vinegar-ish for my taste, and its other components cannot disarm the overpowering sourness of the brew. A flawed experiment from Haandbryggeriet, in my humble opinion.
omhper (21867) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2009 Bottled at PBF. Near black, almost no head. Interesting tast vinous nose. Oaky nose Rodenbach style. Tart and lighter in body than expected. The roastiness from the porter only manifests itself as a slight hint of tar in the finish. Instead this beer is all about oaky tartness with vinegar and wood.
Finally Haandbryggeriet makes a beer that is not only interesting on the paper, this is by far the best ever from them!
sayravai (4700) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottled) Very dark brown with a small beige head. Very oaky and vinegary-sour aroma with licorice. Flavor of vinegary maltiness, not much roast until the finish, hints of licorice and oak. Pretty viscous body, although not quite full, with low carbonation. Forget about porter in the name - a very nice sour ale!
TBone (14780) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled (batch 147, 200308, PBF).
Opaque brown-black color, not much head. Woody, acidic vinegardish aroma. Wineous vinegar flavor. There is some toasted dark malts and wood. Was beer supposed to be acidic or was it born acidic? Do I like this or not?
oh6gdx (23583) - Vasa, FINLAND - JUL 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Ruby red colour, small brownish head. Aroma is mild sour wooden notes along with spices, roasted malts, caramel and some notes of akvavit. Flavour is strong sour wood, roasted malts, burnt wood, mild spicyness as well as some tart berries as well.
caesar (5966) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Hazy reddish color, medium off-white head. Aroma of big fruity hops on a caramel malty background. Some strawberry, slight alochol. Bit sweet malty. strange sourness. Weird.
skortila (4914) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 2, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Aroma Aroma has the hint of light tartness, wood and coffee. Black coloured with a beige lace. The taste is sweet with some sourness, coffe malts there some roast and fruitiness. Medium bodied beer. I’m not to fond of those sour porters.
altonbrownd (4589) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAY 28, 2009
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Bierkoning. Nice dark brown with thin tan head. Looks really promising. Toast nose. But the flavour is really sour due to the healthy Akevitt residue. I guess I’m too faint-hearted because it doesn’t work for me. Some malts, and ginger too. Well done for a Sour Ale, to be sure. But not my thing. I poured 80% of it down the drain.
Ober (2813) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - APR 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at De Molen brewery pub. Thanx to Menno. A clear dark brown colored beer with a beige head. The aroma of fruits like cherries with some sourness. Also a little wood. The taste has some fresh sourness with wooden notes. Little chocolate with berries. The aftertaste is most of all sour. It reminds me at a Flemish brown.
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - APR 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@DeMolen, thx Menno. Light lactic aroma mixed with chocolate. Opaque colour, light brown head, good lace. Sweet, very lactic (almost vinegar), other porter flavours but overwhelmed by the sourness that becomes harsh in the finish. Like a mix of Porter and Flemish Sour Ale.