larsga (6930) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured so carefully by the host that it had no head; deep dark wine-red body. Deep, firm, sweet, chocolate, toffee and coffee aroma. Almost too sweet. Deep, sweet (again, I know) taste, of burnt, toffee, with chocolate overtones. Faintly watery. Fades into lingering burntness, with lots of coffee. Very nice, although too sweet, and perhaps too clinging, for a proper porter. In the end, this is quite good.
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, small but lasting offwhite head. Nutty and milky aroma, malty, some peanuts, vanilla and creamy notes. Flavor is nutty and milky. A bit thin, hoppy and with a hoppy finish along with some coffee and cocoa.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roastiness in the aroma is strongly suggestive of coffee and chocolate. Opaque dark brown body with large bubbled tan head that recedes to ring. Roasty, somewhat chalky flavour is quite bitter with some finishing sweetness. Medium body with lively, crisp carbonation. Bottle sampled at RBESG 2005.
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, thanks Per. Very dark in color for a porter, stoutish. Flavor/aroma was coffeeish and roasty mostly with touches of chocolate. Flavor was slightly salty and acidic. Burnt flavor on the finish.
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Quite nice, but it just felt a bit thin. Some nice smooth chocolate characters, slightly roasty towards the finish. Finishes a bit short. With a bit more body this could have been quite good.
ChristianSA (368) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Fast disappearing head. Sweet and slightly metallic aroma. Flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate. Watery mouth feel. OK, but could use more attitude.
Engelsmann (651) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 30, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours a dark brown. Aroma is of roasted malts, Hints of coffee and a yeasty fruityness. Taste is fruity at first, then a roasted bitterness kick in. Medium dry aftertaste
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
RBESG05: Dark brown in colour. Choco, roast coffee, loads of great flavours. Quite dry, and quaffable.
omhper (21892) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 25, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled at RBESG. Near black. Sweet and roasty. Salty and tarry with notes of licorice and coffee. Surprisingly light bodied with clean mouthfeel and striking bitterness.
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2008 (1/23/08, 50cl bottle, thanks jasonp) Brown head atop dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, chocolate, caramel, some smoke/ash. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some coffee/roast, smoke. Smooth medium body. (7/4/7/3/14)
(RBESG05, 50cl bottle) Beige head atop an opaque dark brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, coffee, sugar. Taste is the same. Watery light body. (5/3/5/2/10)