maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2014 Bottled 10/01/14. A black beer with a grey wisp of head and a bit of beige in the lace. A bit of smoke in the otherwise thin nose. Decent dark malts in the mouth. Chocolate and, again, smoke. Easy to drink and pleasant enough but a bit underwhelming really. Score 3.3
Subsequent ratings scored 3.8, 3.4, 3.8 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.6
CraftBeerNick (1148) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at the Rake, 16th January 2014. Lovely porter, deep brown, black, nice ash and coffee aroma. Taste us smooth and fresh, good stuff
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Very Dark Brown (almost Black) in colour. Very Malty; roasty malts, coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, hints of smoke. Fruity; dark fruits, prunes, raisins. Hoppy; some hop bitterness. Decent malt/fruit/hop balance. Smooth; subtle, tasty. Sweetish roast malty, quite dry, some hop bitterness in the finish. Liked this a lot. Nice Porter!
leebotton (284) - Bristol, Somerset, ENGLAND - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Metallic coffee aromas. Nice black, with minimal dark tan foamy head. Flavour underwhelming at first but then gives way to an old ale like taste followed by a rich fruitiness. Not hugely characterful though. Very tingly.
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black. Nose of caramel, chocolate and coffee. A bit funky on the palate, quire fruity for a porter but also dry with a hint of smoke. (Rating backlog tasted on or around 02/06/2013)
mr_h (3419) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Prestwick - very dark brown near black, non-existent head, roasted malt and coffee aroma, sweet, caramel, coffee, flavour, smooth
JohnRMurdoch (3635) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle shared with mr_h. Very dark brown, almost black, not much head. Spicy treacle chocolate malt aroma. Toffee coffee flavour. A bit watery and flat. Sweet coffee aftertaste.
Nilz (442) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - NOV 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, a black ale with a beige head; aroma pleasant of caramel, malts, and coffee; taste was on the sweet side with light carbonation and pleasant molasses, coffee and a vanilla note. Nice one!
BlackHaddock (4593) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml Bottle: BBD May 14, poured at home into a Gordons thistle shaped glass on 17th Nov 13.
I love dark beers in this glass: it shows off the colours and head so well and it didn’t initially disappoint this time either. Very dark brown in body with a tanned head that sadly fell away a bit too swiftly for my liking.
The aroma was ground coffee and roasted nuts with a malty molasses semi-sweet hint.
Taste wise it was also leaning towards coffee, nuts and molasses: dark chocolate notes with raisins and vanilla also in the mix.
Smooth yet with a mildly bitter finish, this is a lovely sipping beer and shouldn’t be rushed. I had some strong Cheddar, Celery Salt and plain Saltine biscuits with mine and they complimented each other beautifully.
themightyjag (222) - - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s.
Large creamy off white head, some lacing, body is very dark hazy brown. Nose has a lot of coffee, a little cream and sweetness. Flavour is coffee and smooth sweet caramel. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy with medium carbonation. A really enjoyable beer.