cgarvieuk (11024) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at hanging bat ... dark browb ... thin tan lacing ... dark roast ... rich chocolate nose ... deeep roast malts ... big chocolate ...
Leighton (6983) - London, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home in London. Pours a very clear brown with a fine, foamy beige head. Aroma holds dry, toasted brown bread, some chalky cocoa, hints of tangy earth. Light sweet flavor with hints of tangy, semi-dark malts, a bit of cocoa, earth, light ash, burnt wood. Light to medium bodied with soft, fine carbonation. Light sweet finish, more toasty bread, some mellow earthy bitterness, dirt, baking cocoa. There’s some good character here, but the body is a bit thin. I actually have a tough time believing this beer is 6.8%. But the lack of oomph does make it pretty easy drinking.
DruncanVeasey (6116) - NUNEATON, Blue Square Premier, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 24/11/12. Dark ruby with a speckling cream foam. Outrageous nose blending mint, black chocolate, blackcurrant, red apple, watermelon rolled in ash. Mixed up beautiful flavour with an undercurrant of melon and red apple scattered with ash, burnt hazelnut, flakes of bitter high cocoa chocolate. Up there.
downender (5191) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Near black with a slight tan head. Big, black coffee and chocolate powder notes, followed by a hint of prune sweetness. Dry, lingering finish. very good.
deanso (3198) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
33cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK.
Thick creamy tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. Lots of coffee. A nice brew.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home (Beermerchants.com) 27/11/12.
Pours mahogony brown witha thin tan head that soon dissipates entirely leaving no edgeing, just the odd little pools of bubbles atop the glass.
Nose is roast malts, dark fruits, coffee tones, treacle toffee, touch of smoke, light medicinal notes. At first I thought there wasn’t a lot doing with the aroma of this beer, but it does have some complexity, just pretty subtle and not a nasal assault.
Tastes of light roast malt, dark fruits, prunes, dates, coffee, light hops, pinch of chocolate.
Light to medium body - a touch watery even, surprisingly light for 6.8% with light spritzy carbonation leading to a roasty finish.
Ok - but I wouldn’t go out of my way for this again!
jackl (2597) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ home. The pour’s deep chestnut brown with a large off-white head. Strong carbonation visible. The nose is nut, leather, smooth chocolate, roast malts and light berry. The taste is more the same. Plenty of caramelized brown sugar, nut and hints of slightly vinous berry. The finish has loads of pinewood bitterness. Light citrus. Quite hoppy. The body’s medium, heavy carbonation. Overall, this is really quite nice, balanced. If the carb issue was sorted, this would be a top-tier porter. Good.
wyzzywyz22 (1644) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Beer Ritz, Leeds. Clear dark brown pour with a meek tan head. Sweet chocolate and a little roast in the nose. Similar flavour., with notes of dark fruit and a little bitterness. Quite lively carbonation. A bit thin. Drinkable but not quite the win.
evergreen0199 (1332) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from beermerchants.com. A dark brown/black coloured pour with a small off white head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate aroma. Tastes roasty, malty, chocolate, some caramel and dark fruit in there. Quite a good porter but a little thin.
jmgreenuk (1305) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Connolly’s Wines, Solihull. The aroma is smoky and peaty. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with lots of liqourice and some dark chocolate. I’d have preferred a richer more flavourful porter,but it was still highly drinkable.