Cantabrian (763) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 29, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really the Estonian A le Coq Porter that I wanted to try. Black as oil with no mentionable or visible head. Pungent musky aroma of leather and ocelots (Leopardus pardalis). Strong flavours of coffee, with touches of tobacco, Seville orange and olives. Oily feel, but not something to be craving for a second.
Beese (1117) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Great British Beer Festival 2013. Poured a thick black colour with a thin head of light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt with soy sauce and marmite notes. Coffee flavours with dark chocolate and liquorice. Finishes with Oxo, black syrup and burnt toast. Pretty good, but a bit on the sweaty cask side. Definitely better in bottle.
blackflag321 (444) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 vintage. 9.3 oz bottle poured in snifter. Black/brown with small head. This has a very unique taste that put me off at first but I enjoyed it because it tasted so different. Sweet and sour, hint of soy, funky roasted malt.
RobertDale (2942) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - AUG 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 ounce, 2003 bottle. Pours black with a very small brown head. Aroma of malt, fruit, licorice, and alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruit, licorice, chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. Complex and interesting.
dnicolaescu (537) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - AUG 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GBBF 2013 backlog. CASK.
Head: coffee. Colour: black.
Aroma: complex, roasted, licorice, sourish, decomposing plants.
Taste: complex, salty 99% chocolate, semi-decomposed-plants bitterness.
Elwood (2960) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: Bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours black with a dense tan head. The nose is vinous at first with a little soy turning meaty as the brew warmed. Thick and rich on the tongue. Notes of aged red wine, port, leather, soy, and aged balsamic vinegar. A little dense on the tongue with an oily texture, but an interesting mix of flavors that evolve as it warms.
evergreen0199 (1832) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at GBBF 2013, Olympia, London. A black coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, soy sauce aroma. Tastes is similar, roasty, malty, soy, a little coffee and chocolate. Not bad but lacking in complexity.
EdKing (1760) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at GBBF 2013. Opaque black, off white to brown head, bubbly. Nose is sulphur, eggy, ash, soy sauce, roasted malt, cardboard. Taste is roasted malt, lots of golden syrup, slight tasty saltiness, finish is roasted malt black coffee bitter. Alcohol. Nose is a shocker and taste is a little sweeter and nicer.
Niall73 (1055) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at GBBF 2013. Pours a dense black/brown. Meaty, sweet aroma. Full bodied. Chewy, meaty, boozy, lots of licorice, very treacle. A bit too cloying. OK.
Osprey87 (1180) - London via, WALES - AUG 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at GBBF. Black with slight foamy head. Smells of coffee, yeast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is very nice - soft, not foamy. Taste is liquorice and aniseed to start, then I pick up smoke, sweetness comes through, slight coffee. Complex. I liked this. A lot. Very slight sharpness in the finish if I have to pick a flaw, but overall this is a real winner. I bought a bottle in the hope it is as good as the cask version. Fingers crossed.