davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Dark ruby, poor head retention, light carbonation
Smell - Dark berries, cherry, black currant, vanilla, spice, nutty, aged roasted coffee aroma with moderate alcohol presence
Taste - Deep fruity, chocolate, coffee, malty sweet flavour. Well balanced.
Mouthfeel - Medium body, cream velvet texture. Crisp and clean finish with light/medium carbonation
Drinkability - Pleasant & well balanced. Not a session beer, but could have a few pints!
Overall - Good beer, well balanced, recommend it!
superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - OCT 24, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light toffee, light dark fruit, faint smoke, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bit roast/bready malt and light-moderate yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light toffee, light dark fruit, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, dark bread, toast, light smoke, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of roast/bready malt and light yeast ester flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English porter. All around great complexity, balance, and robustness of roast/bready malts and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
KM (339) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 24, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark and lovely. Nice chocolate aroma. Lightly roasted, sweet flavour. (Hospitalsløkkan, 24.10.2014)
SperkeleForce (570) - FINLAND - OCT 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 33 CL. Pours black with small white brown lacing head. Notes of roasted, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla. Pretty nice.
budedou (398) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - OCT 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and metal. Very fruity and slick palate. Aftertaste is coffee, sweet caramel, some noble hops and lingering sweet roasted malt finish. Overall: what a beer!!! Delicious!!!
Migmar (251) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, small foamy head. Roasted coffee, liquorice, smoke. Medium sweetness, aftertaste has some light bitterness with a sour tinge, too. Semi-full palate. Very pleasant, strong but balanced.
Ragnampiza (497) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle from Gradi Plato. Very dark brown, difficult to see through, with a nice, creamy and persistent light beige head. I was expecting a much more powerful nose. Still, solid roasted malts presence, definitely chocolate and vanilla, a hint of grain and green coffee beans. Much better in the mouth. Lovely creamy and velvety mouthfeel. So easily drinkable. Moderate but spot on bitterness, a hint of earthy and spicy hops presence. Clean and refined coffee and chocolate aftertaste. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Decent smell, great taste, good beer overall.
eduardovl (867) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle served in a snifter glass.
A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a medium bubbled tan head that disappear quickly leaving only few lacings in the glass
S: Strong notes of malts, roasted malts, chocolate malts. Very biscuity, with strong notes of roasted malts. Very bready: notes of Oreo and earthy yeasts
T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of roasted malts. Very bready! Very earthy yeasts
M: Medium creamy body. Medium carbonation. Bittersweet aftertaste
O: Great drinkabitity. Excellent quality. Masterpiece
[ BA Review @ 2/11/2014 ]
STJUDE (4) - ENGLAND - OCT 14, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Lovely smooth beer, leaves a nice choc coffee taste on the tongue,highly recommend.
mauritsio (448) - FINLAND - OCT 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Alko Lippulaiva. Black with xl Brown head. Roasted malty aroma. Lasting Bitterness.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
lladnar (2) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured an opaque black with a 2 finger head that didn’t stick around long. Aromas of chocolate, dough and roasted malt. Good carbonation you can feel on the tongue. Hints of chocolate, charcoal and bread. Fairly thick with a good mouth feel and a lingering aftertaste. Pretty good overall. Recommended.