chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, - SEP 25, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2006 Very dark red/black beer in the porter style. Authentically dry and definitely, as the brewery suggests, has caramel overtones. However, whilst this was a respectable effort - and anyone who has the balls to set up a micro in the previously real ale desert of the Outer Hebrides and manages to get it shipped to London deserves full marks for effort - I found this a little thin and with insufficient complexity to merit very high marks. Nonetheless, very pleasant and a style that is not too common these days, so deserves every encouragement. The Speaker, London SW1, September 2003.
gobstopper (2) - Dorset, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013 does not count
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
This is very very poor, tastes like cheap home brew with dye in it, as a native Stornowegian trying it in bottle the County Bar I am ashamed. May I suggest the misguided amateurs who concocted this travesty take a wee trip down to Thwaites (home of Thwaites Tavern Porter) and see how the professionals work.
Theydon_Bois (12918) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, from The Highland Bottle Shop, on the train from Inverness to Plockton 21/10/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin light tan swirl atop the surface.
Nose is dark fruits, bready malts, fruit cake, earthy.
Taste comprises cardboard, dark fruit tang, faint cocoa, light tarteness to the fruit.
Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, drying finish.
Sub par home brew-esque state of affairs!
Rob_D_UK (1272) - Surrey, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours black with a tanned head that quickly leaves. Smells of sour malt with a hint of coffee. Taste of sour malt with an aftertaste of sparkling spring water. Not really what I expected from a porter but refreshing.
DeanF (1891) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle from a restaurant in Stornoway. Has a strong bread and barley aroma, very little head and a black body. Flavour is a watery mess of nothing followed by a hint of malt; palate is all water. This was a big disappointment - I hope this bottle wasn’t skunked as I got it from a local eatery!
mr_h (3741) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 27, 2013
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
500ml bottle from Sainsbury’s, Prestwick - very dark brown with a slight haze, no head, liquorice aroma, sour, malty, spicy, sour bitter finish
rosenbergh (8690) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 21, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
500 ml bottle. Inverness, Scotland.
Dark reddish brown colour with small tan head.
Butter (quite rancid) and toasted malt in aroma.
Toasted malt and bitterish hops in flavour.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 7, 2012
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Looking forward to this at the Troon Beer Festival in September 2004 and was bitterly disappointed. Cask, handpump dispense. Ruby black in colour with a very poor open buff head. Strong sulphurous aroma with notes of rotting seweed on a summers day wafting through. Thin watery mouthfeel and poor to non existant lacing. Dark malt gives a very poor insipid weak base with a slight note of burnt toast and diluted ribena juice. Poor hop content in the weak aftertaste, can just about make out a dusty bitter note. Weak malty watery finish, one of the worst bodies I have come across, completely lacking in depth and complexity. An Old Ale in style but failing on all levels. One to avoid.
saxo (14997) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are light sour roast malt, caramel, licorice and hops.
HenrikSoegaard (11756) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Vintage. Courtesy Torben Mathews. Creamy lightbrown good mostly lasting head. Dark red amber colour. Moderate malty light hoppy aroma. Some roast and smoke. Light bitter strange flavor. Average finish. Watery palate.
Scopey (9384) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Sainsburys. It pours very dark ruby, with a quickly dissipating beige head. The nose is roasted malt, caramel, brown sugar, chocolate and sour tang. The taste is chocolate, roasted malt, cardboard, sour tang, burnt malt and liquorice, with a dry finish. It’s very thin and has low carbonation. Not great.