Maris (969) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 650ml bottle on 15/7/2012 (shared with Butz - thanks). Pours close to black with a smallish head. Has a strong aroma of chico baby and milk chocolate. The flavour is very sweet with lots more milk chocolate, some roasty malt, and a touch of caramel. Has a slightly thin texture. Nicely balanced, with just a enough bitterness to keep the sweetness in check. A very solid porter.
elihapa (1525) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
6/25/12 notes: bomber, $5.99. Aroma very bready, malty, toasted oats; broad. Flavor has nice balance of dark chocolate, breadiness, mild essence of plum. All very well integrated, finishes dry but with subtly chocolate malt, honey sweetness. Very well crafted and delicious.
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has some really nice roast notes with woody character scents. Taste is some really nice oak/wood flavors with some nice blending smokey characters.
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ComradeK (992) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - JUL 5, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate tan head which fades fairly quickly and does not leave much lacing. Dark chocolate and hazelnut notes combined with a lighter, slightly fruity sweetness make up the nose. The hops are quite strong for a porter, with mild citrus and spice notes up front. These give way to a rich, smooth blend of dark chocolate, slightly bitter cocoa and hazelnut. There is a slightly lighter note of caramel towards the end and a smooth milk chocolate finish. This is a nice porter, and great on a freezing winter night.
douglas88 (5841) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a almost pure black color with a small off-white head after a bit. The aroma is light chocolate and roast notes. The flavor is nice: vanilla and coffee beans, lighter milk, roast, metallic hops, very smooth. A nice brew, spot on for the style. A bit earthy for sure. This would be amazing on cask.
billshmeinke (13) - USA - JUN 26, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured into a Nonic.
Smells of chocolate, rich and sweet cocoa, perhaps a hint of vanilla extract, and just the slightest touch of raisin. Splash of char/coffee. Malt and yeast are more or less neutral.
Nearly pitch black with some ruby highlights in the light. Off white head that dies down to a layer of foam on top. Head isn’t impressive at first, but the retention is quite good. No lacing though.
A bit dryer than the nose would suggest, and definitely more roasty. Baker’s cocoa, chewy dark malts with a lightly coffee like roasted malt character, then a touch of indistinct dark fruits.
Dry, smooth carbonation, medium bodied. Spot on.
Definitely gonna get this again. Wish I could try it on cask. I wouldn’t go too far out of my way to try it, but if you like porters, it’s a good one.
mrmartin (655) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black ppour with creamy quickly disappearing head. Nose is feint notes of chocolate. Watery body,Smooth. Chocolate and nutty. quick finish. very drinkable porter.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, almost completely black, with a lasting creamy tan head. Aroma is very roasty and fairly hoppy as well with notes of coffee, smoke, liquorice, dark chocolate and pine. Flavour is still pretty roasty but less hoppy with some extra malty sweetness that comes through nicely in the chocolate, caramel and liquorice notes. Light, slightly oily mouthfeel with prickly carbonation and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. Light and tangy, this is certainly a little bit different but really rather good overall.
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUN 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours nearly black with a nice tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is an intense milk chocolate and dark molasses flavor with a dry finish. Very tasty.
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown body with short lasting tan head. Chocolate, coffee and a little bit of vanilla in the aroma, smooth taste, coffee comes through a little more, some pencil shavings, warming alcohol towards the end of the bottle.