ClubGonzo (3985) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Pours a deep brown, cola-like, near-black body with a small off-white head. Nose is dark malts, caramel and hints of what can only be described as a mix of Norwegian "brunost" (brown cheese made from goat) and a sweet variant of sour socks. But in a good way. Jesus, did I just say that? Oh well, at least I’m trying to be truthful. :-P Taste is tar, licorice, dark malts, salty soy tones, hints of cough syrup and nuts. Complex and nice, and quite original. A bit underrated if you ask me.
Palme (3284) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 11, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.275l bottle vintage 2010 shared with The Great Tasting Crew. This is a clear dark brown porter with a small bubbly and sidesticking off-white head. Sweet on the aroma; some thin chocolate, some roasted malty tones, burned and barrel-aged-hints and some salty licorice touches. It has a soft carbonation level and a slick and oily mouthfeel. Lovely flavors; It’s salty and roasted, hints of tar and leather, chocolaty-goodness and IFA (a Norwegian salty licorice pastille). Scary light drinkable and really good! 30.12.2011
tombyars (1352) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JAN 11, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted this in the Three Judges, Glasgow in April 2009. Cask, handpump dispense. Mahogany black in colour with a thin off white head which vanished very very quickly. Fantastic, intense aroma of stone fruit, with black cherry and victoria plum to the fore. Thin but silky smooth milk like texture in the mouth which slipped down a treat. No lacing whatssoever but who cares! Dark malt complexes gives a strong robust roast malt element with peaty wood smoke and burnt toast. This fades to give a medlay of rich vinous fruit notes comprising black cherry, brambles, damsons and then a hint of macaroon bar! No hop presence in this at all but toasted coconut notes obvious. Finish is mellow, complex, seductive and throat warming with boozy alcoholic notes of port, along with dark chocolate mocha and treacle toffee. An absolute cracker of a Strong Porter and so, so easy to drink at 9% Seek this one out in cask - your in for a treat!
Jacob23_5 (128) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Cloisters. Lovely dark red-brown-black colour, very thin white head with little retention, some lacing. Creamy nose, almost clotted cream, with chocolate, raisin, plum and barley. The taste is a touch sharper, with more marmite, with hazelnut added to the omnipresent raisin, chocolate and barley. Quite fizzy but not unbalanced. Really lovely indeed.
markas101 (1834) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield. Deep ruby brown, thick tan head. Resin aroma, some green veg, alcohol and raisin. Creamy, balanced, with an alcohol undertone and more resin and sweet treacle on the finish.
Phatman (176) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From bottle, pours a deep Ruby red. Super treacley on the nose layered on top of a malty roast. Complex flavour but not overwhelming. Dark chocolate, Italian mocha espresso, winter fruits berries and plums. Smooth palate very suppable
TheCametron (1780) - CZECH REPUBLIC - NOV 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wee bottle. Pours black (brown tinge when held to the light) with a beige head. Nose is of burt demerara and candied winter fruit. Slight coffee bitternes on the tonhue. Raisiny sweetness and a wonderful foamy mouthfeel. A beer of some distinction.
Nightfall (1307) - Hamburg, GERMANY - NOV 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
RBESG 2009, Sheffield. Grrand Tasting @ The Harlequin.
Dark brown with a firm medium head.Roasted malty aroma, with lots of choc, oat and cereal.Roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Nothing amazing but pretty well crafted.
maeib (8640) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A near black coloured beer with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Boozy and sweet aroma with leather and tobacco. Comforting. Lovely in the mouth. Nice sweetness with molasses and soy. Good booze, very tasty. Not as much depth as expected but still nice for sure.
onkelgobber (150) - Edinburgh, - NOV 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Slight aroma, you’ll have to do a deep sniff to get some roasty, chocolate malt. Nice but could be stronger. A deep black that is hardly penetrated by light, but clear if you manage. Very little head (bottle) but nice small bubbles and a nice light brown colour of it. A nice sweetnees and maybe a bit of salt rounded of with some bitteness at the end. A full creamy body and low carbonation. At 9% you’d have to be careful as this one calls for another.