dctriman (57) - USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer, not great IMO. Reminds me of Southampton Imperial Russian Stout. Probably would smooth out some after a bit of age.
neepsntatties (1035) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle courtesy of Rick G. from Lardo. Colour...basically black, with a very thick, tan head. Nose...milk chocolate, macchiato, chocolate cream and a bit of booze. Palate...eminently creamy with gobs of chocolate ganache and fondant. There’s a velvety feel throughout the palate and plenty of milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate. The booze is present but melds exceedingly well. The finish is dryish but still sweet. A delightful treat and one of the best porters I’ve EVER had.
oh6gdx (19683) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled@PBF VIII. More or less black colour with a small brown head. Aroma is coffee, caramel, toffee and some slight earthy notes. Flavour is roasted, toffeeish, some ashes and mild earthy notes. Balanced, and though the cap did leak (due to tiong who brought it), this one was nicely balanced.
laiti (4559) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle @ PBF VIII. Thanks tiong!
Aroma has hay, some licorice, sweetish feeling with English hops and some cocoa. Flavour is slightly tart with licorice, smoky notes and some dark chocolate. Rather nice but I expected even more.
lusikka (5019) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a dark brown, almost black colour with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts, molasses, grass and dark chocolate. Flavour of roasted malts, spruce, wet earth, grass and some hay. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and a very dry mouthfeel. Finishes mouth-drying and dry with malts and grassy bitterness. Some oxidation is present, unfortunately, but still a good beer.
omhper (18372) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at PBF. Dark brown, small head. Earthy coffee aroma. Mid sweet with medium-full body and rounded mouthfeel. Tobacco and chocolate. Resiny bitterness that sets in early. Plenty of pleasant flavours deriving from roasty malt and hops, but somewhat lacking in the very heart. Nutty finish with severe bitterness. Good porter, but not top-50 fodder.
olio (4838) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours dark mahogany color with a small head. Aroma of ash, roasted malts and some cocoa. Flavor of cocoa, roasted malts, faint vanilla. Quite dry malty palate with a chocolaty finish.
tiong (2796) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle @ PBF 2013 from a trade with cp45. Thanks!
Pours pitch black with a smooth brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate and roasty malts, coffee, some dark ripe fruity notes and hops. Taste is sweetish, roasty and malty with notes of coffee, dark ripe fruits and hoppy notes. Smooth, slightly grainy and roasty finish with notes of coffee and chocolate. Quite well balanced and complex porter.
5000 (5655) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler:   Very black, large frothy dark beige head, nice lacing.   This is one dark Porter!   Had I not known, I would have said Stout.   Roasted malts, slight bakers chocolate and lactose like sweetness on the
nose.   Sweet roasty start, some lactose, some dark or bakers chocolate rounding out the backside.   Smooth, not a lot of bitterness, but what is there is balanced well with the sweetness.   Drinks really easy, well balanced,
with a solid body and mouthfeel.   Very clean, finishes with sweet dark chocolate and roasted malts.   Simple and well crafted.   Trying to decide if this is the best Porter I have ever had, and it may be!   Slightly ashy
on the finish.   I cannot believe how well balanced this is, so smooth and tasty!   So many Porters are overly hopped, too acrid, and just finish rough.   This is extremely smooth without being thick or too velvety.   I
almost want to say very minor dark pitted fruit as it warms up.   Lingering dark/bakers chocolate and roasted malts.   This one takes the cake for Porters.   Big thanks to chouffe for this one!
Homer321 (573) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In the late summer of this year, I lived in a house in a subdivision that looked across the swamp and the plain to the hills. I came across this beer that locals called Everett. A special man’s grandfather’s brother was Everett, much like this beer. I never had the chance of knowing the man, but his legacy and words will be carried, in a way, through a creation of love that bears his name. He was strong, with lots of siblings. The nose of this beer, like the man not known to you and me, has many layers. Like siblings oft-do, playing well with each-other, only to build off their strengths. It soon comes to pass, that many realize their force is greater combines than to work against each other. Some notes to be imagined, some to be grasped, like hands clenching the tools of the field. Strong hands, hard work. Strong chocolate and bitter. But not bitter in the way of wrath, but rather firm, like the hands of an old soul. This beer, like the man our minds have come to know, has a strong foundation. Sturdy feet, that have known the tasks and toils of yesteryear. A man of such traditions, must stand firm, but show the softer side for the ones that are loved. The coffee notes are reminiscent of the first cup before a long days work. The liquid libation that is needed when there is a long day ahead, and many more after that. The water in this bottle tastes not like that of any regions yonder, but of natural water, from the earth, that has seen many cycles and will continue to do so, in many forms. This beer will not be with us just today, but will continue the cycle once again, and once again. The sweetness of this beer is one that can be imagined like the man in our minds. Only after he warms up to you, does this soft, sweeter side come to shine. A side well guarded, and for good measure. For lest we know the effort that hast gone into creating such a crafted soul. As it is tasted, the senses of caramel, toffee, and the smaller joys of life come through. A beer of many layers and mystery. The German and English malts play upon each other’s strengths; it was not always the case throughout humanity, but save Everett, it has come to show us, the harmony of the ways. As the beer begins to fade into the hills and no longer with us, it leaves behind a drying finish. One that can only leave you to wish there was more time to be spent with it here. But the impression it leaves will be with you always. There will always be a bit of Everett once it has come into your life. And to know the best side is to know the only side of the beer created in a great man’s honor. After a while I went out and left the place and walked back to the hotel in the rain. When asked about this beer and the impression it leaves, I have only to say, “Yes, Isn’t it pretty to think so?”