Verecund (82) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Opened on May 4, 2011. I have previously had the barrel-aged version, which was really nice, so I was looking forward to this. Thanks to RSchaeffer for the extra!
Pours black with two full fingers of thick tan head. Shaun knows his aesthetics. Ridiculous lacing. The only complaint is that the second pour yields almost too much head (four full fingers).
Smoky roast coffee, tons of milk chocolate, dark fruit and a nice milky creaminess. Toffee sweetness alongside a really pleasant spiciness. The sweeter and milky parts remind me of Velvet Merkin, but this features much more spicy balancing complexity and "robust," smoky elements.
Both milk and [xx%] cocoa dark chocolate, espresso roast coffee beans, peppercorn, and an ashy smokiness. The spicy oak found in the -bal version is here too. How? - I have no idea. More or less maps onto the nose.
At first, this has too much carbonation - medium-bodied, with full, expanding-in-the-mouth carbonation. Thirty minutes later, the creaminess characteristic of HFS comes through, and the body feels appropriately fuller.
Different, but pleasantly so. It’s almost exactly what I expected - spicy, somewhat smoky, rich, quietly oaky, with coffee and chocolate. A winner.
ippopotamo36 (1250) - Rome, ITALY - APR 29, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle courtesy of luttonm, shared in Rome-Italy. Thank you. Dark brown almost black pour, medium foamy head. Nose: the most balanced coffee/chocolate aroma ever, some roasted. Mouth: clean Porter, none of the notes among coffee and chocolate dominate but all are there in armory. Just elegant!
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Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - APR 27, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle shared by luttonm @Johnny’s Off License. Thank you Matt! Pours deep brown/black with a medium and persistent cappuccino head. Aroma is rich and powerful, dark chocolate, gianduja, coffee, licorice... awesome! Flavour is perfectly balanced, medium sweet with a good bitter chocolate end. Medium to full body. Amazing! This beer is a real masterpiece!
beechner224 (993) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle to glass. Pours black with tan head. Aroma is bitter chocolate, malt. Taste is bitter, a bit tinny, get dark cocolate after a few sips. Aftertaste lingers bit - bitter chocolate. This is not my personally favorite porter, but its a good beer.
emartell (327) - Zapopan, Jalisco, MEXICO - APR 8, 2016
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma complejo, notas a chocolate, café, maltas tostadas y algo licorosa.
De color negro con ligeros destellos granates, corona abundante de espuma de excelente retención.
Al paladar es exquisita, equilibrio perfecto, cuerpi ligero, sabor intenso y fácil de tomar.
Al paladar al igual que en aroma una cerveza compleja. Notas a chocolate, café, maltas tostadas, sabor torrefacto y ligeramente ahumado, combinado de forma magistral, dando un equilibrio perfecto.
En pocas palabras la mejor representante del estilo.
MichaelAwesome (6288) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Schon ein ordentlicher Hammer an dicker Flüssigkeit und recht bodenständigen Aromen mit einem angenehmen Hintergrund an Kaffee, Getreiden, Malz und Beeren. Schwer und süffig, dabei erwärmend und befriedigend. Top.
McTapps (6324) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - MAR 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from trade with HenrikO - many thanks! The beer has got a deep black colour with a smooth head and smooth body. Aroma of woods and malt. Taste of intense malt, woods, pine, chocolate, roast and coffee. Dry-roasty and intense finish. Delicious.
Cybercat (4635) - Georgia, USA - MAR 19, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee brown with a th but serviceable tan head. Aroma presents tempting coffee, roast malt and subtle chocolate tones. Flavor delivers chocolate, molasses, roast malt, toffee and subtle licorice notes. Mouthfeel features firm and smooth yet fizzy body. Enjoy!
BroadestTom (341) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma caramel, chocolate, coffee, roasty,
Appearance black, tan foam, brown foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body, full body,
Overall wow I just happened to be at the right place at the right time and this came onto the draft list. This is the best porter I have had to date. So well balanced. Without a doubt I would suggest this beer to a friend.
Prufrockstar (1775) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 10, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to Reynolds314. Sampled as part of a porter blind tasting (sample 3 of 6). Creamy head; real sexy, best looker of the group by far. Good lacing and retention. Aroma: dough; roast; caramel; urinal cake. Taste: Very roasty. Also comes with some bandaid/adhesive and lightly metallic overtones. Bummer. Lots of roast and chocolate though -- flavor is robust to say the least; maybe a little too robust. Medium body, not chalky. Thick, makes me think of the latter half of a french press coffee. Overall: I love the appearance and palate. I dislike the taste and aroma. Still most interesting of the night so far.
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - MAR 6, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle shared with friends at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki, from trade with Frank. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Oily to full silky body with soft carbonation.