crossovert (10675) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 500ml bottle. 2012. Nice dark brown pout with a creamy and foamy tan head. It recedes half way leaving some nice lacing. The smell is nice. Aromatic malts, cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee is also there with some spice. Really everything as advertised. The flavor is different. Some bitter astringency comes in, it becomes spicier. The vanilla is there but far less than in the aroma, it is just a subtle touch of smoothness that it lends to the beer. Teh cinammon is there and reminds me of a holiday spiced dish. Coffee, cinamon, malt, and cocoa dominate the flavor. After more drinks it feels like there are more spices in here but perhaps it is a certain blend of coffee that is aiding the cinamon. It is a pretty good one but not a favorite. Had a growler of this recently that was awful.
Mortlach (1775) - Rome, ITALY - APR 27, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle shared by luttonm @FrankenBierFest (Rome). Thank you Matt! Pours deep brown with a medium cappuccino head. Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, lots of vanilla. Flavour is rich and complex with a rounded body, medium sweet with a good bitter end. Medium to high body, medium to low carbonation. Great one!
ippopotamo36 (1256) - Rome, ITALY - APR 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by luttonm in Rome-Italy. Grazie. Pours black color, brownish head. Nose: grounded coffee, roasted, a bit smokey. Great. Mouth: cocoa, vanilla, clean finish.
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vtafro (5907) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - APR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark pour with light head. Roasted, chocolate, vanilla and dark aromas. Flavors are similar, roasted, vanilla, chocolate and sweet notes.
Alengrin (4076) - BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 Bottle traded for some Struise vintages in Ghent, cheers Xavier! Very curious about this, seen the fact that this brewery has been hyped by beer geeks to a very large extent in recent years, more so for its saisons and IPAs perhaps, but still... Thick, dense and moussy, yellowish beige, lightly lacing head over a blackish beer with hazy but translucent chestnut brown edges. Complex aroma: a lot of beef stock and bitter chocolate, some faint shoe polish-like solvents but actually fitting in well, old blanket, salmiak, dry earth, bayleaf, subtle and hardly noticeable vanilla touch, dried nettles, white pepper, elderberry, wet leather and, after warming up, a lovely, unexpected, sweet hint of red wine or even sherry. Very umami-like onset, stewed beef and even some dried porcini, low but effective sweetishness of dried fruits, rounded and slightly oily, creamy mouthfeel with velvety texture and soft carbo, some elderberry-like sourishness underlying; caramelly malts turning immediately nutty and eventually toasted, leading to a bitter chocolatey, lightly coffeeish roasted, mouth-filling bitterness; peppery and spicy hop bitterness adds dryness while a basic roasted barley sourishness lingers and retronasally, elegant and subtle hints of vanilla and red wine appear. Technically perfect, the vanilla aspect could have been a lot more pronounced in my opinion, but instead I got unexpected sherryish or red wine-like aromas which make this altogether different from most other porters. Subtle, delicate, completely satisfying example of the style, very glad I tasted this - now on the lookout for more beers from Shaun Hill.
ben4321 (5358) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Fools Gold for their Hill Farmstead event, 2/20/16.
Dark brown color. Lots of coffee and roast with a bit of spice. Vanilla sweetness balances it out a bit. Fairly rich overall, but with an easy drinkingness to it as well that just really works. Nice mix of flavors, really good feel. Just a very tasty and enjoyable beer.
BiiruBierBeer (908) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - FEB 20, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells like coffee grounds and a bit of marshmallow. Taste is super roasty coffee with a nice aftertaste of chocolate. Medium body, medium carbonation, and low foam.
Mr_Abner (306) - Michigan, USA - FEB 16, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with an ample, mocha head. Messy lacing coats the glass after a few sips, slowly receding head.becomes a soft ring around the glass. Aromas of cocoa, roasted malts, alcohol, scant vanilla. A medium bitterness that builds and lasts well into the finish, a light to light+ sweetness underneath. Mouthfeel is great. Medium bodied and creamy with soft carbonation. Some cinnamon spiciness creeps up in the finish, but it is subtle. Bitter finish.
drsordr (2060) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by alexsdad06 pour opaque dark brown with copper hue and large tan head. Nose milk chocolate, coco powder, light coffee. Taste starts with fleeting sweetness, then dark fruit, dark chocolate, and medium roast coffee. Light powder late palate. Nice mix of sweet and roast.
JaBier (6412) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by a friend. Pours black with a medium tan head. Nose consisting of malt, coffee, roast and vanilla. Malty flavor giving way to creamy vanilla and dark fruit before a roasted malt finish.
bursprak (1913) - Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Mikkeller bar, Aarhus. Black pour with a frothy light tan head. Notes of caramel, light roast, light bitter coffee, some vanilla and light spice. A bit dull.