MarkSachon (352) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz clear bottle from Giant Eagle in Pittsburgh. Very nice, loved every sip.
sm89walt (1599) - Norwich, Norfolk, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. A deep chestnut brown with a fading one finger light tan head. Aromas of molasses, brown sugar & toffee apple mid-fruits. Brown sugar to the fore, some roastiness, mid to dark(fish), dried fruits and an ashy, burnt sugar bitterness. Medium body, medium to full carbonation with a slightly hollow mid-palate attributed by the pasteurisation. Modest intensity and relatively lingering finish.
Holmen1 (1187) - NORWAY - MAY 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fra flaske på hytta, delt med Ovesen: fruktig aroma ispedd eik, vanlije og (sirup-)sødme, som gjør den mer interessant for meg en den versjonen som var lagret på romfat. Humlen er beskjedent til stede, så helhetsinntrykket er en søtlig nippeøl som passer til en god bok foran peisen. Ikke et øl for mai måned, selv i nordisk klima.
Osprey87 (585) - London via, WALES - MAY 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice packaging. Dark red / brown. Smells a bit like smokey whisky with coke, nail varnish. Taste is quite musty, more whisky and coke, buttery. Oak really comes through. Not much of a finish - a bit watery although overall there is plenty of flavour. A bit sickly, sharp.
pintbypint (2000) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml clear bottle. medium brown with a bit of red in it. Whitish cap that thins out quite a bit to leave only a ring in the glass. A few random streaks of lacing but nothing major. Nose has notes of chocolate, molasses, and a slight bit of dark fruitiness. Taste has some roasted notes, chocolate, light grains, mild sweet notes. Dryish end, traces of chocolate, crystal malt hang around, not a ton of oak character. Hides the 7.45 abv well. Body is medium, tight carbonation. Overall not bad, but pretty simplistic.
Sammy (7115) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
A fairly basic porter, courtesy of the LCBO. Pours slightly brown without a lasting head. Slight molasses smell. A tad light mouthfeel. Not very interesting or that drinkable.
HeistAlmighty (850) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 26, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle. Colour is more of a really dark amber or copper than the brown /black I’d expect for a porter. Aroma is fruit, vanilla, earthy hops, hint of chocolate. Earthy and fruity, some more vanilla in the taste. Pretty thin for a porter. Overall, strikes more more of a strong brown, but not so much a porter.
gramity (1090) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fruity and chocolaty notes and nice bitterness. Lacking the full body of a porter, but a nice flavor. Brownish red in color with a fading white head.
sulawang (418) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours dark cola brown with a small dissipating head, ringed retention, lots of active streams, some thin lacing. Sweet malts and a hint of cola on the nose.
Attack: aggressive 9/10-sweetness mixed with detectable alcohol
Mid-palate: malts, rum-like alcohol (from the molasses), cola, traces of nutmeg, light roast, mushroom earthiness
Finish: persistent alcohol detection, mildly hopped med-bitter finish.
I have to say the mid to finish flavour is quite flat. It’s not all that exciting and is best had with a meal.
keepersj12 (2275) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to disagree with my comrades on this one. I found it very well done. Pours a not so dark brown with a tan head. The aroma had some roast malt and wood, a hint of chocolate, and smoke. The flavor was very similar with a nice long lasting finish.