bigben873 (153) - Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet malt aroma, slightly cloudy, dark amber color; I can taste the port, but not convinced that is a good thing - March Madness 2014
UDBeernut (1979) - Between JAX and SGJ, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2007 bottle, I’ve been saving for some time. pours gold, quick flash of a thin white head, some floaties. nose of port, booze. taste is more malt based, slight plum, cherry. port lingers in the background. body is full, creamy.
Danev76 (506) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Odd scotch like aroma. Cloudy golden colour with excellent head. Nice port like smooth flavour and very nice finish. Med body and carbonation
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BMMillsy (1654) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle from my visit to Jersey. Poured to a generic tulip glass. Pour is murky amber orange colored with a small ring of yellowish khaki head. Sweet caramel brown sugar, oak, vanilla, toffee, brandy, nuts, but of a vinous note but more of the brandy fortification here. Flavor follows with a malty caramel vanilla port wine, a bit of marshmallow, brandy, some pecans. Sone alcohol heat with a nutty vanilla finish. Yum. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation.
Rando7 (766) - Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours murky medium brown with thin white head that rapidly recedes to a ring. Very pleasant aroma of malts and port. Taste brown sugar, very sweet and malty with port/vinous flavor. I didn’t get much of the wood taste at all. Thick full near-syrupy palate. Sweet finish. Very very sweet beer which I enjoyed but it won’t be for everyone.
AdamJackson (3309) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Gorgeous deep orange, small head. The nose is great. smells like maple syrup, earthy fruits, oak. Wow on the taste, Very sweet, no bitterness but it leaves this walnut astringent burnt taste at the finish. up front it was awesome but leaves a lot to be desired at the end.
M82 (362) - Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A vibrant mahogany body offers deep amber and fiery vermillion highlights
A seductive vinous character saturates marshmallow, fig, maple syrup, nutty caramel, apple, and pear, the palate rendered less viscous than that of the base, yet retaining it’s exceptionally silky nature finishing with a wonderfully juicy dark wine note, transitioning to a barrel and grape skin dryness followed abruptly by an echo of roasted marshmallow which flows through the residual revealing a bit of coffee and cream, an enjoyable variation on the classic sacrificing lighter nuance in favor of a deeper, more sensuous experience
275ml capped bottle vintage 2006 consumed January 18, 2014 served at 65º into Orrefors Difference Porter snifter
harrymel (1538) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a near still appearing copper ale with some floaties that I saw come out of the bottle. I can smell the port from two feet away, really pleasant nose with figs, caramels, rich warm malts and the smell of something aged on lees with just an accent of alcohol. One of the better noses I’ve smelled. Only opens and gets better with temp. Flavor is a bit smoky with a little vegetal tone and some of the classic JW maltiness. The cask really didn’t do the beer too much benefit flavor wise, there is a cheap, ruby porto quality to the finish. The body is syrupy with low carb and a long finish - spot on for the beer with just slightly too much viscosity.
Really a pleasant beer, but the flavor is not up to par with what I expect from this brewery.
Serving type: bottle
olr1984 (1223) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 12oz bottle pours a dark brown with zero head. Sweet malt and dark fruit taste with bit of oak finish.
Nuffield (3747) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours nut brown and not all that syrupy in appearance, though I did get a decent amount of sludge at the bottom. The nose and flavor are both spectacular, with plenty of port, raisin, nuts, dark fruit, and pleasantly woody/oxidized notes. Not a super rich palate, but well enough. I had this when my boy had planned a special tea party of sorts with china dishes he had bought at a church sale. It paired really very well with all sorts of food, including nachos with homemade guacamole and homemade molasses cookies. The alcohol level in this didn’t detract in any way from the flavor here. Tremendous beer--and I’m sorry that many raters haven’t enjoyed this as much as I would assume that everyone would. Bottle, 2008 vintage.