Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a deep ruby colour with a dense beige head. Aroma of molasses, dark malts and some tobacco. Smooth dark fruit sweetness, some prunes and dates mixed with light roasted bitterness. Finish faded out slightly, some residual black treacle sweetness mixed with light coffee bitterness.
Homer321 (1596) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Raisin aroma with some sugary notes. Minimal head. Brown color. Initial taste is a bit chewy but that seems to fade quicky and dry out moderately thin. Kind of plain. Solid for beer but just underwhelming when I think of English string ales.
DrewFace (702) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear dark brown pour. Faint aroma, some dark fruit and sweetness. Malty chewy dark fruit caramel and more chewy.
Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rom 606 Premier Inn Victoria, Manchester 24 Jan 13. Ultradyprød / svart. Lavt - litt farget skum. Søt plommearoma. Smaken er søt frukt & plommer. Blir raskt litt syrlig.
john44 (556) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Very Dark Brown (almost Black) in colour with a Reddish tinge. Very Malty; roasty malts, dark chocolate, caramel, coffee, nuts, hint of tobacco. Fruity; ripe fruits and berries, raisins, plums, hint of oranges. Hoppy; understated bitterness. Lightly spiced. Smooth. Alcohol well hidden. Sweetish roast malty fruity throughout with a dry finish. More like a Baltic porter in strength. Liked this a lot. Lovely Porter!
Lonick (781) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Both sweet and smoky. This is a bit of shock, some coffee and chocolate going on with this. Dates and prunes fruity and then you get this herbal/vegetable fennel kick. I was not expecting much from this but it was great. 2013.08.03
Philym (919) - St Neots, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Dark ruby/brown with 3 finger tan head.
Aroma: Bread, dried fruit, slightly vinous, chocolate, liquorice and grassy.
Taste: Medium sweet and bitterness, low sourness.
Palate: Thick smooth texture, light body, average carbonation, lingering, fairly dry bitter/sweet malty fruity finish which becomes more sour at the end.
Scrapersnbeer (1464) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma of a hot chocolate brownie, with almond, vanilla, and licorice. Very dark brown. Lots of dark sweet malt taste, chocolate aftertaste. Noticeably strong. Body is thinner than most porter, filling yet deceptively smooth. Tall dark and bloody English.
madmitch76 (14285) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
11th September 2013
Opaque dark brown beer with a good tan head. Smooth malt, a little cream. It’s run through with minerally carbonation. Whispers of marmite, toffee and a little spice. Finishes smooth. A superior malty beer.
peter48er (180) - Liverpool, Merseyside, ENGLAND - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Poured a deep black colour with a short lived head. Alcohol is very prominent as you might expect from a 7.3% beer. I got caramel with a hint of bubblegum and roast coffee in the mouth. A lovely warming swallow makes this beer one to drink on a dark, windy autumn evening. How much the taste owes to the 1884 recipe or the involvement of Garret Oliver is an interesting question.