Finn (4263) - 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 (1004) - 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 (1490) - 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 (15309) - , 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.
MalcolmTucker (748) - SCOTLAND - OCT 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Looks good. Lots of malty goodness - chocolate, liquorice, coffee, dark fruits, nuts. Warming alcohol on the finish.
crazyvin (1963) - New York, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice medium brown body, slightly opaque with an off white head. Aroma was a mix of chocolate malts and some roasted malts. Mild hop presence. Initial flavor had a nice sweet flavor, which gave way to a nice and bitter flavor which came from the malts and a nice roasted flavor. It was clearly different from a stout, but it did have some familiar characteristics. Finish was slightly dry, but mostly smooth. Easy to drink.
minutemat (1761) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle drunk on the train gazing out at sheep, and a few cows. Some horses too I think. But mostly sheep. For some reason I always thought beer in 1884 tasted like bitter mud. If this is anything to go by I’ve been a bit mislead. No wonder they drank so much of the stuff back then. Dark fruits, mild bitterness and a fruitness that bubbles to the front while chocolate malt embers burn quietly at the back. Quite an alcohol kick as well at 7.3%. Very nice beer.