BeerandBlues2 (8456) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUN 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a large, frothy, tan head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, molasses, roasted grain), average hops (herbs), average yeast (earth) with notes of smoke and peat. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation. Long duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Right after pouring this beer in my office and heading downstairs to watch the tip-off of the WVU vs Louisville game in the NCAA 2005 Elite Eight, I slipped on the top step of the landing and my butt pounded all twelve steps on the way down to the foyer. Lucky to be alive, but 3/4 of this porter ended up on the stairwell and wall. Biggest mess I have ever seen. Wish it had been water or a Coors light as cleanup will last for hours. My butt will be bruised for weeks. Ended up with glass in hand and held totally upright... thank God! Watching the beer drip down the wall, I can tell that this is an extemely dark porter. Whatís left in my glass has a mid-sized, frothy, beige head. Good retention. The nose is of dark chocolate, cola, vanilla and light licorice. Big, malty, chocolatey flavor with a lesser note of molasses. Full-bodied and oily with pillow-soft carbonation. Malty, roasty finish, but remarkably dry at the wee end. Great stuff. I wish I could have enjoyed the entire bottle!
FatPhil (8107) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - DEC 15, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle - - Pikkulintu, Helsinki.
Bottle 1, end of bottle, warm and flat - Huge sweet raisiny and slightly marmitey aroma. Very full and complex palate. Massive oaky wood component, but moist tobacco and some flowery hops are subtly in there too. Very rich and woody. Stunning english porter.
Bottle 2, same night - Malt loaf in aroma, way woodier taste, some butter too. Softer but thinner palate.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500 ml bottle. Very dark brown beer with a thin off-white head. Aroma of heavily toasted malt, dark chocolate, and molasses. Great dark malt complexity. Brown sugar along with a hint of lactic tartness. Flavour also shows heavy toast, dark malt, caramel, chocolate and a heavy earthiness throughout. Warming also brings up a subtle smokiness that Iím really digging. Slightly leathery and tobaccoish as well. Beautiful brew with all the dark malts, dark fruit, dark smoke, and just a touch of tartness to balance it all.
maeib (8051) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Bottled 24/12/12. A black beer with an off-white head. A chocolately light roast aroma. Slick and smooth chocolatey flavours. A bit of boozy. Clean and tasty and very drinkable. Score 3.7
Subsequent ratings scored 3.5 and 3.6. Average becomes 3.6
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mmm mmm good! bottle from Knightly Spirits in Orlando. Pours a very dark brown with a big beige head. chocolate, roast, prunes, molasses and maybe a touch of smoke. Flavor folows suit with a great mouthfeel and loads of toffee, malt, light chocolate, and some molasses. Quality beer. Very nice. Borat likes.
Sammy (7716) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with off-whit generous head. Licorice and malty aroma. Above average mouthfeel. Good representation of English porter, most drinkable black licorice mostly, some chocolate malts. Not very sweet.
3fourths (7525) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. mostly clear cola colored body with a short tan head. the roast provides a powdery chocolate aroma with only a slight roasted-husk resemblance. lightly dusty / earthy and mossy English ale yeast. plum esters and nutty and toasty pale malt. sweet, toasty, a tad chalky / husky, medium-low bitterness, moderate acidity. early on itís a bit watery and fizzy for itís size, but as it warms it really starts to come together - rich cookie crumb toasty malt with a quietly lush and full malt mouthfeel.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are earthy coffee with dark berries and chocolate. Liquorice and marzipan with floral notes and a good deal of woody and nutty notes Xmas pudding with some smokiness. Flavours are sweet raisins and cola with roast coffee and spices. Plummy and peppery with dark chocolate bitterness. Earthy and dry on the finish with herbal aspects. Very good.
MartinT (7307) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nutty roastiness and sweet raspberries adorn the milk-chocolate-covered blueberry pie. Roasting chestnuts send messages to the saliva-producing glands.
Roasty bitterness is subdued, as is the oncoming dryness. A slick mouthfeel proliferates the sweet fruitiness within, as dates and chestnuts spread their goodness on the medium-full body.
Not the shiniest star, but nice to observe nonetheless.