tombyars (1305) - Saltcoats, - JAN 8, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle poured into chalice glass on Christmas day 2012. Mahogany black in colour with dark ruby highlights and a thick creamy tan head. Strong aroma of black treacle and warm yeasty dough lingers on the nose. Superb creamy mouthfeel and good lacing throughout. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with strong sweet notes of old fashioned treacle toffee, bournville chocolate, black coffee and syrupy dates. There is a faint hop prickle which gives a dry earthy note mixed with tobacco smoke. Finish is so so smooth, malty with black molasses and pontefract cake very much in evidence. This is a cracking new! porter and thank you J.W. Lees for keeping the gravity high - bucking the current trend there. If you like your ales strong, dark and malty and you like what you read on the label, then your in for a treat - I can understand the high ratings.
DanielBrown (3601) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bought cheap from Sainsburys. Didn’t expect much of this, but it’s really good. Super smooth and packed with flavour: leather, ashtray, mulled fruit, malty dark choc. Excellent.
Beese (941) - 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 (900) - 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 (425) - Rockledge, 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 (3759) - 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 (330) - 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 (683) - 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 (604) - 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 (1395) - 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 (13081) - , 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.