MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sim rate (cask at Planet Thanet): Sweet, plum, chocolate and coffee aroma. Really nice. Dark, almost opaque appearance with a red tinge. The flavour would be great if it mirrored the aroma, but it’s a bit too bitter and not in a nice dark chocolate sort of way. Nice beer, but I just wish the flavour was as good as the aroma!
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
first at margate with a head, medium bubbles . This looks promising. Nose of vin and dark rose malt, slightly burnt. A bit rough but wonderfull. The taste is a bitter departure from the aroma, akin to brussle sprouts or other bitter veggies. Again wonderfull
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - FEB 8, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Gravity, Dover BF. Deep brown with a small layer of fast settling light tan. Deep caramel aroma with just a touch of coffee and butter. Caramel and coffee flavors, but very little roast. Some smoke in the finish. Smokey character and astringency grows as the glass progresses and become a little off-putting. Palate is a touch thin. Starts fairly strong, kind of falls off.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 14, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ 13th White Cliffs BF, Dover. 3 February, 2006
Burned, but a good balance. Dark hard toffee. Hint of weak coffee. Semi sweet. Dry aftertaste.
harrisoni (14996) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 2, 2005
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask gravity dispense from Canterbury Beer Shop. One of my favourite porters. Lots of different flvours frm the malt, coffee and chocolate amongst them. A stunning mouthful
AleArfur (3) - Canterbury, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2005 does not count
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like the new Pixies record, bamp thwock. Huge, yes huge, coffee-caramel-roasty flavour that hits you like your first love, but - crucially - stays with you forever.
chriso (7482) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep ruby red colour. Attractive roast malt and coffee aroma. Also molasses and treacle in the flavour. Smooth, supple mouthfeel. A good porter. Cask (gravity dispense), White Cliffs Beer Festival, February 2005.
Hbie (133) - Essex, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cask at Rochford Beer Festival. Black with beige head. Great aroma coffee, fruit and alcohol. Rich heavy coffee, chocolate and raisons, complex. Slight cloying finish lets it down but still an great porter.
SilkTork (5398) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2004
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2005 Feb, 2004. White Cliffs Winter Ales Fest. Gravity. Muddy appearance but a beautiful porter. Coffee and chocolate. Long, lazy flavour exploding in slow motion, getting softer and creamier from the initial burnt flavour. A good ’un. [3.6]
Nov, 2005. Good Intent, Rochester. Fresh, fruity, creamy, packed with coffee and chocolate flavours and very soft and very drinkable. Touches of bitter hops, but no dry burnt notes or roast barley. A rare and beautiful pleasure. [4.3]