zacgillbanks (4156) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAR 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
660ml 5.7% ABV bottle from Coppers, Newcastle. 660ml bottle. This is a very dark brown, hazy beer with a massive head of rocky tan foam. It has a roasted malt and chocolate flavour with coffee and nutty notes on the smooth finish. Pretty good.
Alengrin (4262) - BELGIUM - FEB 19, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My first Lucky Labrador beer, gaining my sympathy for the label alone since I love both animals and porters, but what a disappointment when I opened the bomber: beer spouted out of the bottle neck, so I quickly had to grab my tasting glass in order to catch as much of it as possible - and frankly, it is the first time I experience violent gushing from an American porter... Needless to say, the head was towering high, coarse and very irregularly shaped, inflating in a few minutes to a frothy, rocky, light beige layer of foam, leaving thick patches of lacing. The beer itself had a very dark but translucent burgundy colour with ruby hue, lightly hazy in appearance - and while I was observing this, a ’tube’ of foam of a few inches long was still creeping out of the bottle and every time I tried to pour more beer into my glass, I had to cope with an enormous amount of head formation. Aroma of overripe figs, unsugared apple sauce, blackberries, quite a lot of ’haemoglobin’ iron, caramel, FFF (freshly fermented farmland), coffee grounds, soggy or even somewhat mouldy brown bread, old dusty milk chocolate bars, dried nettles, fermenting grass, liquorish, brown sugar, green banana, autumn leaves, cappuccino mix, ginger powder, clove-like phenols. Deep but unmistakable sourishness of blackberries or fermenting fruit mingled with fig and pear sweetness opens the palate, with a softish to medium carbonation, minerals here and there; supple, caramelly and very nutty malt bittersweetness (more bitter than sweet) ensues, rather light, thinnish and dryish with a metallic ’zing’ to it and with the fruity esters and some phenols on top; a tad of coffee grounds-like roasted bitterness appears in the end, aided by a dash of herbal, earthy hops providing a more ’vivid’, spicy bitterness, interfering too much with the malts. Ends dry, toasted and nutty with the herbal, rather dull but bittering hops continuing, juicy, but as expected, off-balance and with misplaced spicy phenols retronasally; the finishing drought is reinforced by the sourish undertone accompanying the palate from beginning to end, and clearly resulting from onsetting infection, which I also hold responsible for the extreme gushing. I was expecting a much cleaner beer considering its ’geozythological’ background, but what I got, was something much more reminiscent of a well-intended but technically flawed ’new Belgian micro brewery’ attempt at porter or even Belgian dubbel, too estery, but most of all, clearly infected. Though the basic flavour profile is acceptable for the style it pretends to be (plain brown porter), the infection clearly decreased the quality enormously - with points off for the unexpected strong gushing as a result. This does not motivate me to purchase more from this brewery, I’m afraid.
BVery (9298) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at the brewpub. Reddish brown pour. Caramel sweetness and nut on the nose. Slightly sweet on taste, mineral finish.
Bambam57 (9) - FRANCE - OCT 24, 2015 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 Beaucoup de mousse, des notes de noisette, chocolaté mais légèrement, un peu trop de carbone a mon gout, style american porter. Satisfait (bottle 650mL)
RW80 (1860) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 fl oz bottle.
Appearance: Dark brown colour on the body, a bit cloudy, on top of it sits a a huge beige head. Head has a good retention. Aroma: nuts, grains, with some caramel, spices.
Taste: Quite nutty for a porter, some chocolate ]and toasted malts.
A (bit too )Thin body, average carbonation.
rosenbergh (9922) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the Lucky Labrador Beer Hall, Portland, OR.
Dark reddish brown colour with a small light tan head.
Chocolate, maltiness and grainy dryness in the aroma.
Mild dry hops, chocolate and sweet maltiness in the flavour. Dry.
Douberd (4536) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Lucky Labrador Stumptown Porter) Bottle 650 ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 5.7%
Dark brown colour on the body, a bit cloudy, with a huge beige head on top, with good density and retention, helped also by its size.
Aroma is nutty, grainy, with some caramel, spices.
Better on the taste, again nuts but less now, little bit of caramel, spicey yeast, nice notes of chocolate, toasted malts.
Medium thin body, average carbonation.
Sarlacc83 (1786) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at brewery.
A: Mahogany color with red highlights and a creme color head.
N: Coffee, cocoa, biscuit, char and dark malt, leather.
T: Bittersweet and smokey.
M: Medium - light body with a fizzy carbonation. No alcohol.
O: Decent porter. Not the most complex, but tasty.
Idiosynkrasie (6070) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 16, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
650ml bottle. Clear, dark chestnut colour with huge, firm, frothy, long lasting, well lacing, off-white head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, hints of burnt coffee, burnt nuts, a dusty touch, some morel. Taste is roasty dark malty, a nuttily touch, burnt nuts, dark bread, morel, slightly soapy and metallic overtones.
tricksta_p (3155) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hint of chocolate. Flavour is moderate sweet with a nice roasty bitter finish. A bit on the thin side, but tasty and easily drinkable.