Alengrin (4163) - BELGIUM - MAY 22, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared by Jan, cheers! Creamy, pale yellowish beige, lacing head over a very dark burgundy hued beer, near blackish in appearance. Aroma of espresso, cocoa, subtle milk chocolate, cappuccino, melting butter, toffee, dried banana, fig, date and some ’haemoglobin’ iron. Dried fruit sweetishness in the mouth, well rounded and pleasant with hints of raisin and fig surrounded by basic sourishness, medium carbo, agreeably ’granular’ and powdery mouthfeel, lightly oily caramelly and chocolatey malt body with toasted bitterishness but only softly so, lightly spicy hops in the end, drying but the bittersweet chocolatey malts get the last word. Classic but very nice example of American porter, not too far removed from e.g. Sierra Nevada’s or Anchor’s interpretations of the style and in that sense perhaps looking backwards, but there is nothing wrong with that, of course.
Vaiz (4182) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 10, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Dark brown to black pour, no head. Aroma of roasted malts, some smoked malts, slighty spicy, licorice, bready yeast and some caramel. Flavor is quite bitter, sweet sugary malts and slightly spicy. Decent, but not very outspoken.
Beerhunter111 (14784) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 fl. oz bottle. Pours dark reddish brown colour with a mid-sized good lasting tan head. Aroma of dark roasted malt, sweet chocolate, some bourbon, spruce. Taste of sweet roasted dark malt, chocolate, some smoke, vanilla, milk.
olio (8807) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355 ml bottle.
Pours black color with a large beige head. Roasty malts and caramel on the nose, cocoa, faint smoke and nutty notes. Flavor is chocolaty and malty, slightly ashy, caramel sweetness at the end. Very easy to drink, medium to strong carbonation. Tasty.
kajser27 (1125) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAR 20, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colored, small tan creamy head, not very lasting. Aroma is of chocolate, roasted malt, bit coffee, light smoke. Taste is medium sweet chocolate, roasted malt, bit coffee, some licorice, light smoke, some burnt notes, dry finish, medium- roasty bitterness. Medium bodied, soft carbonation.
(bottle, Bierhalle Deconinck, Vichte)
retinadoc (209) - - MAR 14, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very well-finished, sweet porter. Rich, tasty, with no off-flavors. Lingering sweet finish. I definitely prefer the robust flavor of this porter, which is plenty potent, without the boozy high-ABV’s typical of imperial stouts.
tderoeck (7668) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
29/II/16 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle as "Mad River Steelhead Porter" (no Scotch?) from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ home - BB: n/a (2016-247) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!
Clear dark brown beer, small creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. aroma: pretty roasted, malty, grains, bit dusty, some chocolate, mocha. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: bit sourish start, roasted, mocha, some chocolate, bitter hops. Aftertaste: bitter, very roasted, hoppy, little sour, malty, grains, some chocolate.
ttutony (825) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with thin tan head. Roasted malt flavor with a slight sweetness. I don’t get a lot of smoke.
petewhitley (491) - Nagoya, JAPAN - JAN 24, 2016
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
chocolate, caramel, smoke, brown, light sweetness, lightly bitter, medium body, thick feel. Dark brown, unappealing sediment visible. Dark chocolate and smokehouse aromas. Thick in the mouth. Bitter chocolate taste, with heavy artificial smoke notes. Reminds me of high-school bonfires, slightly flat and though cool, tastes warm. Not bad per se, but honestly the smoke is overpowering.
crossovert (10770) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
355ml bottle. From an increasingly suspect liquor store. This one is oxidized fully, and it ruins it.