Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On cask at the brewpub. As expected, this is a dark black beer, but there’s barely a head, even on cask. Coffee reigns here, with a bitter finish. Thinner than I’d expect from a cask porter, but the flavor saves the day. (#3406, 4/11/2008)
omhper (23428) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the brewpub. Black, near no head. Tarry licorice aroma. Aggresive resiny hops makes up most of the flavour. Dryish, yet syrupy. Tarry roasty finish. Some interesting flavours, but feels quite rough.
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Magnolia, June 2007. Dark brown with a thick light brown head (ruby edges). Roasty, caramel nose. Flavorful. Plenty of mocha, chocolate, caramel and coffee. Bitterness from some of the roasted malt. Medium bodied, too fizzy/overcarbonated for a porter - it put a bit of a damper on an otherwise fine beer. Tune this thing down a bit and we got a winner.
DYCSoccer17 (3629) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Half pint. Relatively faint, lightly roasted aroma with some sweet choco malts. Perhaps a bit of anise present, too. Virtually opaque black-ish body with a moderate light brown head. Roasty, chocolate-like maltiness. A few tannins present, but still is smooth and creamy. A little overcarbonated. Pretty good stuff.
DuffMan (9540) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 25, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hand-pulled cask at the brewpub in San Francisco. Deepest chestnut, almost black, with a thin tan coloured ring of a head. Smokey chocolate aroma, mouthwatering! Soft medium mouthfeel, faint woodsmokiness, chocolate, nuts, and a mildly bitter finish. Delicious!
Nuffield (4065) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Extremely dark. Vanilla roast nose. Smooth--but I had the cask version, offered side-by-side with the regular. Smoke driven in flavor, very much like a BBQ grill, some tobacco, chocolate. Interesting, but, dare I say it, too overpowering in some flavors? (on cask at brewpub)
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(06.21.07) On tap at Magnolia Pub and Brewery. 4.95% ABV. Black opaque with medium tan head. No discernable carbonation. Roasted burnt wood aroma. Starts dry with light roasted malt flavor with noticable burnt wood flavor. Medium length finish with some lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied. The flavor significantly improves as the beer warms up. Good easy drinking porter but on the thin watery side.
pivo (2665) - GERMANY - MAY 28, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Fresh dark cocoa hint in the aroma, black color, low tan head. Extremely roasted malt, espresso bitter end, some charcoal-like notes too. Thin body, not balanced. Could use more body and more hops, even for a porter.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(On tap) 4.3% ABV in my version. A black and opaque beer with the most beautiful and delicate, creamy, beige head leaving a broad curtain of laces. Aroma of lightly burned malts. Fairly light-bodied with accents of hard roasted malts - and then nothing much more. The bitterness is light and short. A light and very elegant British style session Porter. 210307
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask: Pour is dark black with ruby brown hints at the bottom of the glass...thin off white head...smell is lightly roasty with hints of cocoa...this cask is old...sour roasty flavor...
regular draft: taste is nice and roasty...lots of cocoa, and some bitter coffee notes...