Rune (10011) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shinning, pitch black body. Tiny brownish head. Elegant aroma of lightly roasted chocolate malts. Ditto taste profile with roasted bitterness to the end. Another well made brew from the brewery – very good, indeed. Gravity, good measured half pint at Steel City Beer Festival 30 Sep 10.
tommann (3113) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle. Pours near pitch black with a tiny head. Aroma is coffee chocolate, with some hints of wood and blackberries. Little bit of chocolate to start. Some coffee and chocolate on the finish. Quite thin.
espenra (958) - Kurland, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50cl bottle. Best before 2011-06-11. Pitch black colour. Small to no head. Almost no aroma. A bit dry and dusty. Flavour is bitter and dry. Notes of dark cocoa, roasted coffee, roasted malts and some hops. Medium long aftertaste.
larsga (6943) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 10, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small beige head. Barely translucent deep dark purplish red body. Chocolatey resiny coffee aroma, rather faint. Dry burnt chocolate and resin taste. Light, almost thin body. Mild, soft mouthfeel. Dry fruity resiny aftertaste with mealy notes. Nice, drinkable, not terribly remarkable. Fairly bitter. (0.5l bottle shared by Ole_R.)
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Utobeer, London. Deep mahogny brown body. Low bubbley tan head. Modest aroma of cocoa powder and lightly roasted dark malts. Taste is dry and roasty with a cocoa/choco flavor dominating. Distinct earthy bitterness. Tones of dark fruits and burnt coffee. Not very full. Softly carbonated, dry and chalky in the mouth. Roasty and bitter notes in a dry ending.
Kestral (506) - Årnes, NORWAY - OCT 8, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by OleR. Thanks! Pours a dark, reddish brown, almost like coca cola, topped off by a thin, quickly disappearing beige head. Aroma is dry, powdery chocolate and cocoa, a bit like flour, and some weak burnt notes. Just a quick stab of sweetness hits the tongue before a big, dry burntness and spicy finish ends it off. Some dark fruity notes as well. Fairly light bodied. Carbonation is sparse, but what’s there seems rather sharp in a way. I would have liked more sweetness and more body on this one.
dEnk (4200) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2012 Bottle, tfs Vaiz! Deep dark pour, medium head.
Aroma is english hops, roasted malt and some fruit. Chocolate?
Flavour is dry bitterness with strong chocolate, roasted malt and a light sweetness. Nice somewhat smoky roasty chocolate flavour.
Draft is waaaay more chocolate-ey.
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - OCT 6, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle at home: low hiss on opening. Black with chestnut edges. Very low large bubbled tan head. Nice aroma of cold brewed coffee with chocolate and a touch of ash. Slight herbal green behind the rest. Sturdy roast upon first sip, followed by a good amount of hop bite. Hop, coffee and some ash ride through the middle. Hop and roasted barley finish it out in the back of the mouth. Medium bodied, feels a bit thin on first sip but somehow "thickens up." I like this.
jercraigs (9154) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010-10-02. Very dark brown-black body with a huge foamy tan head and lace. Flavour is quite dry with bitter roast and cocoa highlights. Lingering bitter finish, dry earthy accents. Aroma is modest, dry dusty malt, modest cocoa. 6+ Average plus palate is well carbonated. 3+ Solid but the overall impression is a bit too dry for my tastes. Bottle from GBBF booth
Sammy (10337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for bringin Jeremy. Thickish dark chocolate coloured body, no head, chocolate aromas and taste. Nice porter and real English chocolate treat. Nicely drinkable.