Gurthnar (5003) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 28, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from local MaS. Rich aroma with lots of dried fruits and a hint of roast. Clear dark brown colour, small head that disappears rather quickly. The taste reveals a beer full of goodness. Aaah I hope this stays the same even after the SAB Miller acquisition of Meantime. Classic representation of style, dried fruits combine harmonically with subtle roasty chocolate notes. Very easy drinking. Very good.
olliejobbins (1578) - Dorking, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle, drank straight from the bottles so canít comment in appearance. Aroma is caramel, Malta and burnt toast. Quite heavily carbonated. Apart from sweet caramel, not much in the taste with a stale finish.
dchad56 (358) - - NOV 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle - dark reddy brown with decent frothy tan head. Chocolate, coffee and slight vanilla aroma. Initial ting on tongue, but goes down well. Chocolate and roasted coffee tasting with dry finish - easily drinkable - enjoyed.
Swaroga (2106) - Gdańsk, POLAND - OCT 4, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing really exciting about this one. Brown in color. I can even see through it. Head is small and beige in color. Watery with streight forward burned malt flavor. More water and a bit of black chocolate but I might be a bit exaggerating. Itís an easy drink for those who need to quench their thirst and they hate clear beers.
kingvit (409) - - SEP 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: coffee, chocolate, citrus, lactose, caramel, roast; Taste: intense sourness, slight sweetness, slight bitterness; Palate: light body, watery texture, abrupt finish, average carbonation
Smooth, a bit too sour and light bodied, could be improved.
Mjp12 (1391) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good porter aroma, but for a 5.5% beer, this tastes a bit thin. Not a bad porter, but not as strong as some of the other beers in the new range
jvhemert (377) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 20, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: smoke, toast, chocolate
Appearance: dark brown, no head
Taste: little sweet, medium bitter
Palate: very thin, no body
Overall: aromas start interesting but without a body and aromas suddenly disappearing this is not one to repeat.
FatPhil (13867) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
500ml bottle (M&S Rocca al Mare, Tallinn)
Rich cherry wood red, dark beige tight head. Pleasatly nutty aroma, nice husky grains, just a little bit of coffee. So grainy. Smooth palate, pleasant carbonatuon. Simple toasted wholemeal bread, lovely nuttiness, a little bit walnutty, some hint of almond. Finish a little bit toastier still. Damn, this is breakfast - I just need some honey on it.
tinylightsrecs (437) - - JUL 26, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Marks and Spencer Wetherby Services. Pours deep, dark brown/black. Thick, full flavour of smoke, meat, nuts, chocolate. A luxurious and enjoyable porter
The_Osprey (6351) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle from M&S Richmond, 5.5% BB Jan 2016. Dark brown, small foamy off-white head doesnít endure long. Aroma is light with some roast malts and wood. Body is medium, soft carbonation. Taste is leathery, some toffee, light smoke towards the finish. A touch watery, but OK.