deanso (8440) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting.
thin white head. Clear deep amber pour. Peaty aroma and peaty taste.
Vaiz (4190) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at monthly 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Brown pour. Aroma has loads of peat, iodine and... Hospital. Flavor is quite spicy, slightly sour, Islay whisky and a hint of sweetness in the finish. Thin body.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled 25/12/13. A black beer with a whitish head and lace. Islay smokiness in the nose but it’s quite thin. Good smoke and burnt roasty malts in the mouth. Doesn’t drink its strength. The Islay works nicely for me. Wouldn’t have thought this was in the barrel for two years.
ABUSEDGOAT (2554) - California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roast, coffee, chocolate, caramel, light light barrel. Seriously I wouldn’t have guessed this was barrel aged. Medium to full body, somewhat bitter roasted finish. Pretty nice.
koleminer20 (2218) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL bottle. Part of a tasting 11/24/2013 at Fraser’s Pub in Ann Arbor. The pour is a nice dark brown/black with a thin filmy head and no lace. The aroma is very heavy on the vanilla and a bit of bourbon with a nice smokey characteristic to it. The flavor is immediately bourbon heavy with coffee and chocolate taking the back seat. The flavor fizzles out quickly to a soft chocolatey finish
Cantabrian (975) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from some US online outlet. This is sold in the US as “Naval College Old Porter”, as American regulation will not allow the name “hospital” to be associated with a beer. Certainly an aggravating aspect would be the strong flavour of Dexamethasone (Decadron) that could convey the impression of anti-inflammatory properties. The beer looks lovely dark brown with a decent beige head. Aromas are fruity, with red currants and tart cherries, but the music gets out of tune with the strong Dexamethasone flavour, among chocolates, Ovaltine and filberts. The Islay malt only comes out much later, as it warms in the glass, adding the alcohol and the peat to the melange. There’s more carbonation than I’d want to see in such a beer. Not bad, but not even among my favourites for this broad style.
Headbanger (3780) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle 10/29/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in English Pint-Pours black with ruby tints. Aroma of roasted malt, smoke, spicy peppers, oak, coffee, and chocolate. Taste of oak, malt, coffee, and chocolate. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and kicks ass.
jtclockwork (14594) - , New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of earthy peat smoke, cocoa, dark bread (danish rye?), clove, tobacco, toasted nuts, old coffee and wood. Complex. Medium body.
superspak (4477) - Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/23/2015. Pours clear very dark brown color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, biscuit, toffee, dark bread, coffee, clove, oak, light nuttiness, peat smoke, raisin, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and balance of dark/roasted notes with moderate oak/smoke presence; and good strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, biscuit, coffee, dark bread, clove, oak, light nuttiness, floral, light smoke, and roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toast, toffee, dark bread, coffee, oak, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of roasted/dark malt flavors with moderate barrel presence; with great robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent oak aged Baltic porter! All around great complexity and robustness of dark/roasted flavors with moderate oak presence; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 5/6/2013. Pours translucent dark brown with a fluffy, creamy light brown head. Aroma is roast malts, chocolate, creamy, wood, come chalkiness, a touch of peat. Taste is very nice; slightly sweet, dark fruits and berries, dark chocolate, touch of smoke; nice long dark chocolate finish. Light lacing. Creamy, light bodied mouth feel. Medium carbonation; nice aromatics. Overall, pretty great. Nice flavors, color. Really enjoyed this.