TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark brown with a beige head. Smells like chocolate, scotch, and toffee. Peat is very apparent along with dark, roasted cocoa and vanilla. Finishes dry, complementing the roasted flavors and peat.
The peat from the Bruichladdich barrels is almost overpowering on the first couple sips, but as your palate adjusts you notice how well it melds with the rest of the beer. Cellerable.
nearbeer (4624) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 5, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
33 cl. bottle, under the US alias. Clear, deep mahogany with a lasting film of cream. Aroma of toffee, cherry, chocolate, toasted nut, light whiskey. Flavors of toffee, whiskey, earthy chocolate, raisin, toasted oak and potato skins. Nice touches of peat and cured tobacco in the long finish. Medium body has medium-plus carbonation that’s a bit much, but a very drinkable balance.
ChainGangGuy (4692) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle - $5.75 at Tasty Beverage Company in Asheville, North Carolina.
Appearance: Pours a medium-dark brown body with a smallish, light ecru head.
Smell: A strong scent of booze-soaked raisins and toasted dark-minded breads with some light spice and muted, blended notes of cocoa and wood shavings.
Taste: As with the nose, a predominance of raisiny dark fruitiness and toasted pumpernickel with a stray sprinkling of sugar. Some lighter hints of chocolate powder, tobacco ashes and minerals. Relatively light bitterness. A little mild throughout and approaching the drying finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: Had much higher hopes, but, ultimately, found it a bit bland.
rondphoto (3573) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 21, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear very dark ruby brown color, thick 1" beige head, sheets of lace. Aroma of malt and caramel. Taste is clean caramel malt with woody overtones that smoothly floats into the swallow adding only a little fizz, and then an earthy, barely hopped finish. A robust, full-bodied, complex, well-balanced brew. If the abv was lower, it’d be one of my "go-to" beers.
rubbishystuff (2198) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2015
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From WLVL. Not terribly pleased they are SAB Miller now but this was really good, minerally smooth, rich but easy drinking. Serving: Bottle
Capa (2556) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - SEP 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I picked this bottle up more than two years ago but didn’t get a chance to drink it before moving overseas. Forgotten and lonely in my father-in-law’s cool, dark basement, it sat patently for me to return. I returned, found the bottle, and rejoiced. Then I promptly forgot about it again until I unpacked my beer box after moving into a new home. Very dark brown with a beige head. Full, syrupy body. This one is full of molasses, chocolate, dark malts, ripe fruit, medium wood, and a slight bitter chocolate finish. Very smooth with well a well balanced aroma and flavor profile. Highly enjoyable brew. (8% Naval College Old Porter)
DialSquare (4001) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Bob’s Bar. Dark mud brown pour with thin light tan head and loose stick. Aroma of cocoa, roasted malt. Tastes are earthy, tobacco, peaty wood, rye. Thin to medium palate. Chalky slightly tinny finish. Solid. 7.4
BillWyce (935) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 9, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours lightly hazy red-brown, with a thin, 1-finger bone-colored head. Aroma of roasted coffee mixed with some caramel. Body is medium and somewhat oily, with a light astringency to the finish. Flavor of buttery caramel or toffee beneath a char that gives it a coffee-like flavor.
minutemat (3651) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours dark with medium tan head. Aroma is dark malts. No discernible peat presence. Smooth porter with very light chocolate and the faintest hint of coffee. Not amazing.
mintzmeet (418) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Some strong toffee flavors. Actually real real smooth. Fire. Smells syrupy. Dark. Malty. Wahhabi.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft. From notes. Navel college version. Roasty coffee, woody bourbon notes. Caramel and smokey. Good.