MacBoost (1261) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a viscous dark brown/black with an enormous tan head. Aromas of some dark fruit, some roast, slight hazelnut, oak. Taste is similar - stone fruits, peaty smokiness, wood. Slightly roasty but more mellow that an impy stout. Alcohol is completely hidden. Jesus, this beer is truly a world class Baltic porter. Very nicely done.
jbruner (2296) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 4, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Naval College Old Porter in the bomber. Pours a thick, opaque, brownish black from the bottle with a frothy tan head and great lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, oak, and slight dark chocolate sweetness. Taste all of that with a bitter mouth and alcoholic burn on the way down. Superb.
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.
joshwoodward (566) - - JAN 27, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice. Solid Porter style, with a great balancing hoppiness. Not too heavy. Very nice.
superspak (2562) - 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.
Jesterdeal (1842) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUL 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of coffee, malt, notes of the oak in nut form. Pours black with a fluffy biege head. Taste is good and roasty with strong coffee notes and burnt oak. Mouthfeel is not too thick but nice and warm. Delicious porter.
PorterPounder (5472) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tallahassee, Fl - New Leaf Market - 750 ml cage corked bottle - labeled as "Naval College Old Porter". Dark brown pour leaning to black with a thick khaki colored head that leaves spots of lacing. Enticing aroma with some strong earthy black potting soil, a hint of coffee and just a touch of chocolate. Flavor is full bodied and rich. Plenty of dark bittersweet chocolate, day old black coffee, a touch of licorice. Mouthfeel is dry and chalky....but in a good way. Very solid porter.
wchesser (1151) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark mahogany brown with a pillowy fading head. Smoking peaty whiskey nose and dark roasted malts and coffee. Noticeable iodine and sea air. Very reminiscent of the Ola Dubh line from Harvieston. Porter body isnít watered down at all by the barrel treatment. Dark roast and caramel malt with very pleasant scotch characteristics. Gonna go get more while I can and try to cellar it if I can resist. Hope this makes it over here regularly. Good value.
popery (1399) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a fairly dark brown. Looks black from the side view of my full glass, but color is evident when looking down into the beer. I canít see any cloudiness, but itís hard to tell. Smallish light brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is a mix of caramel, cocoa, roast and a complex barrel character. The base beer is rich and full of toasty and roasty malt flavors. Thereís a big coffee note on a sweet background of gooey caramel and treacle. The scotch barrel is strong and carries a punch of wood, smoke, brine and booze. Iíve tried a couple Octomore expressions and enjoy that peaty beast of a whisky, but your mileage may vary on this beer if youíre not a fan of Islay peat. The brine and smoke are just lovely. Itís a shame that more beers donít get to see scotch barrels. The beer tastes similarly. Lots of roast, peat smoke, coffee, brine, molasses, and chocolate. It also adds in some dark malt fruitiness. The barrel comes through clearly and helps to dry out the sweeter side of the beer. Smooth mouthfeel. Low-ish carbonation, though pretty normal for a strong porter, particularly an English one. Lingering aftertaste of coffee, cocoa and peat. Very nice beer. Meantime is an excellent brewer, and itís great to find a both a good strong English porter and a good scotch-barrel aged beer. Over time, I imagine the barrel flavor would recede a bit and more of those fruity dark malt flavors would come out.
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 4, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the White Horse 40 from 40 Festival, 1st May 2010. Black as night with a little head. Nose has oak, iodine, coffee and also whisky from the cask aging. It slips smoothly down and only the alcohol numbing your tongue reminds you of the strength. Demands to be savoured with strong saltiness, molasses and treacle in the mouth. You can see why the blend of "old and new" took off in such a big way - this is the best of both worlds, strong flavours with the drinkability and freshness of a younger beer. Personally, I think the whisky character slightly puts me off - Iíd love to try a batch where the stock ale had been aged in a neutral, fresh cask that hadnít had whisky in it.