flying_pig (1150) - SCOTLAND - MAY 6, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml Bottle from Whol Foods, Giffnock (£5.06):
This one was quite a nice beer and one that I’m actually glad came in the larger, 750ml bottle as it gave me extra time to fully appreciate the beer and enjoy it as it went down. The beer was a very easy on to drink thanks in no small part to the excellent balance of the beer but also because of the smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel and the touches of sweetness that appeared throughout. Definitely a beer that is well worth picking up if your lucky enough to stumble across it but it’s not a stand out Meantime offering, just a solid and highly drinkable beer.
alteregoo (315) - POLAND - MAY 3, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2015 Piana spora, drobno i średnio pęcherzykowa, szybko jednak opada do kożuszka. Barwa ciemno brązowa, klarowna. Aromat z butelki mocno czekoladowy, likierowy. Po przelaniu traci na intensywności i czystości, dochodzi nuta karmelu, miodu, kawy zbożowej, a nawet niestety delikatna kanaliza. W smaku po pierwszym łyku wydaje się palone, lekko torfowe, następnie jednak na pierwszym planie znów karmel, mleczna czekolada i kawa espresso, dość słodkie, półpełne w odczuciu. Goryczka ziołowo-korzenno-alkoholowa, nieduża, ale dobrze balansująca karmel i toffie, które przez chwilę pozostają jeszcze w afterteasie razem z ciepłem dobrze skomponowanego alkoholu.
Raczej dość przeciętny angielski porter, mocno karmelowy, deserowy, dość mulący na dłuższą metę. Brakuje tu chyba odważniejszego chmielenia lub więcej torfowości - w tej formie jest zbyt grzecznie, klasycznie, nijako...
kapusil (780) - HUNGARY - APR 23, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
0.33l bottle. Dark ruby body, off-white head. Aroma of cocoa, coffee, tobacco, caramel and figs. Taste of sour cherry (I quite like the sourness), chocolate, coffee, smoke and a floral hop bite. Easy to drink. I like it.
Belgrave (30) - Truro, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish-brown with a large lasting foamy off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, fruit and chocolate. Taste is dry and roasty along with some yeast, coffee and a slightly hoppy and chocolatey finish. Medium bodied.
VinegarStroke (342) - Napa, California, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: clear deep toffee brown with a very light head & poor lace. Very smokey malt nose. Certainly not a massive lift and while its smokey it’s not heavily roasted. Slightly sour nose. The palate is dry to off dry with a slightly sour note and medium bitterness. Very smokey malt again on the palate. Lacks complexity or saturation. Nice beer but not great.
I like the sour edge the more I taste it.
Lele (248) - Padova, ITALY - MAR 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
ASPETTO: marrone scuro con riflessi granata, quasi impenetrabile, ma limpido. Schiuma marroncino chiarissimo, abbondante, fine e decisamente persistente. AROMA: complesso, ricco di vari sentori. All’inizio non è molto pronunciato, ma si avvertono chiaramente del panettone, della cenere, del caffè e una punta di cioccolato. Quando si riscalda si accentua maggiormente un marcato sentore di marzapane. GUSTO: in bocca si ripresentano i sentori avvertiti al naso, con altre sorprese. Sono soprattutto i sentori di marzapane, uvetta, cenere, cioccolato ad essere presenti, tutti però in maniera moderata e perfettamente in armonia tra loro. Il caffè emerge soprattutto nella parte finale del sorso e nel retrogusto, con un amaro molto piacevole che ripulisce la bocca e invita ad una nuova bevuta. Corpo leggero, carbonizzazione tra media e leggera. CONCLUSIONE: una birra che è insieme semplice e complessa: complessa perché sono presenti vari sentori, semplice perché nessuno di essi è veramente predominante, anzi, tutto è all’insegna dell’equilibrio. Questa birra è proprio all’insegna dell’equilibrio. Birra dall’elevata facilità di bevuta e al contempo deliziosa. Da non perdere.
promontor (87) - HUNGARY - MAR 17, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.33l bottle from csakajósör. Nice beige head, aroma is mild, sweet dark chocolate, maybe a bit roasted. Taste is similar, with some sweet spicyness, perhaps vanilla. Perfect, mild carbonation, bittersweet aftertaste. Minimal hoppiness, just enough to balance things a bit.Typical British beer, well balanced, moderate, harmonic.
lobs_ols (391) - LATVIA - MAR 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, strong beige head. Cocoa, vanilla, sherry on the nose. Very roasty, full-bodied, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. Balanced roasty bitterness and sweetness. Finishes chocolatey bitter. Very nice!
BOSSbrewer (2707) - Arkansas, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at a tasting. Very light bodied. No carbonation. Light roast flavor. More like a mild than a porter. Very disappointing beer.
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Alengrin (3230) - BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This porter attempts to recreate the authentic, historical version of the style, the grandfather of all stouts and the first industrialized beer style in history. Very curious about this. Pours a very dark burgundy colour, transparent and clear at first but hazy with deposit, ruby hue, under a persistently lacing, stable, pale yellowish beige, dense head. Aroma of caramel candy, raisins, dried pipe tobacco, molasses, dry sherry, leather, unmistakable hint of liquorice, cookie dough, sweet red wine, crème au beurre, sour cream, cellar dust, smoked cheese, horse sweat (’animalistic’ farmyard, I’m strongly beginning to suspect Brettanomyces at work here), perhaps some brown sugar, earth, suggestions of peated whisky, baked banana and bitter chocolate, very faint hint of cough syrup. Pointy taste, more vivid than expected based on the aroma, with an onset of dried plums, walnuts and blackcurrant, soft carbonation, something umami-like, oily and smooth mouthfeel, dark maltiness with nutty, caramelly and bitter chocolatey characteristics as well as clear wheat sourishness, increasing roasted bitterness in the end but staying subdued and not becoming coffee-like as in a stout, sublty smoky accent (smoked meat) in the end, spicy, herbal and leafy hops in the finish, forming another layer of complexity on top of the lingering toastedly bitterish and caramelly sweetish malts; in all, the finish is bitter, with a long, deep, earthy and leafy hop bitterness; retronasally, a very faint medicinal hint of cough candy seems to get through but a clear, though unadvertized, Brettanomyces effect makes the day, as would indeed have been the case in a 19th-century porter, considering the countless historical resources testifying Brettanomyces clausenii being present in the porters of the day. This is unlike any other porter I had before, it almost feels like a historical beer, but obviously I am unable to judge to which extent this approaches the actual historical porter of the 18th and 19th centuries; if this comes anything close, however, I can easily imagine why it was such a huge success. This is a multi-layered, flawless, interesting beer indeed, which has benefited from having been cellared for a few years. Recommended for those after understanding the porter style - which is hard to distinguish from stouts nowadays in many cases. I’d say this is the perfect introduction to this style.