UXO (522) - CANADA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep ruby brown with hints of amber brown around the margins, two fluffy fingers of loose tan head diminishing gradually to a thin cap, spotty lacing. Nose is roast malts, toffee, chocolate, coffee. Taste is sweet toffee malt and chocolate giving way to bitter coffee, faint smoky molasses. Medium body and a creamy mouth feel, with a long bitter finish.
Definitely not to be drunk cold - the flavour opens up considerably as it warms to room temperature. A much-better-than-average porter. This one was well past its best-by date of February 2014, but I wouldn’t expect that to be an issue at all for this style, particularly given the moderately high ABV. I detected no adverse signs of age, and if anything would expect some cellaring time to be beneficial. I keep waffling back and forth on my overall opinion of porters and stouts, and this one is definitely one in the “pro” column.
crossovert (8330) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sm bottle. Definitely an old-school type porter, very light and yeast-driven. Would be good in cask
ContemplateBeer (1620) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 20, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Complex. The expected roast character and dark chocolate meets something like campfire roasted marshmallows, imparting a semi-sweetness and a touch of smoke. Appearance: Solid black pour with a sticky mocha head that faded into a sticky skin. Flavor: Roast is the most obvious thing here, but chocolate is not far off, especially in the finish. Light smoke and wood creep around the edges. Palate: Light body, slick texture, flat carbonation, long finish. Overall: Pretty much loved this; so much nuance and character without so much as a shout. An elegant, old world porter.
rejtable (1501) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle roughly 1.5 years old. Pours black with some foamy head and minimal lacing. Nose is coffee and some metal. Flavours of coffee, some molasses, almost a smoky note there as well. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium body with medium carbonation.
fishonmyplane (494) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Classic British porter. The flavors are balanced; not too strong, almost muted. There is the expected roasted malt, coffee and chocolate. Low to medium bitterness, with moderate malty sweetness. Reddish black color, light and partially transparent. Seemed a little weak at first but the flavor opens up as the beer warms towards room temp.
alexsdad06 (6272) - Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from backlog notes. Pours a clear dark reddish brown color with a smaller beige head. The aroma and flavor had dark fruit, light roast,chocolate, a liht coffee note, a hint of molasses, medium body, smooth, a touch dry at the finish. A decent English porter.
miquelcrush (1603) - Granollers, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bona cervesa, bastant equilibrada i gustosa.
Buena cerveza, bastante equilibrada y sabrosa.
spacecube (1082) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle, pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has a fine balance of malts, chocolate, coffee, light roast, digestive biscuit. A little mince pie fruitiness coming through, the finish is balanced well and ends a little chocolate orange dry zest. Carbonation average. Nice porter.
Allegue04 (15) - Gijon, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Es una cerveza inglesa q sorprende al gusto. Tiene la apariencia de una cerveza tostada-negra, pero con un regusto a chocolate amargo. Recomendada para quien busque una cerveza diferente.
En Gijón podeis encontrarla en el Montana
Martinus (3310) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black colour, beige head. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, tobacco and caramel. Sweet malty flavour, cacao, caramel. Light bitter finish, chocolate, roasted malts.
(from 75cL bottle @ RBBWG III, Gent. Thanks to whoever shared this!)