gegwilson (2184) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours mahogany with a cream head. The taste is coffe and chocolate with light spice and smoke. There’s something a little metallic too.
tricksta_p (2087) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - NOV 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of roasted malts, toffee, coffee, chocolate, light smoke. Flavour is light sweet with a medium bitter finish. A very solid Porter.
Cuso (6093) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - NOV 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark chestnut color with thick beige head. Caramel, dark malt, some fruits in aroma. Taste, sweet caramel malt, burned sugar, red fruits, coffee, chocolate, licorice. Enjoyable beer.
BrownALEx (351) - Portland, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Seven Monks in Traverse City. Nice malty porter, aromas of chocolate and coffee. Deep dark pour with a heavy body. Overall a great porter. Will get again.
HerrBierkoenig (611) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 0,33l bottle, BBD 21 04 15. Pours light cloudy dark brown to red liquid, big tan head, Aroma: roasted malt/ espresso, plum, ripe fruits, Taste: medium to heavy sweet, medium bitter, dry, espresso, ripe fruits, milk, Palate: full body, creamy texture, soft to average carbonation, long roasty bitter finish. Overall: very good porter, without warming alcohol, mainly roasty notes.
slowrunner77 (7207) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
"typical porter aroma, which is nice,but a bit on the weak side. I’m a little distracted from the roasted aroma and flavor by a slight sour note, which doesn’t quite fit the style. we tried side by side with another english porter (santas’s butt) and liked this one better, although both were slightly disappointing. i’ll stick with fullers!"
eduardovl (1103) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 15, 2014 750ml bottle poured in a chalice.
A: Pours a dark brown to black clean color with a large, around three finger, tan head. Medium retention and some
S: Sweet and roasted. Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts are evident
T: Follows the smells: Dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malts with notes of caramel. Nice bitterness with a pleasant smoky end
M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable. A bit molasses. Mild bitter and smoky end
O: Very good quality beer. Really easy to drink.
[ BA Review @ 7/8/2011 ]
blackradioboy (113) - SCOTLAND - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Waitrose. Champagne-style cork, giant bottle. First taste a bit metallic, unpleasant. Then it mellows out and becomes rather nice. Very soft and warming. The first Meantime bottled beer I've actually enjoyed...
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Arcanor (86) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml bottle from Siciliano’s Specialty Market Michigan.
Pour deep dark brown with a 2cm tan foam.
Aroma is seriously from a classic British Porter, no twist here.
Same thing for the taste. Nothing to add, it’s a real Porter.
UXO (859) - 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.