lobs_ols (452) - 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 (2705) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Alengrin (4529) - 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.
BrewTom (591) - - FEB 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Full bodied with a good amount of roasted notes balanced with a slight sweetness & a smooth palate. Plenty of chocolate notes.
Rated by BrewTom
Leini (1807) - SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at a local tasting event. Dark body with a low head. Chocolate, nuts, earthy notes, dark fruit. Pretty straight forward.
EvaCandido (73) - Padova, ITALY - JAN 14, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Good creamy and white foam, delicate aroma of Caramel, coffee, more intense toast profile. Balance in bitterness. No hop aroma
mighty_meadow (308) - Kilwinning, SCOTLAND - DEC 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from M&S.
Bit thin but lots of flavour.
Quite bitter. Chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Really nice.
Vells (1607) - Rîga, Latvija, LATVIA - DEC 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Quite too light for porter. Mybe not in ABV, but overall in body. Mostly malty, with some decent roasted hints, bit nutty, caramel. Quite dry finish. Moderate sweet with light bitterness.
Yes its a porter, but I would prefer it as brown ale x)
Lore (2169) - Budapest, HUNGARY - DEC 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark brown colour with ruby notes, 1 inch of beige head; aroma of coffee, earth, wood notes and some chocolte; taste of coffee, woody notes and some sorness; correct porter
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - DEC 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma roasted, light dark fruits. Remains quite single-dimensional. Clear dark brown colour. Almost moderately lasting head. Taste is chocolate up front, roasted in a moment. Lightly fruity. Thin bodied. Good.