DruncanVeasey (7315) - NUNEATON, CONF N, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml corked bottle. Pops open with an appetising gust of deeply smoky malt, boozy espresso and sticky licorice. Black pour with dark ruby tints. An intensely roasty interpretation with some smoky coffee and charred raisiny fruit. Lingeringly bitter at the back of the tongue. Quite a creamy palate. Some subtler toffeeish flavours emerging as it warms, despite the brewer’s recommendation to chill it. Pleasant enough, but little overwhelmed by that roasty bitterness.
JonMoore (1899) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Chestnut coloured with a slim beige head. Roasted malt aroma with chocolate and coffee. Same elements in the taste; plus a smokiness and some dark fruits. Nice light roasted and bitter finish. Very nice smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel and very drinkable. Excellent.
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 7, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ruby-brown beer with a tan head. Chocolate aroma with some coffee, roast and sweetness. Creamy mouthfeel with chocolate and sweet malt starting and fading to more roastiness and nutiness and a touch of bitter hops. Roasty, slight smokiness lingering. Medium body. Solid porter.
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours much a lighter brown than expected. The flavor is there and the beer doesn’t drink like a meal, drinkable. I get a smokey, fishy after taste similar to Alaskan Smoked Porter but not as prevalent, which I like alot. This beer would be a good choice for pairing.
IrishBoy (3883) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 750mL; Nose of coffee and roastiness; clear deep brown with a medium tan head; flavor of coffee, cocoa, and nuttiness.
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Extremely sweet aroma with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Pours a not-quite-black brown with small, white head. Really well developed coffee notes in the flavor. Nice bitter chocolate as well. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say this beer deserves a better rating than a 3.56.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the 750 mL bottle from Beertopia. This bottle was so full that there was dried beer around the top of the cork seal and no headspace. Also, there was no pressure under the cork when it was popped. However, my concerns were for naught as the beer poured a beautiful beige head atop a dark brown (not black) beer. The aroma seemed slightly sour, but also the smell of sorhgum. The falcor was delightful: sweet from dense molasses and sorhgum flavors and mildly chocolate. Has a clearly defined bitterness as evidenced by the residual drying bitter flavor in the terminal palate. This was not coffee-like, not was it roasted at all. This is what I want to taste in a true porter. Really nice and I think underrated here at 3.5!
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of sweet malt, nuts and raisons. Flavor of sweet malt with notes of chocolate, coffee and nuts.
Tmoney99 (11076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Corked bottle from Whole Fodds, Sarasota, FL. Poured dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate toasted nutty malt aroma. Medium body. Medium roasted balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer. Solid drinkable beer.
Rune (8490) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml in a compact bottle bought at The St Albans Beer Festival in 2005 (bb. May ’08). Rocky, dense brownish head over a dark brown body. Dark malty aroma. Flavour is a blend of coffee, dark fruits and burnt malt. Delicate roasted bitter finish. Moderate palate and easy drinkability (sampled at a drinking party at CatweazleTroms 18.11.2006).