marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet roasted malt flavor. Frothy brown head and dark brown color. Flavor is good balance between sweet and bitter. Mouthfeel is light but not too thin. Good carbonation. Solid all round porter. Very drinkable.
bhensonb (12150) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of chocolate and toasted malt. Maybe some coffee. Hazy dark apricot color (halogen light) and a quickly disappearing beige head that laced a bit. Starts with roasted malt, followed by some chocolate, followed by some coffe, followed by some nice bitterness. Some smokiness comes after awhile, and there is a nice level of bitterness in the finish. Really good. Neither sweet nor dry. Brilliant.
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(large bottle) Deep reddish brown with rapidly fading tan head. No lace. Aroma of roast malts with some vanilla and alcohol. Flavor of dark fruits, hints of roast malt and chocolate. Only medium body.
Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hugely enjoyable, sexy to drink and everything a good London Porter should be. I am in love with this beer and am grateful that I got the chance to try it on the other side of the world.. The brewer is a hard case too.
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost pitch black with big, creamy tanned head. Roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, liqorice and a bit of smoke. Nice carbonated and creamy, medium body. Dry finish. Very good porter.
thornecb (4740) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bb 01 11 08. Pours mahogany into a stem glass. Fluffy mocha head leaves extreme lacing as it slowly recedes. Pit fruit and chocolate aromas. Soft but complex. Smoked plums with sweet chocolate middle that darkens to a barely bitter hop finish. While not the most robust porter...eminently drinkable.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was really disappointed in this beer. It poured a clear brown color with an off white head. The aroma was chocolatey/roasty, but the lack of flavor reallly let me down. It was like drinking a thin brown ale.
JK (4863) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Badgerben for sharing this impressive porter. I have gotten bored with the style but this beer reminds me what a porter can be. Aroma has smoke, chocolate, coffee and tobacco. Flavor has some wine, with roasted and lightly sweet malt. Thick and heavy on the palate.
thehinge (283) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 13, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with just a hint of brown. Healthy mocha colored head. Plenty of lacing. Chocolatey aroma. Tons of flavor in this porter...sweet roasted coffee flavor. Very good.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 11, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours ruby-black with a tall layer of creamy tan foam, slowly collapsing in nice sticky lumps. Dry roast aromas on first sniff, broadening to include a fresh bright character than I can’t decide is something hop related or yeast related. Baking cocoa underpins the aroma, and rounds things out. Strongly roasted flavor, dark chocolate, chalky, smooth. Some brown bread flavors seem to run just under the threshold of perceptibility, only occasionally breaking the surface, but adding depth. I often find my dark beer less dark-tasting than I hope--this one lives up to its looks. A terrific beer.