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 (1532) - 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 (12725) - 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 (9996) - TromsÝ, 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 í08). 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).
Finn (5563) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - NOV 19, 2006
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0,75l. Dark brown coloured. A large tanned head. Sweet spicy aroma. Roasted flavour. Hints of coffee. A bit unvaried aftertaste. A roasted finish.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown body, medium creamy buff head. Notes of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and even a touch of smoke characterize the aroma, with tangy notes. Rich chocolatey body, toasty and bready, with a classic chalky, dusty mouthfeel and light woody tones. Fairly light but rich and well-made.
RobertGBG (109) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 14, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smell of coffee and tobaco, some bitterness, taste of coffee, a little watery, red-brown with no head
greenmanalishi (517) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another great effort from Meantime. Pours mahongany/red, with a frothy, tan head. Roasted malts, nuts, chocolate flavour, similar aroma with hints of coffee.
SilkTork (5467) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2006
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle conditioned. Aimed originally at the American market, this and the IPA are becoming increasingly available in the UK. This is very much an American style beer. Tasty, pleasant, flavoursome, and quite clean. Itís a very enjoyable, slightly sweet, beer, that somehow lacks the grit, sweat, character and charm of the beers that make you gasp and swoon. Itís ticked all the right boxes, in all the right order. Itís in a sense, quite a commercially successful beer because it has managed to appeal to its target audience. Itís strong, without being too heady. Just strong enoiugh to give some body and weight, and to make the beer feel serious enough. Itís bitter, but not - thankfully - being too aggresive. Itís got dark chocolate and sweet coffee notes. Itís your American Porter by the numbers. It works. But itís boring. Everything is where it is supposed to be. It tastes familiar and dull. Itís all quite expected and tidy and neatly done. Itís amazingly dull for such a tasty beer. It has none of the unexpected oddities and delights of the great beers - none of the surprising twists and novel turns. It has no originallity or spark. It is a mechanical beer. Well made, yes. But in a very plastic way. Do I enjoy drinking it? O yes. Very much. Do I think this is a great beer? No. Will I buy it again? Probably. Though Iíd rather have the somewhat cheaper and more delightful cask version of Shepherd Neameís Porter.
thomat (2909) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Dark brown color with a firm brown foam. Chocolate and coffee tones. Medium to light body with a bitter finish.