HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - APR 26, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml). Shared with blankboy and Dave B, Dave’s bottle. Poured very dark mahogany with a huge beige head. Aroma is VERY dry, lots of yeast, toasty malt, plenty of dry UK hops, some appleseed bitterness, with hints of chocolate and coffee, even a bit of lactose - unusual and solid. Taste is similar to the aroma, yeasty and tart apricot on top of the light chocolate - interesting. Mouthfeel is average, roasty - nice. Really liked it, unusual - thanks, Dave!
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The first porter I’ve ever had from a corked 750, not that that makes a bit of difference - deep ruby color, with thin but lasting lace - very dry, espresso-like aroma, with some background date and fig, some chocolate - quite bright and fruity at first, but this settles as a dry, cocoa-like flavor and abundant dark roast coffee settle in - a very gentle, refined, subtle english porter - I like it very much.
oldrtybastrd (3222) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep brown with a nice tan head. Smells of dark chocolate, coffee and nuts with a little caramel. Flavor is smooth with lots of chocolate and dark malts and coffee with little hops. FInish is still smooth with a bite of bitterness.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 21, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I thought this was great! Soft aroma of toffee and roast, fairly thin pour - brownish crimson. Off the charts drinkability. Lots of coffee, toffee and toasted caramel. Quite quaffable and tasty.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - APR 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml corked and caged bottle - Pours brown with a creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aromas of yeast, hops, light coffee, and some roasted malts. Flavor is roasted malts, caramel, a touch of chocolate and some coffee. Yeast and hops in the fore and roasted malts throughout, but the lingering sweet aftertaste of chocolate and coffee is what you are left with. Palate is medium bodied and somewhat creamy. I found this surprisingly better than I anticipated.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750 ml corked and caged bottle: Obtained 01-Dec-05 in trade with iwantalambic, thanks Justin!) Quite a bit lighter and not at all what I was expected from a "London Porter." But that’s not meant to be a criticism, it’s just different kind of porter from what I’m used to here in the States. Perhaps not unexpected, but this beer is pretty boring when the cold bottle is just removed from the fridge, but when warm, that’s when interesting things really happen. Mild sweetness, moderate chocolate, gentle bitterness, noticeable up-front hops, a touch of yeast, but the finish is very chocolaty and absolutely delicious. Sweet, chocolate bar nose. Medium bodied, but in no way does this thin out in the finish. Carbonation is quite light, thanks to the loosely-fitting cork. The beer has a hazy, dark amber-brown body, but despite the cork issue and gentle carbonation, each pour of the beer is topped by a solid inch of bubbly, light-tan head that very gradually settles to a wide ring. Lacing is modest, but scattered around much of the glass. I have to admit, I wasn’t all that impressed when I took my first sip, but the temperature warmed and the beer warmed on me. A more subtle porter, but ultimately very tasty and enjoyable.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear dark amber color with a small off-white head. Sweet caramel and chocolate malt aroma. Dark roasted malt and chocolate flavor with some light bitterness.
PorterPounder (6138) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Whole Foods, Sarasota, Fl. - beautiful corked 750 ml boittle earns a 4 in appearance. Dark amber pour, fairly light for a porter, with a soft, long lasting khaki head. Aroma has hints of chocolate, some earthiness. hint of coffee. Same vein runs through the flavor with the chooclate being the most dominant. HInt of fruitness in the back end. However, not as rich as I expected. Mouthfeel is slightly thin as well. Expected great things when seeing the package - but just a tad underwhelmed.
gnoff (8377) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 20, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2007 First rating.
Bottle of 750 ml with a cork like on the picture to the left. Bought at Swedish alcohol store "Systembolaget".
Beautiful ruby red color with a big creamy brown head. Coffee and chocolate scent. Big body and great bitterness. Big chocolaty and coffee taste and long aftertaste.
Cloudy look the second time, since the size of the bottle compared to my glass didn’t allow one pour only. Yeast sediment is to "blame", but I do love bottle conditioned beer.
Some alcohol in the scent when the beer gets a bit warm.
Second rating March 10, 2007.
75 cl bottle at Delirium Café, Göteborg.
Clear red-brown color, dissapearing tan/beige head. Nice smooth chocolate scent with some salty mineral in the back. Salty roasted chocolate and bitter taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bitterness.
TheGrandMaster (2334) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Half pint pulled on St Patrick’s Day at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), dark with ruby tints and a thin filmy head. Slightly roasted aroma. Flavour is quite hoppy with some fruit (peach) and roasted coffee undertones all the way through. A zesty/fizzy mouthfeel.