MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 8, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate:
Gravicask @ Reading Beer Festival. Black colour with a great creamy off white head. Served in top condition. Proper porter nose with plenty of rubbery dark chocolate malt. Not overly brimming with character in the mouth but still ver good. Palate is just about right. A very enjoyable porter. Just how it should be.
jgb9348 (5605) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown coloured body with a thinnish tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and some nuts. Medium-bodied; Creamy and roasty flavour with a nice bitterness at end. Aftertaste clean and sharp, but relatively nice. Overall, a nice break from Guinness, but the reminders of THE irish beer are still everywhere in this one! Definitely nice to try in Ireland. I sampled this pint on draught at the MessRS Maguire Brewpub in Central Dublin on 19-February-2009.
RichardGretton (4626) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@Rugby Beer Festival, 2007. Black beer with a light head. The aroma is lightly roasted and the flavour is malty and weakly roasted. Overall a plain porter.
eaglefan538 (3024) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Bull and Cork, Dublin. The pour was dark brown in color, ok initial head and below par lacing. The aroma was milk chocolate and light roast. The flavor was milk chocolate first and foremost, light roast second, and a variety of lesser harder to detect hints of licorice and maybe some dark fruits. The mouthfeel was low on carbonation, somewhat sticky. Overall a sweeter take on the porter style, also not complex, but enjoyable (not sessionable: too sweet).
garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On cask at the brew pub. Appearance: very dark brown, almost black, thick latte coloured head. Aroma: Mild, a little chocolate and malt, somewhat roasty with some grass notes. Flavour: Mild mouthfeel with a hint of chocolate & malt, toasty, simple, quick milk chocolate finish. Pleasant.
danielecamo (839) - ITALY - AUG 26, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Come sempre la porter si dimostra la birra migliore per i birrifici irlandesi...pttimo tostato, con finale cioccolatoso...
Beermack (725) - London, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 version on tap at Messrs (4.8% ABV). Pours deep, dark, murky ruby with thin off-white head - great lacing. Aroma is fairly subtle roasted, smokey malt, chocolate, and slight coffee. Taste is much the same with pronounced chocolate, smoked, and coffee flavours all combining well. A little bit watery - not quite as full a mouthfeel as I would like, but still a very decent and satisfying porter.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - OCT 18, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black, though with very little head. The aroma is quite mild. Dry, decent roasted flavours, coffee more so than chocolate, pronounced bitterness, but not to the point of being harsh. Medium bodied. One of the better Irish brews IMO.
BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - SEP 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark brown to black in colour with mild coffee aroma. A slight chocolate taste and bitterness to finish.