SlovakSniper (4307) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bouteille 356) Un collet dense et ténébreux flotte sur un liquide brun foncé. Une dentelle éparse décore le verre. Le nez de ce porter recèle de notes chocolatées confortables avec des malts rôtis assez intenses aux accents de café aromatisé. Les saveurs soutiennent les arômes avec des grains torréfiés traversées par des notes de café italien et des fèves de cacao. En bouche, la sensation du liquide est assez pleine : son effervescence modérée contribue à rendre la texture bien crémeuse. La finale se fait sur des notes franchement amères, davantage par la torréfaction que par les houblons.
wavers1 (915) - Notown, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle courtesy of Anker, thank you! Took this big boy camping with myself and two others, great times! consumed straight from the bottle, but it looks to have a nice size spongey head. its a solid, roasty imperial porter, lots of dark dried stone fruit, tobacco and tar, but the body is only medium as opposed to very thick and syrupy. this definitely makes the beer more enjoyable in larger quantities like this. we all wanted more when this one was gone!
FatPhil (12180) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - SEP 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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Looks lovely and dark, small head. Sweet roasty aroma promises good things. However, once in the mouth it’s a bit of a let-down, as it just blends into the full-bodied porter family without enough distinguishing factors. So it’s good, but unexceptional. Like a good US porter. Almost seems watery compared to the Messy we just had. Does at least have a nice long roasty finish with pleasant bitter hops.
Bov (11155) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - SEP 16, 2011
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
from Erzbierschof.ch - black beer under a solid and long lasting dark creamy beige foam; nice lace; robust aroma of cocoa and black chocolate; very roasted and with some hop presence; notes of walnuts; full-bodied and very tasty; a subtle yet solid carbonation; a robust bitterness in top of some sweetness; velvety mouthfeel; very long and very bitter roasted coffeish and chocolatey aftertaste along with nutty, piney, woody and hoppy notes - a tremendous and highly complex beer !
anders37 (20831) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small brown head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma with hoppy hints. Roasted malty bitter chocolate and licorice flavor with hints of dark fruit and hoppy bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish with bitter hoppy aftertaste.
Leighton (16259) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 7, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 22, 2011 Bottle at CPK thanks to Tom. Pours black-brown with an enormous, beige head. Boozy cocoa nose, some roast, a bit of peat. Flavor is rich, sweet, with tangy roast, peat, dry cocoa, slight alcohol and burnt sugar. Full in body with average to lively carbonation. Warming finish with chocolate malt roast, peat, faint earth and grass. Lingering dry, cocoa roast. Delicious and not too over-the-top. (4.3) Bottle at CBC during RBESG 2011. Pours black-brown with a huge, beige head. Boozy, dark chocolate nose, light roast, some dark fruits. Medium sweet flavor, lots of mocha, some coffee beans, mild alcohol presence. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Mild warming finish, dry cocoa, subtle mocha, hints of booze. Great mocha character. Great balance. (4.3)
KyotoLefty (8369) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Magnum at Craft Beer Co., RBESG 2011, for Stella’s birthday.
Shiny black, low head. Nose of orange chocolate. Flavor is berries, chocolate, light smoke, citrus-orange, a bit of wood, coffee. Nice stuff: interesting and tangy.
Enjoyit (3690) - Vadum, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black of colour with a brown head. An aroma of roasted malt, spice and liqurice. A flavor of roasted malt and coffee, weak sweet notes.
Fin (8849) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle that Tom very kindly plonked on the table at the Cask & KItchen, Pimlico, London, 4th June 2011 Pours dark brown with tan head. Rush of lovely dark cocoa and then a significan touch of roasty coffee, sweet but quite lovely very full in the mouth with hops starting to zing about. Marvellous stuff, Big thanks to Tom for this. A8 A4 T8 P4 Ov16 4.1
harrisoni (16047) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle Cask Pub thanks to Tom. Roasty aroma. Full and creamy in the mouth. Some roast throughout. Mouthfeel us really good. Some decent choc on finish. Really lovely in mouth with a burnt cocoa finish which is rich