ClarkVV (3929) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2005 bottle shared with Nelson, Winter of 2008.
Viscous, jet black pour shows off some faint deep mahogany brown tints on the edges. A small but respectable amount of deeply burnt beige head is somewhat retained, especially given the age (and size of the bottle). Very little sediment on the bottom....
Fantastically strong aroma showcases all the vinous fruitiness, black licorice and dry roastiness I look for in stouts. Not a chocolate-fudge bomb and very mild with the hops. Hints of light oxidation play on the end, drying the roasted barley notes considerably, and giving a light bready/crustiness. No alcohol noted whatsoever (probably masked by the huge amount of dark fruitiness and charred roast). This is, IMHO, the ideal abv for the style.
Soothing, creamy, luscious mouthfeel is the first thing that comes to mind. Despite the relatively low carbonation, it never gets watery. A good amount of roasted barley up front followed by soft, caramelized sugars and deep, rich base malts. Prunes, red wine, moderate vanilla notes and light coffee suggestions are all perfectly melded and balanced. I like Fiuljins suggestion that this is "really well mixed together". Light hop bitterness, some crackery/bready hints of oxidation and little alcohol noted. Really nice stuff, malty and rich but not underattenuated or cloying. Glad I didn’t wait any longer to drink my bottle, as I don’t think this is gaining anything with more age. I assume from the bottom of the bottle, lower head retention and preliminary signs of oxidation, that this is filtered, even if only lightly so. If so, that’s still one hell of a mouthfeel and very impressive. Could use a touch more length on the finish, though, flavor-wise.
VastActiv (3367) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 11, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 0.25l at Pikkulintu, Helsinki. Vintage 2006. Originally rated 25112011. Colour is black with very small brown head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, some fruits, chocolate, sweetness and roasted malts. Fabulous.
PriorL (2415) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87. In ’The Bishop´s Arms’ Malmö. Taken from notes.
APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small stable beige head.
NOSE: coffee, some dried fruits, some alcohol.
TASTE: some liquorice, vanilla, dried fruits, alcohol.
Very good beer!
stecken (174) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 2008 at Smöf 2013. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma and taste is chocolate, dried fruits, coffee, vanilla. Full body, lovely mouthfeel, long sweet finish.
Franzen (376) - SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
2006 vintage keg at 3 små rum.
Lots of milk chocolate in the aroma.Some plums, vanilla, liquorice, coffee and smokines are there in the background. However they are all pretty mild the main character is the sweet chocolateness.
Pitch black with beige head
Sweet without beeing to sweet. The sweetness than slowy turn in to a burnt bitterness. Actually both the sweetness an bitterness get some room but it still fell very balanced. The finish is long lasting, powerfull and intense in cofee
Full body, creamy, low carbonation. Might actually have the fullest body of any beer I tasted
A really nice Porter that actually lives up to the expectations. Really long lasting finish, imptessive body and really balanced taste.
Staffan47 (887) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Flaska 2008: Drar den parallellt med Kaggen och förvånas över likheterna. Nästan så jag rent av kände bourbon i denna. Den här är dock något mer vinös i doften och känns möjligen lite mer fyllig och tyngre. Lever upp till hypen.
CarlJonas (222) - Linköping, SWEDEN - OCT 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(2008) very dark brown with a small beige head. Aroma of liquor filled chocolate pralines. Taste is way too sour and quite thin unfortunately, it was much richer when I drank it a couple of years ago. Bad bottle or just badly stored? Still pretty good though, but at this price I’d recommend you try to find another vintage. .
bergstaden (1510) - Røros, NORWAY - SEP 12, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with a brown head - Nice roasted malt aroma - A good malt body with some roasted malt and dark fruits and sweet licorice with a balancing bitterness - Has a good long finish with some licorice and dark fruits - This was real good
Cuso (5439) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 7, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle, vintage 2008 from trade with oh6gdx, many thanks Patrik. Black color with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, licorice, wood, ash, whiskey, wood. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, wood, raisins, wood. Alcoholic, complex finish. Superb stuff.
Arve_Christian (3473) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Haand Festival 2013. Black color, ok brownish foam. High aroma intensity; licorice, coffee, roasted aromas, malt & some dried fruits . Full body & high complexity. Immediate sweetness, some balancing bitterness. Very enjoyable
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