MarkoNm (160) - SLOVENIA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost completely black color with a very generous cream colored head with medium retention.
Aroma is quite strong - some roasted malts, slightly woody, heavy on the coffee and also slightly soury (wine/liquor) aroma.
The taste is very bitter, roasted with some coffee. It’s not bad, but a bit too strong, too bitter for my liking.
Otherwise very good.
chexjc (1) - - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Roasted barley, alcohol, caramel, very inviting.
Appearance: Right to style. Pours a very, very dark brown. The light brown head dissipates quickly, but laces well.
Taste: Sweet from start to finish.
Palate: More carbonation than I prefer in a porter, but it works well. Medium to full body, creaminess. Finish is long and chocolatey.
Overall: Really impressed. My brother brought this back from Israel for me to try in New York. With no idea what to expect, this is a great interpretation of the style. Much creamier (oats?) than other porters I’ve had. The oak characteristics make this 5% beer feel more like a 8-10% beer, but I mean that in a good way. There is a unique sweet flavor that I cannot identify, but it’s not a bad one...just puzzling. Sad that I may never try this one again. Cheers!
fatfreddy1 (5) - - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A very good robust porter with a strong roasted coffee aroma, a rich and complex palate with notes of chocolate and coffee and well balanced sweetness. the oak chips give the beer its unique character and influence mildly the aroma and the taste.
HoopsandHops (19) - ISRAEL - FEB 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in Jerusalem. Exp date: 08/2014. Pours black with a finger+ of mocha-colored creamy head, which settles quickly. Yeast film at base of bottle. Alcohol is prominent in the aroma, along with red wine, roasted malt, chocolate, and indeed oak. Some vanilla and leather. Coffee milk. Nice bouquet of smells, but they’re rather subdued. Taste, while enjoyable, is also on the subdued side -- roasted grains (buckwheat, barley malt) and hazelnuts. Nice bitter finish evoking coffee beans or cocoa nibs, but ephemeral. Body is full, texture is creamy, carbonation is soft, lacing is minimal.
rosenbergh (5953) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. BB 29/08/14. From Tomer. A huge thank you to Tomer!
Pitch black colour with a small foamy tan head.
Coffee, ashy dryness, vanilla, roasted malt and some sweetness in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, mild coffee, vanilla sweetness, mild woody dryness and mild hoppy bitterness. Quite balanced. Rather enjoyable actually. A bit too fizzy though.
tomciccateri (979) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draught at Glen - Jerusalem. Pours an opaque black k with fading tan head. Mellow oak aroma and flavor contribution. Full body. Creamy mouth feel. Even dry/sweet flavor balance. Rich dark malt flavors. Nice.
gunnar (4743) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my European Secret Santa 2013. Pours dark brown with a huge frothy tanned head. Weak roasty aroma, some chocolate. Taste is light roast, some toffee and chocolate, red ripe fruits, high carbonated, weak dry finish.
jtclockwork (6924) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Shay and Lorraine. Shared with Yanick. Pours dark brown with brown head. Nose and taste of toasted oak, black licorice candy, chocolate, vanilla and light clove. Medium body.
TBone (11747) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled 330ml@vWPBF. Dark brown color, small brownish head. Coffeish, a bit tobaccoish aroma. Medium-bodied. Coffee, harsh black malt flavor. Roasted finish. A bit lagerish?
BaalTeshuvaBro (1) - - NOV 19, 2013 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer! Woody taste, just the right amount of bitterness, complex flavors.