Estarriol (5) - - AUG 11, 2007
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask, CAMRA Great British Beer Festival. Not quite like any other porter I’ve tried, if this is a 1750 recipe as advertised I see why it was so popular then. Attractive black body but no head to set that off. Aroma is licorice and malt, ginger and coriander, the best aroma I’ve sampled on any beer, absolutely gorgeous; I think the convex glass helped. Taste is as above, beautifully complex yet not too sharp, firm mouthfeel works for a porter but doesn’t match the excellence of the flavour. Best porter I’ve tried, absolutely gorgeous.
AshtonMcCobb (2045) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Barony.
Appearance - opaque black with a red chink around the edges.
Nose - prunes and alcohol with a chocolate backdrop.
Taste - black cherry and some tirimasu gojng on. Maybe Black Forest gateau is more appropriate.
Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy and I’d like to add silky texture. The finish is elegant though.
Overall - it was unusual to look at my friends rates and find several lines of notes by cgarvieuk. However Craig’s enthusiasm was well judged. What a lovely beer which has Old World elegance.
SarkyNorthener (1307) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask@the blackcountry arms, walsall. Reddish black beer with small head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and pepper. Taste is roasted malts, pepper, coriander, spices and a little licorice. A very nice porter.
rauchbier (3553) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
9ask, at Wetherspoons, Wembley. Red black, thin but lasting creamy white head and fine condition. Liquorice and burnt toffee in the nose with a slight spiciness. Quite soft in the mouth with a muted liquorice sweetness, a hint of pepper and a faint herbal burdock note, slightly earthy finish with liquorice giving a dry ligering finish
Theydon_Bois (6468) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Sussex Arms, Twickenham Green, 12/01/13.
Very dark mahogony brown with a thin off white/tan head that clears to the edge and leaves a film. Good lacing ensues.
Nose is dark malts, spice, molasses, leather, liqourice.
Taste comprises spice, dark malts, dark fruits, Xmas pudding, touch of mint, liqourice.
Medium bodied with soft carbonatin leading to a fruity dry finish.
VastActiv (2014) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Kitty’s, Helsinki. Colour is dark brown with some brownish head. Aromas and flavours are lemon, fruits, chocolate, sweetness, and some roasted malts. Interesting, very good beer.
madmitch76 (13039) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12th July 2012
Chelmsford Beer Festival. Clear dark brown beer, white head. Smooth palate, light and a little dry. A very light touch of dark malts. Mild candy fruit sweetness. A little citrus and tang. Hangs together quite well. Semi dry finish. All right.
Beer4000 (4263) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ The Walnut Tree, Leytonstone. Dark red, almost black body with a nice beige head. Mild roasted malt aroma with hint of fruit and caramel. Flavor is light roasted malt, light fruity and moderate bitterness with some caramel. Sorry to say that I didn’t really detect any coriander in aroma nor flavor, actually a shame because I like coriander and a coriander porter seems like a nice idea. Maybe an old cask, I probably never know the answer to that. Pretty nice and quite light version of a porter anyway.
JulienHuxley (2417) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - MAY 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Willow Walk. Dark pour with ruby tints, lasting off white foam and sticky lacing. Aroma is quite bizarre, vanilla, coriander, toast, quite lemony, almost like a citra porter. Taste is mild, slightly sweet, some roasted notes and lots of citrusy (lemon) flavors. Palate is silky, a little less carbed than the bitter and ridiculously easy to drink.
rlgk (9020) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JAN 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Bree Louise, London. Dark amber beer with a small beige head. Malty spicy aroma. Malty flavor, spicy, coriander, chocolate, some hops and licorice, fruity notes.
Aniela (2296) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at The Bree Louise Pub, Euston, London. Dark brown beer with a white head. Coriander aroma and flavour with some caramell and chocolate notes.