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 Iíve 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 Iíve 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 doesnít match the excellence of the flavour. Best porter Iíve tried, absolutely gorgeous.
Grumbo (1518) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Cricketers (JDW), Ipswich. Pours very dark brown with a maroon tint and a lasting off white head. Aroma of black current, spice, and chocolate. Medium sweetness, light bitterness, touch of sour. Full bodied, slick texture, average carbonation. Finish is dry and slightly sharp. Not convinced it was served at its absolute prime, but still very drinkable.
theprof (530) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From barrel at Sir John Gervase Warren Robin Hood beer festival. Aroma malty, herbal, with caramel notes. Pours dark brown lace top. The taste bespeaks the Growler origin and the coriander lengthens and complicates the finish with spice.
gegwilson (3284) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gravity at Newtfest 2016. Mahogany with a rim of cream suds. Fruity aroma with black fruits and herbs. The taste is liquorice, aniseed, dandilion and burdock. Herbal. A little spicy. Interesting and good.
BeardedAvenger (260) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Mailorder from Beerhawk. 10/06/16. Deep and dark but let down by the lack of any head. The coriander comes through in the sweet aroma - reminds me of something else but annoyingly I cannot think what, some sort of fruit drink/mulled wine perhaps.. A sweet beer with a bitter kick. Unoffensive palate. A nice beer. Not sure whether Iíd want to drink multiple pints.
The_Osprey (6630) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask HP at Crosse Keys, London. Very dark brown with a red hue, still, almost opaque, foamy brown head endures. Aroma has lots of coriander seed powder, cucumber and apple smoothie, orange peel. Nice up front but a bit too much over time. Body is a little frothy, a bit more tingle than most cask. Taste has more coriander which imparts a fruit smoothie vibe, a little floral, spicy, orange peel, green raisin, a little clove. Obviously all these flavours are coming from the coriander, which definitely adds a continental swagger to the base beer. The flavour balance is well judged. Good.
teorn88 (6742) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 22, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at JDW WIQ, London. It pours a clean brown color with small tan head. Aroma is sweet and lightly spicy roasty with notes of caramel and juniper. Taste is also mostly sweet with some more caramel juniper and coffee notes. Light bodied with soft carbonation. Overall, interesting.
jfb (5578) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 26, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(cask) hazy deep ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of heavy sugar icing and butter, with a light hint of vanilla, some grass and a touch of walnuts. flavour is mostly butter and toasted malts, with a touch of herbal hops, some yeast and a light-bitter yeasty finish. medium-bodied with soft carbonation.
cjennings1987 (47) - harwich, Essex, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice strong tasting beer. Perfect dark appearance. Classic porter taste if a little bitter aftertaste
mike_77 (5570) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black. Creamy head. The flavour of coriander is very prominent in the beginning. Qualitively good but feels out of balance and wrong.
undercurrent25 (1955) - Barnton, Cheshire, ENGLAND - FEB 22, 2015
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark colour. Overall the beer is well balanced and quite drinkable, not bad