garthicus (2662) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 27, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Beer Bistro. I could have SWORN I’ve rated this before. But anyhow... Appearance: pitch black with a generous off white head. Aroma: unexpectantly; quite a lot of yeast and grass at first, making way to spice, malt and iron. Flavour: quite mettalic at first but then some cream and spice shines through. Quite a weak body but it doesn’t detract. Not bad at all.
GRM (2966) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Échantillon, Mondial de la bière, 3 juin 2009; oeil : brune foncée, claire, pas d’effervescence, petit anneau de mousse fauve; nez : poussière, malt torréfié, cacao; bouche : poussière, malt torréfié, léger fruits confits, mélasse, finale sèche en malt torréfié, légère astringence, texture mousseuse, corps moyen, carbonatation moyenne, légère astringence
Sample, Mondial de la bière, savoured on June 3 2009; eye: dark brown, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head; nose: dust, roasted malt, cocoa; mouth: dust, roasted malt, light candied fruits, molasses, dry finale in roasted malt, light astringency, foamy texture, medium body, average carbonation, light astringency
RaphaelN (195) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Volo. Creamy mouthfeel with prominent of hits of chocolate, and espresso beans. A touch too bitter, but not overly so to ruin the brew. Roasted malt outlined the drink very well. Pretty decent brew.
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 15, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008-08-23. Black body, modest tan head. Modest roasty-cocoa malt in the aroma is a touch dry. (7+) Flavour is similar, dry pleasantly roasty malt, chocolate undertones. (7+) Average plus palate is lightly carbonated. (3+) Not much wine character that I picked up on. Simple, but this hit the right buttons today and I really enjoyed this. Quite drinkable, nice. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 On Tap as Pelee Island Big Dog Porter, Golden Tap Awards, Toronto
Earlier Rating: 12/21/2006 Total Score: 3.4
December 2007. Draft at Cest What. No notes. Found this one showed off the wine influence much more dramatically than previous samples. I still don’t love it, but this is more interesting than the past version in my opinion. 7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4
December 2006. Draft at Volo. Black body, with a small tan head Lightly woody, mild roast in aroma is initially muted by the chilly temperature but still struggles a bit to emerge after it warms. Chalky roast and cocoa notes up front, dilute malt and a light roasty bitterness in the finish. Dry not quite astringent roast bitterness increases as it warms, to its detriment for my tastes. Average palate. Interesting porter but doesn’t hit the right notes for me. 6/3/6/3/13
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught @ Volo. Opaque black, tan head. Some butter/diacetyl on top of a borboun, coffee, and caramel aroma base. Soft carbonation, not so prickly. Good roasty finish and acidic entry: not unlike a smooth espresso. Solid, good, sessionable but not transcendent.
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark brown. Slightly chewy, soft toffee aroma with light diacetyl. Heavy toasty palate. Light toffee and some late sweetness. Decent brew, not totally cohesive but fills the belly with goodness.
KyotoLefty (6318) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 27, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Volo, and again at the Toronto Beer Fest. This is a nice looking, nice bodied, complex and well-balanced porter. Lots of cacao and dark fruits, with a great balance between sweet / fruity and burnt / bitter. Very creamy to boot, and port-like, which I guess comes from the Beaujolais barrels. The wine flavor is definitely there, but subtle and unobtrusive. I really enjoyed this complex brew.
Lubiere (9877) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 30, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep dark porter with a thin moka head. Lactic porter with notes of olive brine. In mouth, a good bitter chocolate malt, with light vinous notes, not exactly what I expected but still good. Medium bodied. Tap at the Black Tomato, May 2007.
pootzboy (1587) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
March 2008 Release:
Darker, Maltier, with noticeably enhanced wine presence in the nose and flavor.
Many changes in this year’s release...
Dark cola ( lighter than last year) with a great whacking tan cap that lasts and laces the glass up (malt protiens have been increased)
Aroma...less astrigent than last year...deep cocoa tones over fresh baked bread and some piney notes from hopping.
Solid malt spine, richer creamy mouth feel, solid body roasty-cocoa-hoppy character in fine balance.
Up front a big chew on (it seems) German dark malts like rich liquid toasted rye bread...then nice balance from the hybrid hopping mingles with subtle fruit under tones the cocoa/coffe tastes...finishes mildly crisp, and lightly bitter with a bready after taste.
If I had to characterize the change this year I would say it is "drinkability" and an increased body...a very nice porter in the London style but malty...I’ll be buying enough to last out the winter.
------- 2005 release ( rated 3.4)... Chatted with the brewer over a couple of these and took a 6 home. He informed me that there is a detectable quality of Beaujolais wine in this brew
In my estimation the flavors mate and compliment.
Poured a dark mahogany that shows ruby highlights....wonderful close-pored 2 finger tan cap that lasts and laces the glass. Light carbonation.
Aromas are delicate but you get a nice potpourri of coffee-cocoa scents mingling with tart berry juice and some grassy hopping.
Mouthfeel is substantive... oily, slick. Up front you get the chewy roast malt and all the coffee-cocoa tastes then midway you start to detect berries ( currents) and the resinous hops. The finish is long and wet where the vinous qualities come forward...tart grape skins mingle with metallic hop bittering and the alcohol.
A very nice flavorvored porter in the old London pub style with a slight twist...nice effort by this brewer
MrManning (2003) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at The King Edward in Ilderton, ON.- Pours deep cola brown with just a touch of light seeping through. Beautiful mocha head sits and lasts. Aroma of sherry, dried fig, vanilla, cola, some cherry, wood and a touch of smoke. Pronounced vanilla and dark chocolate flavours, with touches of dried fruit and smokey vanilla coffee beans. Marked bitterness in the finish. Medium body. Well done overall.