Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle (as a Bday present from FatPhil & Anna, thanks). Deep brown, almost black color. Tiny brown head surrounds the glass. Malty, roast, licorice, hops, grassy, floral aroma. Deep deep roast, malty, grainy, slightly sweet, grassy hops in flavor. Alcohol in aftertaste. But still wonderful beer. Thank you!
mikkopen (953) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle. Black, with a tiny beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate and rye bread. The flavour is roasted malty, dryish, slightly acidic, with chocolate, coffee and rye. Nicely roasted finish. Very tasty.
Turboninja (271) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 1, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Talking about porters, this is almost like a stout. So smooth palate and taste, almost creamy. But aroma and taste itself is very textbook like, although almost too smooth to be a porter. Still, there are those roasted flavors. Licorice, malts. Wide taste spectrum and sufficiently masked taste of alcohol. Sufficient carbonation. Despite of a lack of some edge (as a porter), this surely is the best of it’s kind this far.
rubbishystuff (2109) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2015 No head and all almost. Coffee and some roasted flavor, a little tiny bit of sourness. Smooth as silk very easy to drink for the strength and bigness. Good. Serving:Bottle
Vogod (23) - FINLAND - JAN 19, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with small tan head. Chocolate, rye bread, coffee in aroma. Full, oily mouthfeel with hardness from rye. Bitter coffeelike taste with lot of dark chocolate. Lingers long and well. Excellent.
Marstonlad (620) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 18, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2015 Bottle from Alko, Helsinki. Pours black with a small but thick head that disappears almost completely. Aroma displays strong roasty maltiness with dark chocolate, coffee and bread with a hint of piny hoppiness - very rich. Taste is light sweet and roasty at first, later moderately dry and bitter. Flavours of espresso, chocolate, rye bread; in the finish resin and pine. Velvety, creamy texture and a nice, full body; soft carbonation. Classy beer, very well balanced. Intense but not harsh, maltier and not quite as hoppy as Nognes Imperial Stout. Brilliant.
LoFi (1700) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black, brown head, lacing.
Aroma: fruity, licorice, rye.
Taste: roasted, cocoa, licorice, light spices, rubber, coffee, dark fruit, candy.
Medium bodied, smooth.
Nice, will get this again, depending on how limited it is.
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle @ Grunerløkka Brygghus,Oslo
Dark brown to black in color.
Aroma is coffee,chocolate and dark fruits. Medium sweetness
A slightly bitter finish.Hidden alcohol
biggirlpanties (194) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Present from GT2. Pour is black with large tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is baking chocolate, fresh roasted coffee and Biscoff cookies. Yum! Taste is similar with the acidic coffee balanced out by a creamy softness. Silky mouthfeel and very balanced palate. Not too bitter, and definitely not to sweet. Quite dry. The rye really rounded this out quite nicely.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
500mL from Bine&Vine. Pours clear, deep ruby. Massive, dense, mocha foam. Huge retention and complete webby lacing. Nose is Khalua, Baileys, waxy dark chocolate. Moves to cured black olive and animal. Taste is very dry, coffee acid, lemon, waxy dark chocolate. Dry, acidic coffee finish. Palate feels silky but still very dry and roasty. The longer I sit with this the better it gets. Not as olive brine heavy and harsh as Nogne O stouts and not sweet and decadent like Terrapin stouts. This is a great balance, no residual sugar, no off flavors. Very dense, melted chocolate bar palate. I guess one of those that is greater than the sum of its parts. Fiancé rating: 4.2