IslandHaole (1086) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - SEP 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to omhper for this long distance trade! Liquified tar black with hints of dark brown at the edges in strong light. The head is a light brown small ring along the edge of the glass. Yesterdays coffee grounds with bourbon filled chocolates, a few drops of liquid smoke, some woody and earthy notes as well. Not as full bodied as I expected it to be by the scent, In fact, seems a bit watery. There’s lots of chocolate and coffee here but it also has a bit of that tangy "You waited too long to drink me" taste that several of my Japanese micros had. Either that or this is what it is supposed to taste like. Certainly need a re-rate with a fresh bottle.
Maria (9905) - Thisted, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2007
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage 2005, bottle number 76 and I had it at our pubcrawl in Göteborg in Delirium Cafe in July 07. It come with no label except from a tar impregnated and smelling piece of rope - a very nice detail! It’s pitch black with a creamy head. The aroma has loads of roasted malt and chocolate, but also coffee and wood. The mouthfeel is oily and the flavour is full and harmonic. It has loads of chocolate, coffee and licorice, hints of tar and oak. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is just right. A great one indeed! 2398
kramer (4349) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle, via anders37, 2005 vintage, bottle #443. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, body under a very fine bubbled one finger brown head that gained density as it faded, finally ending as a thin ring and a small island. A very slight amount of fine sediment remained in bottle. The aroma is quite complex and varied. Huge bitter chocolate, smoke, light soy, a touch of alcohol, light oak, some chalk, and an almost bourbon like note. The flavor is just as multifaceted. Chocolate, roast, and smoke lead off. Lighter notes of soy, licorice, and a chalky burnt malt note. Finishes slightly sweet with a long lingering chalky note and some roasted peanuts. The mouthfeel is very pleasant, medium bodied with an extremely fine and soft perfect carbonation level. The texture is very soft and velvety with just a slight cloying feel on the finish. This was a really anticipated beer for me, and it didn’t let me down. The woodiness was very subtle and the pervasive smoky and very light soy throughout was very pleasant. A unique and stand-out Porter. I could see where some might call this a bit thin, but I think that it was more than adequate for a Porter. A top 5 Porter for me.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(on bottle 2005 edit.) I´m sad tosay this, but I do think that this beer has seen it´s better days. Then again, I had expected alot from it, and for a 6% eer to last this long and get 3.7 is quite good and OK. Black and beige head. Woodand tar for the best part; oss fungyness and old cabin forthe worst. Smooth feel, yet watery(good , it´s a porter) Chocolates, liqourice nd elderberries; still I would get those 2005 bottles opend right away(call me before and I´ll help you out).
fonefan (31767) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (2005) @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Black color with a average fair lacing brown head. Aroma is heavy malty, roasted, burnt, licorice, notes of smoke. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, in a very good balance. Full body.
Grovlam (4149) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 2005 vintage tasting @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Copenhagen. Head was spare and light brown and mostly dimishing. Lacing was spare. Color was black. Aroam was quit complex with notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted, wood, smoke, licorice. Full bodied with a creamy texture and a flat carbonation. Flavor was moderated sweet with light bitter notes. Finish was balanced bitter-sweet and average lasting.
Mette (224) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Denne flaske er fra 2005 og det er sort og har intet skum.
en har en mærkelig duft af pære, bitter choko og noget ristet og kaffe. Det samme gælder smagen, dog uden det pæreværk. Er fyldig og sådan set udemærket med en god fylde.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of Marsiblursi. 2004 vintage. Bottle # 192. It pours black right off and settles a touch darker. The head is at first very bubbly, but settles into a creamy, but very thin, mocha color. The aroma is reminiscent of chocolate and coffee liqueurs. There are also liquor spiked fudge brownie notes. It somehow manages to smell moister than even a liquid should.
Lots of strong bitter coffee in the fore. It isn’t so much thin as it has a very watery taste through the middle. Some milk and black chocolate also make a play and the finish is somewhat burnt/coffee bitter with a faint touch of booxiness. Curious for a 6% abv beer.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
A huge thanks to sk8viking for bottle number 172.
This pours jet black with a thin white head. What immediately hits you is the very strong coffee aroma.
The body of the beer is surprising light. This beer is very drinkable.
The only thing I really didn’t like was a slightly lactic aftertaste.
Finn (3089) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 6, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On bottle 0,5l at Glenfiddich Warehouse No 68 Stockholm 30 Nov 2006. Bottle no 90. Shared with omhper and Rune. Completely black. A shortlived brown head. Strong aroma of coffee. Very discrete flavours with all the ingrediences you expect from a porter. A lasting aftertaste with hints of coffee. Well rounded. Very good!