Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Bottle: Regular. Cask: Occasional (originally a Wetherspoons special - May 2006).
This is a smoked Celtic porter, with an initial sweet flavour leading to a full-bodied silky-smooth liquorice on the palate and a bitter hop finish.
Hops used: Cascade, Willamette, Styrian Goldings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy of PilsnerPeter. Dark brown beer with a thin light tan head. A touch of soft caramel and light maris otter malts. A touch of herbal spiciness and a bit of cherry esters and orange marmalade flavour. Lightly berryish with a touch of toast over the top. I didn’t get much smokiness from this one either, but it’s a pretty nice brew. Light earthy dustiness on the back. As it warms I get a touch of light cocoa and soft raisin/date. Sort of a porter/bitter hybrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3031) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks oh6gdx!) Pours a very deep brown with a touch of ruby in the light toped by a creamy tan head. Fairly estery nose- some raisin notes, mild chocolate cream, soft malts- very British feeling. Light on the palate. Softly malty with mild dark fruit notes- a touch of raisin and a papery/oxidized note (although it’s very subtle) Mild roast with residual fruitiness in the finish. No real smoke is detectable at all, but a decent British-style Porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. Black, firm mocha head. Very nice smoky nose, smooth chocolate, coffee, tar and wood. Smoothly tarry flavor with salty liquorice, dry roasty and coffeeish finish. Chocolate comes up front when warm. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. A great porter, immense character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tlind2 (1375) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2008
500 ml bottle. Black color, frothy tan head. Chocolaty aroma with a whiff of smoke and just a bit of banana. Dark malty flavor with plenty of smoke, especially in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not half bad -- the smoke isn’t as predominant as in Schlenkerla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1121) - FINLAND - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, smoke, sweet, hops and coffee. Bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cgarvieuk (18514) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at cropredy 2007. Thanks to Fin for this (one of many we swapped there) ... deep brown/black ... rich fruity smokey malt ... sweet cherry ... rich malts ... little honey ... fruity sweetness but a bit fizzy.3.7

TK2 Cask at Manchester Winter ale festial 08 ... deep black ... woody roast malts ... sweet blackcurrent amnd cherry ... little toffee ... little drying (3.4)

Tk3 ... BAH humbug a rebadge this time as Coal Fire Porter ... Still its a solid beer... Deep black ... light off white head ... wonderfully complex toffee malts light roast ... some smooth coffee in there ... and something else i cant identify but is realy rich and tasty ... 4.2

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KimJohansen (10404) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and coffee notes. Flavour likewise with hints of smoke. Ends sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HenrikSoegaard (12047) - Randers, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2008
Cask at EBF. Frothy lightbrown fair mostly deminishing head. Black colour. Moderate roasted aroma. Moderate bitter very roasted flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
JorisPPattyn (8795) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2008 Cask Small, yellow rim left, deep brown beer. Wood, liquorice, carbon, but little smokiness. Smokiness appears in the flavour, sulphury, as from stricken match, but still very discreet. Wood and carbon, still discreet. At least get the "smokiness" right in order to beef it up.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - SEP 18, 2008
Cask at EBF 2008. Dark brown colour with a small head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, smoked and coffee.

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