Brewed by Okells
Style: Porter
Douglas, Isle of Man


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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Skinnyviking (7062) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle. High creamy and lasting light brown head. Very dark red brown body, almost black. Aroma of roasted barley malt, cream and coffee with a touch of choccolate. Flavor of coffee, smoked and roasted malt, choccolate. Fair amount of bitterness, long bitter aftertaste and a low carbonation. Well done for a beer with such a low alcohol percentage. Nice surprise. .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2009 Bottle. The Flying Barrel, Gothenburg. Black colour with a brownish head. Aroma: Roasted malt, licorice, light smokiness. Flavor: Roasted, coffee, dark chocolate, smokiness, licorice and hop bitterness. Light bodied. A nice and tasty low abv porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6737) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle. Dark walnut brown with golden highlights and a dense vanilla-tinted head. Very chocolatey aroma, some roast, and faint smoke. Chocolate, burnt malt, coffee, and a nice peaty smokiness woven through it all. Medium bodied. Satisfying bitter finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1755) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 22, 2010
Cask - West Gate Inn (JDW), Canterbury. A mostly black beer with a slight brown hued edging and a doming, two finger tan head. Aromas take some warming up, eventually lending themselves to good choc notes and roasted malt, liquorice tones. Flavours seem a bit muddled and overbearing. Strong roasted, coffee malts and a hoppy bitterness with a light sour liquorice quality. Creamy, soft mouthfeel, medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - MAR 7, 2010
Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, smoke, tobacco and liquorish. Flavour is roasted malt, robacco and liquorish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9492) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 22, 2010
from crackedkettle.com - black coloured with a little beige foam left; nice lacework; the aroma is dusty with strong notes of cocoa and dark chocolate, the whole thing being well integrated ina decent smokiness; the palate is sweet and tart showing a light sourness; medium to full malt backbone, fizzy and malty chocolatey finish with light smoking tones - pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1356) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - FEB 16, 2012
Tasted this at Henglers Circus, Glasgow (JDW) in February 2010. Cask, handpump dispense. Dull black in colour with a thick buff head. Smokey roast malt notes, long in intensity. Slick oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex gives roast grain in the mouth with moist treacle flan flavours laced with blueberry fruit. There is a slight hop presence in the short, earthy aftertaste. Malty finish is slightly dry with woodsmoke, coffee and plain chocolate flavours complex in the mouth. This is a cracking Celtic Black Ale in style, one to look out for.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tommann (2714) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2014
500ml bottle at 4.7%. Pours very dark brown with a small head. Aroma is peat, tcp and treacle. Taste is treacle to start with a meaty, peaty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3182) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 29, 2009
Cask EBF 2008. Dark brown color. Lightly smoked nose. Tobacco leaves and dark chocolate. Smoky, woody notes with dark chocolates and cherries. Lingering smokiness in the finish. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rmasa (324) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2010
Virtually black color, good-sized tan head; aroma roasted malt, sweet chocolate (dominating the aroma when the beer is cool, fading slowly away as it gets warmer), licorice, burned wood and peat; thin body, flat carbonation; roasted/burnt flavor with notes of wood, tobacco and salty licorice - not actually smoky, but more like burnt already; finish is slightly hoppy, dry and almost ashy. It´s nice to see this great porter at only 4.7 ABV, but then again I have to wonder how great would have it been with a percent or two more.

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