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Style: Porter
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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9077) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tombyars (1317) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (7523) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2009
bottle from TuckersMaltings. Deep black colour, mid-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, pleasantly malty and pleasant hoppy flavours with hints of coffee, cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, raisins and a touch of smoke. A delicious brew to say good-bye to 2008.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (2978) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (13391) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Thanks Madsnp. Pours black with a small creamy head nad lacings. Roast, vanilla and coffee. Smooth and ashy. Nice one.

3.6
   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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Psytron (1158) - Turku, FINLAND - OCT 14, 2011
Smell of fruits, rye bread, a bit of smoke and licorice. Dark brown colour with mid-brown, large head. Watery and smoky to start with, a bit tar and licorice to be found in the finish. Wateriness also diminishes, finish is much heavier. Lazy palate. Medium bitter, lightly sweet. Less smoky than the Bamberg beers.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
laiti (4957) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 3, 2012
50 cl bottle (4,7%) @ home, BBE 03/2012
Aroma is a bit strange with licorice, oat and some sweetish cocoa. Flavour has oat, licorice, some cocoa, dark chocolate, tar, peat and smoke. Slightly sour and somewhat leathery finish with some ash, hay and goldings hops. Good and rather rich stuff for a 4,7% ABV beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
olio (5303) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2013
50 cl bottle.
Originally rated on 20110323.
Pours dark brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of malts, faint smoke notes, chocolate, some ash and caramel. Flavor of caramel malts, chocolate and cocoa. Nice.


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