jfm (1725) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Handpumped@Ølbaren. Black color with a brown head. The taste is a strong dry and roasted body with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very nice and balanced notes of hops on the palate. Very nice beer
Plovmand (6025) - Helsinge, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tab at Ølbaren. Wow this one is fantastic. Deep brown almost black body with dark brown head. Aroma of dark chokolate, dark roasted malts and brown sugar.
Thick in mouth but in a lovely way. Almost cocoa like.
Tasting notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts and a little smoke.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled 12/15/2005 from a grolsch bottle that was filled from cask in Denmark end of November. Thanks to Secret Santa!
Dark clear brown body; reddish tint. No head, just some large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
Aroma has chocolate, light woody vanilla, blueberry, sweet tanniny earth. Some vinous roasted flowers too. I wasn’t too fond of the aroma at first, but it really grew on me and it became quite savoring as it warmed (note that it wasn’t overly chilled when I started).
Slight tanniny sour chocolate taste. Vanilla, light lactic acid, more chocolate and blueberry skins. Aged cheese burps.
Flat, but not a problem here. A little dry too. A bit tart, but not overly so.
Very good overall; its hard to tell what the 2-3 weeks of travel time did to it, but I’d say I got a good sample. Maybe some slight oxidation, but its still easy to pick out the delicious details. And it reallly opened up after a few minutes of concentration.
bager (2121) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - DEC 16, 2005
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 On tap. Haleluja! Thank you for this brilliant porter. Holy moly! I am lost for words. This must be on my top 5. Wow!
1FastSTi (3220) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to JCapriotti for sharing this! Thanks to his Secret Santa for ths hand bottled cask sample. The beer is a really coating beer. Has lots of legs. Thin head. Deep brown/black body. The aroma is largely espresso and desert with brown sugar. Has a light earthyness to it. The flavor is really good. This is what a porter should be. Robust malts that don’t remind me of stouts. It’s got that coffee and dry roasty espresso flavor. Sorta has a light raspberry and definitely has a graham cracker flavor. Mmmm... The palate is dry and creamy. A touch tart, but that is likely intentional. World class for porters.
MIBRomeo (2444) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
black pour small whispy brown head that almost stains the glass its so thick. Heavy aroma coffee roasted malts coffee cake light chocolate and some alcohol. Oily palate well coated and thick. Roasted malts and chocolate notes some light fruits strawberry, some definate coffee notes a nice tart finish. Very good porter.
Thanks to Jason for sharing this Gem via Secret Santa
DavidP (1745) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hand-bottled sample kindly shared by Jason and sent from a mystery Danish Secret Santa. Cloudy black body and no head, but I’m not going to knock it on that. Big aroma nonetheless - epsresso, alcohol, coffee cake. Big ass-kicking flavor! Tart, oily black malt throughout with sweet chocolate cake underneath. The finish exhibits some raspberry-tart hops, grahm craaker/chocolate cake sweetness and coffee beans. Not-thin mouthfeel that would have been helped by a bit of carbonation. This is the tartest porter I’ve ever tasted - very unique!
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 15, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at "Plan B", Copenhagen. Wow, this is a very impressive porter with loads of heavy flavours. Pitch, pitch black. Sweet roasted aroma with chocolate and coffee. Flavour is very rich too with hints of dark fruits and smoke. Balanced and dry bitter finish. Basically, this is an improved and fruitier version of the wonderful "Limfjordsporter" from Thisted.
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Very dark almost black, with a great creamy head. Amazing aroma of roastedness and hints of chocolate. Flavour of roastedness with a nice smooth taste.
Papsoe (25113) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 (On tap) Pitch black with a small, creamy, light brown head. Very roasted/burned aroma. Quite full-bodied, with notes of burned malt leaving a dry bitterness. Underlying sweetness, but rounded and very smooth. Very classical Porter of superior quality. 281005