bridge (659) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Suprisingly prominent alcohol, but generally a wonderful aroma of dark roasted malts and chocolate liqueur. Smooth flavour with dry roasted bitterness. Quite full bodied, and it seems to carry more depth than you’d expect for "only" 7.5% abv.
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another great beer courtesy of Papsoe. Luckily I found a rare special beer to complete the package I am sending him tomorrow. Golden chocolate mousse head more than fills the glass over top of a black beer. Strong roast coffee aroma. Big roasted grain flavour defines the work "roasted"! Coffee and mild chocolate notes. Long finish makes it feel like the beer is still in your mouth long after it is gone.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My first beer from my first international trade. Thanks Papsoe! Pours jet black, with no hint of light or color showing even when a thin layer is held up to the light. Nice tan head. Fruity aroma with malty goodness and floral hops showing through; could definitely pick up on the caramel, not so sure about the chocolate. In the mouth it’s moderately creamy, with high carbonation. The flavor is an extension of the aroma, with the addition of moderate smoky bitterness upon swallowing. Definitely something I could get used to drinking, though not being a huge smoky/bitter fan, I could do with less of that.
jonas (6406) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - FEB 28, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark matter in a bottle, creamy brown head. Substantial dark roasted coffe aroma, some sourness, figs, raisins. Smooth milk chocolate flavoring, coffee bitterness, whisky, nutmeg and dark chocolate far into the aftertaste. Silky mouthfeel, bitter dryness, some sparkles. Wonderfull brew - thanks to sk8viking for carrying it down here :-)
fiulijn (17487) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013
2013-01-30, bottle courtesy of humlelala, 7.5% ABV, bb 25.04.2013, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color with generous compact head. Intense aroma, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, leather, Shitake mushrooms, some cellar mold. The mouthfeel is very smooth in the front, drier in the end; good flavor of roasted malts, without being too ashy, with correct bitterness; it also has some dark chocolate.
2007-05-11, bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Black color; thin head. Some aroma of roasted malt, liquorice. Good body structure, powerful mix of malt, caramel, roasted malt and liquorice.
2006-02-19, bottle, 7.5% ABV, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Pours oily, it has a black heart colour with a huge brown head.
The aroma has a strong bread touch in the beginning; then it develops itself into some roasted malt, hops, milk. It’s a 9.5, a symphony!
The mouthfeel is round, full, with a silky power of roasted malt, a touch of liquorice, the right balance between sweetness and bitterness. Everything is perfectly blended together.
It has a powerful and long finish, dominated by the burnt sugar, roasted malts and coffee.
I’m drinking it in the Courage Imperial Russian Stout original glass, and it’s perfect, it’s a real Imperial Russian Stout! Marvelous!
Dedollewaitor (15096) - Odense, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2006 Simply one of the best porters/stouts I have ever tasted. Black with brown head. Chocolate charamel and fruity. The fruityness is a bit like in Ellezelouise Hercule. Full and long finish. Bravo!
pivo (2647) - GERMANY - FEB 12, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet nose, woody. Black color with a big spongy tan head. Chocolate malt flavors, roasted notes and a touch of tobacco. Bitter like bitter chocolate. Very dry with a lingering charcoal roastedness at the end. Silky texture, medium body. Fairly aggressive for a porter but it’s not a stout. Lots of character, well-balance and just well done. Really really enjoyable.
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle)IAt last I get around to taste the hype; and it´s well earned. A grand brew, pitchblack and a sort-of lasting head, dark beige. has a great and not too roasted nose of Coffee, tar, toffee, molasses and a spicy hint; staranis, nutmeg? The mouthfeel is great, well balanced carbonation, smooth in the very meaning. Taste is hard roasted, yet nutty and creamy too. Finnish is also very nice, intense, but not too much. A gem of a beer.
YogiBeera (2554) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to Jacob and Dixen for this treasure - you guys rock! Well - a darn fine brew. Pours a beautiful opaque black color with a beautiful hazelnutbrown big rocky head on top. Very pleasant intense toasted malt, espresso and chocolate nose. Delicious silky mouthfeel. Charcoal, tart, raosted malt in the taste. Nutmeg and bitter chocolate in the finish. Lasts forever! Very nice brew!
highlandlad (1453) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Many thanks to Duff for giving the Sydney lads a chance to sample the latest rocket to burn up the RateBeer Top 50. It was a highlight among a raft of fine brews gathered to celebrate the return of the prodigal son to the Sunburnt Country. Conditions were not ideal for a wintry Scandinavian porter - a humid Sunday afternoon in Sydney with the mercury brushing 30C - but this beer would stand out in any conditions. It looked faultless: jet black with a fat, enduring head that laced magnificently. The roasty aroma showed cocoa powder, charcoal and also a faint detracting chemical taint that reminded me of bath grout. Wonderful creamy smooth mouthfeel, closer to an imperial stout than a porter (Baltics excepted). Intense espresso flavours, with a bit of barnyard and a hop kick as big as Texas in the finish. Very lactic and much more bitter than the average porter. I can see why this is rating so well on the site. (Bottle, Duff homecoming gathering)