Lenusik (119) - Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I must have had a bad bottle because this Porter didn;t wow me like it wowed others. In fact, I thought it was average at best as far as beer goes, and below average for a porter. The pour is nice dark brown (I matched it against some coal I have and it certainly failed to be jet black) with a brown head. The aroma was weak chocolate, weak coffee, and noticeable alcohol (a no-no in a 7.5% beer). Flavour is all over the place, a little coffee, a little chocolate, a little licorice, and a little vanilla, but nothing stood out as being supreme.
PhillyCraft (2774) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Ancient review, had this backlogged gem with Annie and Dad in August of 2010. Poured pitch black with medium sized beige head. Aromas were caramel, smoke, brown sugar, dark chocolate, honey and creamy malt. Flavor was most of the same with dark fruit and chocolate roast coming out. Body was medium to full. One of the best.
Scopey (5307) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (which has crossed the Atlantic twice), shared @Bruces. It pours dark brown with a medium tan head. The nose is earth, roasted malt, caramel, toast, bubblegum, faint smoke and coffee. The taste is soft, roasty, smooth, ashy, salted caramel, toast, touch of oxidation, umami aspect, cocoa powder and earth with a dry, roasty finish. Medium-full body and fine carbonation. Smooth, well balanced and very drinkable indeed. Great stuff.
Humlenik (27) - DENMARK - APR 7, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: Caramel, chocolate, coffee, liquorice and roasty malt. Also some hops is hiding in there and is most easily recognized just after pouring.
Appearance: Dark brown/black color with a beautiful frothy, tanned head, which I’d wish lasted just a bit longer to enjoy :-)
Taste: medium to heavy sweetness, lightly bitter, and a little salty. I don’t think it’s going too sweet in spite of it’s weighty sweetness.
Palate: medium body, something in-between slick and thick. Average carbonation and a short bitter but long, salty and chocolate-like finish. Nice!
A delicate beer to enjoy on it’s own or with some dessert like chocolate or ice cream.
Vestergaard (164) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - APR 1, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black beer with a tan head and pretty thick lacing. Smells pretty fresh and bitter with coffee and hoppy bitterness. A hidden dark chocolate as well. Taste is great; Chocolaty malts, burned sugar, roasted coffee and again this bitterness from the hops.. I think i will pick one for aging, since the thickness in the palate would suit some aging pretty well. Good stuff!
jackl (3786) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Bruce’s. Cheers to Paul for bringing this along. The pour’s deep brown with no head whatsoever. The aroma’s of sweet raisin, some chocolate. Fruit & nut bar. Some spicy yule log, cocoa. Rich, rustic nose. The taste is very rich cocoa, umami and hints of marmite, roasted coffee. A bit of earthy bitter chocolate. Just a hint of oxidization. Medium body, supple and smooth. Overall, pretty damn excellent stuff.
RABinVA (1000) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Puddintane. Think it’s from 09/2007? Pours viscous black with no head. Light brown lacing. Small aroma of mostly just roasted malts, a little coffee and chocolate. Taste is somewhat oxidized dark roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate. Good amount of brown sugar. Probably better when fresh.
Leighton (9646) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - big thanks to Paul. Pours thick, black-brown with a dense, beige cream head. Some milk chocolate in the nose, hints of burnt wood and hard alcohol out. Medium to big sweet flavor, good and rich bitter earth, dark cocoa, strong roast, bittersweet cocoa. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Mellow warmth to finish, gritty chocolate, earth, bit of milk chocolate, light roast. Damn tasty.
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bouteille 500ml. De couleur noire et opaque. Nez de café, de malt rôti aux notes brûlées et de fumées, légèrement fruité (raisins vineux, notes de petits fruits), léger de chocolat noir avec des notes de houblon herbeux, de caramel et de réglisse noire. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen ainsi qu’une texture riche et moyennement crémeuse. Léger goût fruité (raisins vineux, léger de mûres, notes de cerises noires et de prunes) avec des notes de chocolat au lait (faibles notes lactiques) ainsi que des notes de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût de malt rôti et de chocolat noir avec des petites notes de caramel toffee puis progressivement un goût de café espresso se rajoute avec une légère amertume de houblon herbeux. Post-goût long et aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de rôti, de café, léger de chocolat noir et de houblon herbeux avec des notes fruitées.
MotherBrother (643) - Aalborg, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Booom, proooff, baaang. A bomb of flavour just exploded in my mouth. Pour nearly pitch black, with a small tan head.
Aroma of licorice, oatmeal, roasted malts, plenty of dark - and milkey chocolate, slight coffee, slight dirt n’ leather.
The taste is somewhat salty(?) upfront, with a nice dose of bitterness at the end. Medium body, with a semi-flat carbonation. Quite complex, and really enjoyable.