Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 8, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours viscous and nearly black, forming a thin dark brown head. The aroma is rich, chocolatey, even a bit meaty/smokey. There is buried in the background a great fresh grain aroma that reminds me of chewing on chocolate malts. Intense flavour starts with a burnt fruitcake note like you’d find in an imperial stout. This is tempered by a chocolate syrup sweetness. There is a bracing hop bitterness underlying. Finishes fairly roasty. It’s not terribly complex, nor anything even close to a porter, but pulls off a very aggressive concept quite well, which is no small feat. It actually reminds me of thicker St-Ambroise Noire, only thicker.
Gorbalev (2895) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
MDS’s bottle, acquired from the brewery on the day it was bottled two weeks ago, shared with the regular fine folks on Canada Day ’06. Wow, huge thanks to Mike for this one. Pitch black, big chocolaty head, looks like silk. Mild aroma - lots of chocolate, wood, roast, but subdued. Wow, eye popping roast on initial taste - soooo roasty. Also very bitter, perhaps as a result of all this roast, if that makes sense? Mouthfeel is extremely sticky. Thick. Bitter. Lovely stuff, I really didn’t know much about this beer going in, but after, I can totally see why it is rated so high, as I certainly have it up there.
GregClow (2819) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared with the usual suspects - courtesy of mds. Brought to us just a couple of weeks after it was aquired directly from the brewery on the day it was bottled - can’t get much better than that. Jet black colour with a good sized tan head. Aroma is mellow but complex as all hell - roasty, woody, coffee & chocolate, a bit sour, and even a hint of wet dog(!). Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is just as complex as the aroma - dark roasted malt, coffee, burnt sugar, cocoa, leading into a wonderfully long, dry, woody finish. Spectacular and well-deserving its Top 50 status - thanks SO much for sharing, Mike!
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle (500ml). Shared with GregClow, tupalev, DougShoemaker, mds, Radek and others - mds’s bottle. mds is the sheehit for bringing this bad boy back from Denmark (acquired it from the hand of the brewer no less) and sharing ... I will release my hostage now *g*. Poured viscous impenetrable black with a small dark brown head. Love that aroma - borderline 10 - incredibly roasty - nuts, double espresso, bitter chocolate, I also got dusty/grassy hops, cream, charred oak - needless to say, complex. Taste - ah, all that - this is tons of malt and bitterness, a long bitter chewy malty finish; dark’s the word all-round. Thick body, just a joy to drink, I nursed my sample as long as I could - a table of very happy beer geeks I’ll tell you - I can see why this is in the upper half of the top 50 - if anything, it’s underrated.
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a brown head. Chocolate aroma with smoky notes, quite malty and salty. Falovr from coffee and cocoa. Quite bitter but still with some malts showing.
3fourths (7801) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 12, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2008 Draft pour (growler)
Consumed at the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation, Opstal, May 2006
Thanks to some unknown Danish RB folks who brought it down to the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. Subsequent bottles have proved to be equally as good. Nose is oily, smoky malt scents. Flavor is smoky, creamy but rough, with cream, amaretto and chocolate. Some creamy alcohol, cherry and bourbon scents. Sweaty scented at times, but not in a bad way. Palate is creamy up front, slick, then the more rough hops come through. Robust and creamy, that’s how I would describe this porter. Very good.
Subsequent bottles have been just as good.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 8, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg @ Copenhagen Beer Festival 19 May 2006
Minimal head, powerful body. Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, licorice. Quite sweet.
henrikb (1257) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draught – Almost black body with beautiful brown edge, huuuuge brown head forever lasting, beautiful laces; Very big nose, lacks a bit depth: bitter English licorice, which almost becomes medical, but also lots of bitter chocolate, and dried fruit; Very soft creamy textured, with time in mouth some bitterness appears; Extending into nicely bitter, quite hoppy finish that lasts forever. The body has perfect balance, evolving perfectly with lots of late hop and fresh nuts. One of the best bodied beers I ever had.
mds (2167) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 31, 2006
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught. Deep black with a small mocha head. A whack full of bitter chocolate and coffee roastiness in the aroma...I found it to be a lot more full in the aroma than the coffee porter. Beautiful silky roastiness, toffee toast, bitter chocolate, coffee, and a hint of alcohol. Super smooth with a delicate balance and layers and waves of chocolate flavour. The bitterness also tends to stick around for a while.
Sampled at the Ølfabrikken Brewday on May 19, 2006.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to 2 Danes of whom I don’t even know their names I was able to taste this terrific Porter during the Weekend of Spontaneous Fermentation. Very strong chocolate, coffee and hops aroma. Black color, brown head, good lace. Very sweet, lots of chocolate and coffee, almost like a coffee liquor. Intense viscous and dens.