bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAR 3, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
(Bottle) Pours a black body with a small dark brown head. Aroma of toasted marshmallow, chocolate, and vanilla beans. Flavor of roasted malt, coffee, vinous, and chocolate with a rich dessert-like experience. Lots of sticky sludge in the bottom of the bottle/glass. A marvelous beer!
Leighton (11824) - 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.
Rasmus40 (11729) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned version. Black with a big brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and light smoky. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and bitter finish. Excellent porter. 190909
argo0 (11635) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(50cl bottle, thanks Jens) Brown head atop a black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, coffee, roast, light earthy. Taste is medium sweet, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa. Slight medicinal quality in the chocolate bitterness. Medium body.
brokensail (11529) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: The pour is nearly black with an initially fluffy tan head which dies down to a nice layer on top of the beer.
S: The nose has some excellent roasted malt and coffee aromas which go along nicely with some molasses, dark chocolate, and perhaps even a touch of dark fruit.
T: The flavor offers up a nice contrast of mildly sweet and bitter chocolate along with coffee, roasted malt, and then some more roast for good measure.
M: The body is medium to full with a fairly low level of carbonation and a bitterness on the finish.
D: An excellent porter and very representative of its style. I’m glad to have tried this one and would definitely do so again.
bhensonb (11490) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 18, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cL bottle (conditioned). Deeply dark chocolate aroma. Opaque brown/black color with a decent head that is nearly brown! Full bodied. Decent carbonation, light, almost creamy. Starts with toasted malt bitter accompanied by chocolate. There is a strong burnt character that follows. The finish is quite dry, and more unsweet toasted malt than bitter, but there is a coffee bitter presence, and suggestions of smoke. Really very good.
rlgk (11429) - Göteborg, 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.
chrisv10 (11372) - DENMARK - MAY 31, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted both the 33cl can and the 50cl bottle version. Bottle version is superior. Great beer.
Christian (11274) - Odense, DENMARK - MAR 16, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2008 Canned version 2008-
Black with a beautiful and lasting pillow of light brown head. Roast malt dominates the aroma with some chocolate and the faintest hint of metal. Tasted next to a 2007, bottled porter, the flavour lacks quite a bit of the character it used to have. Thinner, more straightforward roast flavour, dry and without the fruitiness that used to make it such a perfect beer.
Original rating, way back: Rich roast malt aroma, with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. Perfectly balanced flavour, dry with some (dark, dried) fruity sweetness and lots of bitter, roast notes. Full bodied and despite the intensity, very easy to drink.
thewolf (11234) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Very dark brown colour with good head. Aroma is mostly burnt with coffee and fruity tones. The taste starts quite vinious then sweet and gets bitter-burnt at the end.