larsga (6929) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAR 24, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium creamy shiny offwhite everlasting head. Amber body with carbonation. Fruity banana malts aroma with strong citric hop notes. A bit stale. Sweet resiny earthy fruity wooden taste. Dry spicy honeyish aftertaste. Slightly artificial, but still nice. (0.2l draft at Porterhouse Temple Bar, Dublin.)
evilempire (140) - sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very easy to drink, too easy for a beer this strength. deep amber colour, plenty of hop to balance the alcohol content
jspruit (122) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this on tap at Porterhouse Temple Bar location-it was the strongest of their offering’s on tap.
Pours a nice copper with some red amberness that can be seen when held up to the light a bit. White one-finger head that settles away after a bit with little lacing.
Smells a bit malty and caramely with some hints of hops too-not bad.
The sweet maltiness is the most dominating characteristic but the bitter dry hops provide a nice contrast. Not too complex of a beer, but I like it.
The dryness kicks in at the end and that for me is the last part that your mouth is left with-I don’t mind it though.
I do think that this is one of the best on-tap Irish beers that I have had here in Ireland, but I can’t drink too much of it though because of the 7% ABV. I’m glad that it’s so close as I’m going to be sure to have more of it.
jbean (110) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Porterhouse Temple Bar. I have to say that the atmosphere of the bar might have positively affected this rating. Deep copper brown w/ thin off-white head. Scent is very toasty and pleasant. Flavor is toasty, fruits, and slightly bitter finish. Very enjoyable beer.
FatPhil (11835) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - OCT 29, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2008 Draft (Porterhouse, Dublin)
Deep copper colour, thin tight head. Slightly sickly sour strong fruity/malty aroma. Slightly unsophisticated alcoholic taste.
Previously had far worse examples, only rating the best one.
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 4, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ Porterhouse, Covent Garden. Copper colour with small thin head. Aroma is hoppy with dark fruits, taste is of honey, fruits with bitter finish.
ChrisThomson (522) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dublin-07. Poursed a dark copper colour with very faint head. Nice hoppy aroma, and sweet caramel notes ending with some nice bitter hops. Good beer!
badgerben (4682) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark copper color with a thin head. Noble hop aroma. Strong taste of thick and powerful honey with lots of sweet malt and fresh grains. Slightly bitter finish. Very nice.
oh6gdx (23707) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught@Porterhouse London. Amber colour, mediumsized beige head, some lace. Aroma is caramel, kiwifruit and some other fruits including bigtime orange. Flavour is oranges, kiwifruit, wood and hops. Hides the alcohol well.
RoyceH (1197) - Hesperange, LUXEMBOURG - AUG 13, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, Porterhouse London. Copper, thin white head. Quite sweet nose, some sweet dark fruit to hide alcohol. Mouth is quite sweet, some fruit and a touch of dry hop. Spices. Leaves a slightly coating sweetness. Hides alcohol well.