garthicus (2905) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 10, 2007
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2008 Complete re-rate almost a year later: My bottle, bought by my Mother in Dublin and sent to me in Toronto. Appearance: Lovely deep black colour with a somewhat wispy caramel-pancake mix colour head. Aroma: Chocolate, hops, alcohol, peat/turf, some licorice and Christmas pudding attributes in the aroma also. Very comforting. Flavour: Wow - smokey, chocolate, turf, brandy-alcohol, some cream too, like a Baileys finish, very light on the palate for such a complex and alcohol strong beer. This truly is a one of a kind beer and is aging well (2 years, as this was a once off brew in 2006 to celebrate their 10th anniversary) very smooth, very very drinkable considering the strength. I think this deserves a special place in Irish brewing history. Incredible.
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2007
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a struck match black .-.
has some delicious and flavourful complexities , some magic for sure: too many to list! .-.
the head is quite low for an imp stout but lacing is decent .-.
the alcohol is absolutely masked! .-.
For a Imperial stout, this stuff is amazingly smooth and just way to easy to drink! .-.
one of the greatest pleasures was to drink this beer. Slainte Ireland!!!
--A BIG thank you goes out to Garthicus for helping me obtain a couple of bottles!! and thanks to my uncle for driving and getting it!! and thanks to my mum for bringing it all the way to america!!!--
haukur (1711) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - DEC 16, 2006
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
to be fair, I was expecting more aroma from this. Very faint and malty. Tiny head. Surprisingly yeasty on the palate, with a hardcore licorice and roast in the finish. Dry coffee roast, some hops, raisins and a small amount of dark chocolate. There is also some extra bite which I cant really make out. Aftertaste kickess ass and lasts forever. Incredibly roasted. Awesome Imperial stout considering the global position of the source. NICE!!  actually the aroma got so much better when it warmed up, very roasty and malty, yumm yumm
KnutAlbert (6675) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 13, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Bottled in Dublin. This must be the best beer in Ireland! A velvety stout where the warm afterglow shows the strength lurking under the smoothness. A beer to sip with a good book - in front of an open fire if you have one!
Rerate nov 06: Lots of liquorice, sweet but with some hoppy bitterness.
harrisoni (17149) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2011 Bottle Pigs Ear BF. Black colour with tan head. Intense choc/coffee aroma, but a broad level of aromas, not tight. Beautiful condition and intense lovely choc/coffee. Stunning. Great beer. I like most of the Porterhouse beers and this is another good one.
fonefan (43533) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle @ Porterhouse, WC2, London. Dark red black color with a good light brown head. Aroma is licorice, alcohol and hoppy. Flavor is very nice balance between bitterness and sweetness. The best beer from Porterhouse !!
IrishBoy (4096) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 28, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500ml bottle from Garthicus, Thanks Al! Nose of coffee, licorice, chocolate, and a light hoppy note; Black as hell with a small tan head; flavor is coffee, chocolate, light hop bitterness, and a molasses note. Finish is chocolate and light hop bitterness. Compares well to a lot of America Impys but with more of an Irish Guinness-like molassesy note.
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle @ Porterhouse, Dublin. Deep deep mahogany color with small brown head. Aroma of sweet chocolate with some roast coffee and vinous undertones. Well hidden alcohol taste of coffee and chocolate with a well balanced bitterness. Much more balanced than Speedway stout. Full bodied but not treacley like Mephistophes or World wide stout. Overall an excellent well balanced stout.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 23, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with a nice tan head. Smells of chocolate, anise, some bitter sharp hops, nuts and hints of coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops, pepper, dark fruit, licorice and hints of sweet malt. As the beer warms, some alcohol and cognac notes creep in. Mouthfeel is velvety and thick and leaves a nice lingering peppery hint with some sweet caramel on the finish. Thanks to my Brother-in-Law for picking me up a bottle of this one. I can’t wait to sample the Wrasslers from this brewery which is coming soon courtesy of the MJ rare beer club.
MrGGen (331) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Versa rosso scuro con riflessi quasi tendenti al nero una buona schiuma marrone e leggera. Al naso è liquirizia, alcool e luppolo. Gusto equilibrato tra amarezza e dolcezza. Da riprovare ancora perchè lo merita!