Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - AUG 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Porterhouse, Black coloured beer with an average creamy off-white head and a sweeter special, light smokey roasted aroma. Full smokey creamy palate. Finish is roasted, again little smokey with a longer bitter malty strong ending. Very nice stout.
larsniclas (6622) - Billdal, SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at Porterhouse Central; dublin.
Dark brown with a small, beige head.
Fruity, citric aroma with some chocolate-toffee.
Roasted flavour with a lot of dry cocoa-bitterness.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 27, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark with a deep beige head. Aroma is roasted malts, vanilla, lactose, molasses, chocolate and alcohol. Medium bodied and well carbonated, but still goes down easy. Flavor is roasted, chocolate, malty, vanilla, and some earth. Easy drinking, damn tasty stout. Nothing overpowers here, just a solid combination that makes me think I need a few more bottles.
robforbes (2168) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - JUL 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours a thick black (opaque) with a large brown bubbly head.
smell is cocoa, touch of coffee, licorice, slight vanilla, a whiff of smoke.
taste is thick creamy, dark and bakers chocolate, touch of espresso, end is dry and slightly bitter, a woody aftertaste.
TimE (4886) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black color with a dark brown head. The nose is very unique with strong salty black licquorice, dark chocolate, treacles, and tobacco notes. Did I mention how salty this is? Very dry and intense mouth with salty black licquorice, dark chocolate and dark fruit. Sightly warming. Med body. Saltiness just lingers in the mouth. Truely an amazing stout that is not getting its props.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is dusty, detergenty with some dark fruit and dark roasted malt. The body is black with a crazy lasting, thick mocha head. The first sip is sweet chocolate, fruity, malty and it has a very creamy feel. Lingering ashy, sweet fruit flavor with a bit of astringency.
cellar (508) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUL 12, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
@ Porterhouse, Dublin: Black, long lasting cafe au lait head, notes of coffee, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt,mainly bitter and dry finish.
mjs (6341) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 8, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Draught at Porterhouse on 2008-07-01) Almost black. Medium-sized dense tan head. Almost burned aroma in nose. Full and dry palate. Hops, roasted malts and lots of bitterness in taste. Sligtly boring. Ok aftertaste.
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Tom/After4ever. It’s a black beer with a huge, nice, creamy and nougat colored head. The aroma is mild and has notes of roasted malt, coffee and licorice. The flavour has a light sweetness, notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, roasted malt and it’s smooth with a nice body. It’s really not very complex, but it’s uncomplicated and very harmonic and constantly invites to another sip, then another etc. I like it a lot!
McCracken (14) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured impenetratably jet black with a light brown, long-lasting, tight head. The aroma surprised me a bit as I got more hop aroma than roasted barley. Still though, the roasted factor was nicely presented around a very complex chocolate, brown sugar and balanced EKG herbal note. The flavor was great as well though more molasses-like than in the aroma with a great dry, roasty and lightly grainy/astringent lingering finish. Very creamy in the middle and nice and dry in the finish. Good use of flaked barley. This is a really nice beer that actually hides it’s 7% alcohol pretty well. I could drink a lot of these and nothing else over a night, and be very, very happy.