Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a small beige head. Light roasted malty, chocolate, coffee aroma and taste, sweet. Medium to full body with a dry finish.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle 65 cl) Label simply reads "Portsmouth Porter" but this is supposedly it. Pours a beautiful, clear, reddish mahogany. Aroma of sweet, roasted malt with a burned edge. Full-bodied and rather sweet with lots of roasted malt and some ashy touches. Loads of coffee notes here. Some bitterness from the malts. 130806
joergen (23370) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear red brown coloured with an off white head.
Roasted aroma of chocolate and coffee.
Roasted flavour of chocolate and coffee.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Beige head. Dark ruby color. Strong chocolate and mocha aroma. Very malty, dry, little thin, roasty.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Brewpub. Good nose, roasty, caramelly. Litlle egg, peat. Brownish black color, nice head, faded to a ring, good lacing.Bitter flavor, roasty. Like aroma, with little chocolate, in a 3 musketeers kinda way, little viney. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, bitter roasty finish. Nice. Dig the Baltic Porter.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught snifter at the brewery on 4/14/06. Pours a dark black color with a tan slowly receeding head. Head leaves a small film cover over the beer. Nose is light vanilla, toffee, some dark malts but nothing truely stands out. Nice, thick body with a light bitterness in the finish. Flavors of lactose and dark and milk chocolate. Flavors, like the aroma are very mellow with mere hints here and there. Though it is very mellow for the style it is very easy to drink and not bad as an overall dark drinking beer.
ClarkVV (4164) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught snifter at the brewery on 4/14/06
Deep coal black-brown, transluscent on the edges, upon settling, with bright ruby-orange tints on the edges when held to the light. Initially large, tan-flecked-grey head is slow to recede to cover, with minimal lacing.
The nose is rather muted, dulled by too much dark malt perhaps? and should be much more expressive out of an over-sized snifter. Even upon warming, the most I can get is some unmalted barley graininess, bits of toffee and vanilla and hints of light ashen/coal-like smokiness. Hops are green and lightly bitter, with floral notes brushing the sides of the nose as some light chocolate makes an appearance, however short-lived.
The flavor is quite true to style, however, with lactic acid quickly coming to the front as dark chocolate continues to dry the palate out. Some sweet milk-chocolate like notes and toffee begin to sooth away the lactic dryness, and things seem to come together. Chalky, borderline oily texture has shows light creaminess due to low, fairly engaging carbonation. Vanilla and bitter black malts dance about on the finish, never committing the beer to being overly dry or overly sweet. So in a way, it’s quite balanced, but the flavors are just so subtle and rather dull. Extended warming and swirling brings out some lightly crunchy coffee notes, hints of graham cracker and even some light dough. Touch of alcohol warming towards the end adds some vigor to it, but it’s surprisingly a very mellow example.