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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Once upon a time, on Friday, November 15th, 1901, an Edwardian brewer stepped into a London brewhouse and brewed a beer that confounds expectations many years later. An ale darker than most Porters that uses more hops than a modern IPA. Thanks once again to the talents of brewing historian, Ron Pattinson, we can reproduce this moment in time from the original brewday document. This ‘KK’ beer is brewed with several pale malts, brown malt, caramelized brewing sugars and two classic English hop varieties, Bramling Cross and Kent Goldings. O.G. 1.075, 7.8% ABV.

tiggmtl's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - MAY 8, 2013
Very strong, and invitingly sweet aroma undercut by roasted malts and complemented by fruity esters and lightly spicy hops. Darkest mahogany brown body is topped by a thick, fine-bubbled, frothy, brown head that lasts well and coats the sides of the glass. Flavour offers everything the aroma suggests: it is quite hoppy, fairly bitter yet also quite sweet and the roasted malts are plentiful. Full-bodied with soft bubbly effervescence that keeps it from feeling cloying or heavy. Quite a remarkable beer! Cellar temperature. Bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Grima (2229) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Pours dark muddy brown with a solid off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, herbal hop notes and some hazelnut. Taste of strong roasted malts, coffee and bitter herbal hops. Goes into a roasted coffee’ish finish with a slight herbal note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2566) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Moderate aromas of cereal and nutyy for the malt, herbs for the hops, dough and leather for the yeast, with wood and tobacco in the background. Head is small, frothy turning wispy tan with good lacing and good legs, and is mostly diminishing. Color is muddy very dark brown. Flavor starts lightly sweet and moderately acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily, with a lively carbonation and a tart finish. A rich Old Ale that tastes and smells like grandpa’s den (the one that smoked cigars)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11249) - Søborg, DENMARK - NOV 10, 2014
Bottled. Dark brown coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma. Chocolate, sweetness, roast, caramel. Flavour. Chocolate, caramel, herbs, roast, liqourice. Medium to full bodied. Ends roasted bitter and spiced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (6636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2014
Sample from Bottle - dark brown pour with beige head. Aroma and taste is roasted malty, choc, caramel, citrus and tropical hoppy, nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tsekouratos (578) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - OCT 8, 2014
Black color with a thin light brown head. Aromas of burnt caramel, bread, biscuit, malts, some earthy hops. Taste is pretty much the same, complex, with malts and caramel up front, bread, biscuit, grass, earthy hops on the back. Medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (6001) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Reynolds314! Pours murky chestnut with a medium brown creamy head that dissipates with nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty, nutty, toffee, bready, a bit woody perhaps. Complex. Flavor is light sweet, medium bitter, malty, nutty, earthy body. Really strongly bitter finish takes away from an otherwise nice beer. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AmericanHobo (70) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2014
A much darker than normal porter. More of a black ale than a strong ale especially with the lower ABV

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16227) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 23, 2013
Bottle, 66cl, from trade with Papsoe. It pours a very dark brown body topped by a dense, two-finger tan head. Old leather, licorice, mothballs, loft and a burnt touch in the aroma. It’s semi-sweet on the palate, with some alcohol notes, burnt malts and leather. Not as much licorice as in the aroma, but some is there. It’s soft and full-bodied on the palate, faintly warming and it dries up towards the end. I have problems with this one. I mean, it’s lovely as hell, complex and tasteful, really enjoyable, but it’s sort of like nothing else I’ve had. Would be wonderful to get hold of the receipe and try it for myself. 130405

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (5664) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Draft. Dark ruby bordering on brown with a thick cap of soapy head that laced all the way down. nose is old shoe leather and English malt. Flavor is dry roast, old brunt coffee and again the old leather note. Medium body with normal carbonation. I’m still learning about this style so it’s hard for me to understand what the brewer intended here. Interesting and odd.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (1994) - Massachusetts, USA - AUG 23, 2013
On tap @ Ale House. Dark motor oil black with a persistant 3 finger head. Aromas of hay, fig and tropical fruit. Starts caramel, giving way to smokey roasted malt to the point of ash, with some hop bitter and a touch of heat. Coats the roof of the mouth with an oily finish. Good with greasy food.

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