Stew41 (1942) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not bad at all. A long way from traditional porter, as you’d expect, with a peaty cola, a stinky note and a sliver of sweetness from the vanilla. Actually once you get past the cola and peat it’s actually quite sweet. Quite fizzy as per the house style.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice chocolate on the nose and in the taste, some vanilla on the back of the palate, drinks well.
Davros (2812) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby-tinged black with a large, light tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, coffee and soft vanilla. All pretty faint.
Lots more roasted malt as flavours, however the vanilla stays in the background. Some sweet caramel shows later before a mild roasty bitterness enters. Finish is slightly metallic.
Carbonation is a little high, body somewhat thin.
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick biege head darkest of brown pours soft carbonation a rich chocolate aroma liquorice vanilla raisin flavours are chocolate not that rich strong vanilla liquorice dark fruit raisin smooth finish full vanilla overtone nice maltiness toastedflavours mild bitter fruity tastes nice porter
hawthorne00 (3540) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with an inch of beige head that fades to a coat but laces quite well. Aroma of roasted malt, dark caramel, leafy yeast, vanilla, stewed prunes. The vanilla is brooding rather than wild in the nose. Very silky mouthfeel. Mouthfilling but not heavy, well disguised alcohol. Much more vanilla overtones in the taste, which is sweet with dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Quite firm roasted flavours. All melds pretty nicely with the vanilla which is a lot more prominent in the mouth than in the nose. Some pepper at the end too. Helps that I’m keen on vanilla for this one, obviously.