RichardW (1605) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle Ales by Mail. This poured very flat, see through ruby black appearance. Light blackcurrant and cherry aroma, good full roast flavour, rich bitterness in the finish, with rubbery notes, but a smooth palate throughout. A little yeastiness only adds to this tasty porter
Garrold (2015) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 11, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Thornbridge brewery. Opened with not a noise. Murky, dark brown. No head. I was fearing the worst. However, there’s a nice, nutty, chocolate, fruity, liquorice nose. A hint of damp cardboard, but not really detrimental. Taste is mostly fruity, woody dry. Light bitterness, too. Very soft carbonation. Decent body, though. Finishes with a touch of grassy bitterness.
Lowenbrau (2387) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask@London Craft Beer Festival 2014, The Oval, London. 17-08-2014.
Pours black with some off white head. Roasty nose. Quite dry, coffee, liquorice, roasty flavours.
Bottle (at the same counter): a bit less powerful in nose, maybe some more sweet.
davidtjm (659) - Berlin, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the Euston Tap. Pour is black with a foamy head, aroma is toffee, malty, coffee. Taste is toffee, malty, coffee, light bitterness. Very good
niquillis (1290) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On cask at Euston Tap, Euston. Pours black with tan head. Porter thin texture, very easy drinking with hints of cocoa. Decent porter.
Beersiveknown (3519) - NORTHERN IRELAND - OCT 26, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from ales by mail
roasty toasty cocoa, medium body, almost non existent carbonation red fruit, bitter slightly plasticky finish. Not what I’m after from a porter.
RichTheVillan (3784) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at Holburn Whippet; dark mahogany red pour with bubbly beige head, dark fruit aroma, taste has red fruits, chocolate, coffee, moderate bitterness
Rune (8716) - Tromsø, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Half, poured from cask at Fox & Anchor in Smithfield. Good looking with its rosewood coloured body and a fair, fawn-coloured head. Fine aromas of chocolate and caramel. Mixed flavours including dried fruits like figs on a backbone of chocolate malts. Not overly sweet on the swallow. Pleasant porter, easy to drink (London 26.09.2014).
gyllenbock (5228) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at SBWF 2014.
Clear dark brown with a small head. Roasted malt, chocolate, cocoa, some nuts and light coffee. Soft and easy to drink.
jookos (2900) - FINLAND - SEP 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask@gallows bird real ale festival 2014. Black, cola- like colour. Really roasty, nice tarry. A bit too dry of a body, feels harsh. Ok though, but nothing too good.