VastActiv (2574) - Oulu, FINLAND - JAN 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cask at Gallow’s Bird, Espoo. Real Ale Festival 2014. Colour is dark brown with small bubbly white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, hints of chocolate and some roasted malts. Nice but little bit of thin.
tiong (3615) - Espoo, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird Real Ale Festival 2014
Pours dark brown with a bubbly head. Aroma of roasted malts, nutty notes, hints of spices and caramel. Taste is smooth, slightly roasty and nutty with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. Finish is smooth, nutty and slightly watery with some nutty notes. A bit untypical porter.
laiti (5439) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask @ Gallows Bird ⅩⅦ Real Ale Festival
Aroma is quite light with some roasted tones and hints of coffee. Flavour is a bit odd with some roasted tones, coffee and English hops. Finishes with more English hops and some toffee. Like a mixture of EPA and porter. A disappointment; this does not reach the level of roastiness I expect from porters.
Vladivostok (227) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Somewhere near the bottom of the cask I would guess so can’t comment on the head but a nice coffee aroma followed by quite a robust palate. Quite a bitter finish but a reasonable example of the genre.
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Holborn Whippet. Nice smoky beer, as deep red as it can get before turning black. Smooth, complex. Herbal hops.
mR_fr0g (2413) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Euston tap. Clear dark pour pour with a persistent patchy cream good with thick lace. Aroma is subtle choc and berry. Slight chalk. Flavour is balanced nutty malt with roast and earthy hop following. Medium body. Lowish carb. Woody finish. Nicely put together porter.
northropfrye (2090) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 10, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Euston Tap, London. Dark body with off white head, lots of lacing. Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts. Tastes great.
Theydon_Bois (7935) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gravity dispense at Windsor Locale festival - 22/07/12.
Black in colour with a small to medium beige head.
Slightly burnt roasted malt nose, coffee & choclate.
Tasted as nose but not really picking up the burnt. Also caramel/toffee and a little licquorice.
Good higher end medium body but not anywhere near chewy and a great roasted finish.
One of the best UK cask porters I’ve had in recent times.
ravidesai (947) - Bombay, INDIA - JUN 18, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a dark brown. almost opaque.
nose of chocolate, coffee and nuts.
a surprisingly light palate with
a nutty malty taste.
smooth and very drinkable
Scopey (6197) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at CP&K. It pours deep ruby-brown, with a thick beige head. The nose is liquorice, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, charcoal and bonfire. The taste is charcoal, wood, dark fruit, vinous aspect, solid bitterness, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, liquorice, burnt toast and grass, with a long dry finish. Medium body and soft carbonation. Full body and flavoursome. A well crafted porter.