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A traditional London-style, top-fermented black porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
A Mes rate: Gravicask at GBBF. Lovely aroma. Milky sweet porter with some slight alcohol. Black-ish colour with no head at all. Dull flavour with some malt but no real character. Not roasty or bitter enough for me. Roll on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 28, 2007
The label on this bottle actually reads “bottled” just in case I was confused about what I was about to drink from. Hmm. It pours deep clear chestnut and has a thin tan head. The aroma is semi sweet roasted malts with a faint, very faint, burnt maltiness. Much like the aroma the taste seems semi sweet roasted malts to a hint of sweet molasses. A faint burnt malt note tries to cut into the sweeter notes and becomes a rather softened burntness. So that standard Porter flavor of burnt Black Patent type malts comes up somewhat short. It does try to make a feeble attempt to re-surface in the after taste but seems to be a faint echo of what could have been.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
j12601 (6607) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2010
On tap for growler fills at Half Time. Pours a thin black to brown, caramel soda sort of color. Empty malt, light roast and toast, caramel. Low carbonation, thin and roasty. Coffee and roast. Dull and lackluster. Long sad toast and roast finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
marcus (6588) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
This dark brown ale poured with a decent off-white head. The flavor is quite thin with a little maltiness and a slightly discernible hop finish. I used to like this one before all the great microbreweries sprang up, but it just doesn’t hold up any more.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2006
Pours brown with a tan head. Smells and tastes chocolatey. Good sweet aftertaste. Full bodied mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2004 Bottle pours a black with some amber tinge in direct light.   Small white bubbly head quickly fades.   Lacing seems adequate enough.   Faint aroma of roasted malt and chocolate.   Initial taste is of some slightly roasted malt, but it quickly checks out and becomes a mild grainy aftertaste.   Mouthfeel is a bit thin on this one.   Ever so slight bitterness after the finish and a bit too watery.   Definately not how I like my porters... robust.   I swear, Redhook has slipped over the years.   They need to bring back the DoubleBlack Stout, fer sure!

Draught (nitro) pours black as night, with an off-white milkish creamy head.   Lacing is extremely sticky.   Faint aroma of roasted malts.   Smooth mouthfeel, but perhaps a bit too thin.   Light hop profile and malts on the finish.   I much prefer this one on tap than in the bottle.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2002
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark brown to black. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, dark chocolate), moderately hoppy (grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Overhopped aroma, acidic, astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Svesse (6174) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2007
(Cask at GBBF, London, 8 Aug 2007) Black colour with brownish notes, brief head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of toffee and chocolate, a bit thin. Malty, roasted taste with chocolate and toffee, fairly sweet. Rather short, chocolatey finish. Not bad at all, but not really my favourite porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6169) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2007
Draft at the Woodinville brewpub. 15 years ago, I thought a bottle or a pint of this stuff was kind of an interesting way to spend a round. Not so much today. Black with rubied highlights--seems like a fairly well clear beer behind that roasty opacity. Scant gray head. Light roasty and bittersweet chocolatey nose. Light body, especially for a porter, it’s almost watery. Soft carb. Light brown sugar and brown bread mid-palate, but not too much going on for the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2008
Draft. Pours black with a lasting beige head. Light coffee aroma with a bit of caramel as well. Medium smooth body. Flavor is the same as the aroma. Not bad, but pretty unimpressive.

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