allmyvinyl (6620) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Cask at the the Hanging Bat. Pours dark brown with a thin beige head. Aromas of butterscotch, (diacetyl perhaps?), capsicum, green vegetables. Taste is light smoky, faint heat, more veg. Not great.
BenH (3080) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 31, 2015
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Cask at Bat. Dark brown with no head. Aroma is a nice big whack of buttery toffee. Taste of butter, toffee and chocolate. Flat with a lingering butter flavour. A disgrace
sound67 (512) - Offenbach, GERMANY - AUG 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[cask, at the Great British Beer Festival 2015] - Redwillow Brewery Smokeless, 5.7%, Dark brown, slightly translucent, with a small, fluffy beige head. Roasted malts and dark cocoa on the nose, with a subtly oaky smoked note in the background. Medium body, still a bit watery. Mild carbonation. Sweet and sour fruit flavours, roasted malts and a mild smokey note at the start. Middle is sweetish, with roasted malts and smoke relegated to the background. More pronounced smokiness in the finish, but quickly canceled out by sweet malts and fruity, mellow aftertaste. Porter that makes good use of subtle smoke flavours.
Mr_Pink_152 (2016) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 18, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint from The White Bear, Tewkesbury. Very deep amber brown colour, with a cream head. Slight smokey aroma with fruit. The taste has a touch more smoke with a mid sweetness.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3344) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 15, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red willow smokeless 5.7%
A nice dark brown pour, smooth mouthfeel with a light smokey chocolate aroma. The taste is bitter dark chocolate & light smoke. Solid. 3.5
Alengrin (3400) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At GBBF. Smoked porter with thin and quickly dissolving, pale beige head; very dark burgundy colour with black ’soul’ but translucent on the edges. Aroma of smoked bacon, charcoal, bitter chocolate, coffee grounds, black olives, raisins, bayleaf. Edged fruity onset, dried prunes, very walnutty, smooth and soft malt character, mildly smoked (pipe tobacco accent), toasted, even some roasted bitterness in the end, quite mouth filling, paired with a leafy hop bitterness. Very nice interpretation of the style.
yespr (36046) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From cask. Pours dark brown to black with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted dark malty. Breadish. Bitter qnd light fruity. Toasted dark malty. Bitter and roasted dark malty finish.
jjsint (1462) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at the Railwaymans Arms, Bridgnorth. Dark brown, only the slightest bit translucent. A decent amount of creamy beige head. Caramel and fudge aroma with edges of lamb gravy, pecan pie and salted liquorice. Gentle and sweetish taste, with enough hop to lead the sip into a bitter/sour finish. Aftertaste of chicory, bitter chocolate and soy sauce. Decent if short of perfect.
OllieBBommel (1269) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 17, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
330 ml bottle@home.
Appearance: clear ruby brown with small beige head.
Aroma: smoked malt, peat, floral hops.
Taste: harsh, medium bitter.
Palate: harsh, lasting medium bitter, medium CO2.
tombyars (1486) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - JUL 6, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted this at the Glasgow Beer Festival at the Briggait on the 26th June 2015. Cask, gravity dispense. Dull black in colour with a thin buff head. Good malty aroma with notes of wood smoke long in intensity. Thin oily mouthfeel and poor lacing. Dark malt complex gives a moist maltloaf base with notes of treacle, liquorice and just a touch of chilli oil. Very little in the way of hop resins noted in the short aftertaste. Finish is smooth and malty with dry notes of liquorice, molasses, tobacco smoke, leather and a prickle of heat from the chilli. An interesting porter and surprisingly easy to drink despite the high ABV.