Demise (57) - Wellington, - JAN 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with dark red edging and a tan head. Dark fruit aromas – plum, raisin, cherry – as well as slight malt and caramel characters. Coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt flavours all come through strong, with caramel flavours and a cherry and plum sweetness just before the bitter malt finish. Full-bodied and smooth, absolutely lovely.
anstei (73) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 13, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle. No color description because everything is dark in the night outside. Little head. Roasty, fruity nose. Tasty and intense, with chocolate and much sweetness. Lasting finish.
SparhawkII (4) - - DEC 27, 2014 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2015 Pours a dark tan head, definite chocolate and roast malt aromas. Drinks smooth, not as bitter as other porters and is medium in body. Again, lots of chocolate flavours and the finish isn?t super long but has a "fatty" feel at the end. This is most certainly a beer that I could go back to again.
Ester_ (114) - Quebec, CANADA - DEC 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Ruby colour, medium head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, yeast. Flavours of chocolate, roasted malt, bitterness from the roasted malt, hop, hop bitterness. Couleur rubois, moyen col de mousse. Arômes de chocolat, torréfaction, levure. Saveurs de chocolat, torréfaction, amertume de malt torréfié, houblon, amertume de houblon.
AlainG (1356) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une mousse explosive recouvre un liquide noir opaque. Des arômes de mélasse, de grains grillés, de noix rôties avec des particularités plus ou moins épicées. Un goût acidulé, amer, chocolaté et ce, d’une façon toute simple et efficace. Par moment des saveurs lactiques sont perceptibles. Un beau liquide soyeux et velouté qui rend la dégustation des plus appréciable. (1338-051214)
terrybail (680) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle from the Lcbo
wow lots of chocolate in the aroma
black, cloudy, frothy,
medium sweetness, lightly bitter,
medium body, creamy, average carbonation,
mmm very good
bunget (578) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ml bottle. Deep brown body, big chocolate head with good retention. Aroma of dark chocolate, dust, herbs, chocolate liquor, mineral water, light coffee, blackberries. Taste is equally satisfying: burned toast, coffee, dark chocolate, blackberry jam, molasses, a touch of smokiness. Very enjoyable.
Gluepot (74) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
at 6% abv, this is a real triumph of taste. The pungent bitter chocolate in the nose carries through as the backbone of the taste profile. This is a thick and full bodied porter, with a lactic creaminess combining nicely with a slightly chalky mouth feel. An undercurrent of ripe dark berries and chewy malts with a nicely roasted finish combine with a slight booziness to make this a real treat. Can’t believe this isn’t an Imperial!
MartinT (8218) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2015 My Bottom Line:
This aromatic English-style Porter brings together blackberry jam, chocolate and molasses flavors, as roastiness and hop earthiness make the palate pause before a sensuous return of the initial malt-driven forces in the aftertaste.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the darkest brown.
-The malty return (malt flavors and residual sugars) is as sublime as the aroma.
-That fruity fermentation character is wonderful with the chosen grain bill.
-All this in a bottle that’s been all the way across the globe! This must be absolutely to die for, fresh, on cask, near the source... Dark Star level quality, I’m sure.
-Mouthfeel is smooth and enhances drinkability despite the richness of flavors.
Randy4Beer (270) - - NOV 1, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark, near black. Thin mocha head.
Aromas of coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Whets the appetite just inhaling this one.
Tastes are dark chocolate, coffee, cocoa nibs.
Overall, creamy, with the bitterness, of coffee and dark chocolate. This is why craft brewing was invented. A superior brew.
AgentAle (830) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is rich malts, toffee, caramel and light sulphur notes. Taste is a deep rich malts, caramel, light fig and toffee. Medium/light hop body follows but is fairly well balanced Body is black with a beige head that retains fairly well.