SilkTork (5179) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
330ml dark glass bottle. Unfiltered. 5.8%. Sainsbury’s Beer Hunt 2013. It’s sweet and flavoured. Stuff like this reminds me of those syrup flavoured coffees. They don’t appeal to me, and neither does this. I like my beer to taste like beer, not licorice syrup with alcohol. This is an alcopop. I can find an alcopop fun at times - I enjoy some of the sweet lambics for example. But I’m less enthusiastic about some of the darker beers - perhaps because I know that these flavours (and more) can be created using malt and yeast alone. Messing around with smoke and wood chips is a bit silly, and I suspect it’s more done for the gimmick, which is currently quite saleable. Put this in the category of Innis & Gunn. Crap, but drinkable.
themightyjag (170) - - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury's. 5.8% version.
Thin tan head disappears quickly with no lacing. Body is near black, a little ruby showing through. Nose is smokey nuts. Initial flavour is smoke, then coffee, a little chocolate, malt and a little caramel. Slightly nutty aftertaste. Creamy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Slightly oily finish. A good solid porter.
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evergreen0199 (1942) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s in Pinner (5.8% version with all the usual US warnings on the back of the bottle). A dark brown/black coloured pour with a medium beige head on top. Smoky, malty aroma. Tastes smoky, bacon, malty, little chocolate, peaty. Enjoyable smoked porter.
DanielBrown (3717) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Sainsburys, via GURD. Rather delicious. Lovely blend of sweet smoke and gentle roast. Sweet balance. Some soy sauce. Really nice.
Christopsy (99) - SCOTLAND - OCT 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
5.8% Bottle from Sainsburys Claypotts, near Dundee. Pours black, with deep ruby tones when held to the light, and a thin white head. Smells of peat smoke and very very faint coffee. Taste of peat smoke. Not the heaviest smoked porter I’ve ever had, but I think the peat is slightly too strong. It overwhelms what should be smokey coffee-chocolate, but I just taste peat.
Osprey87 (1405) - WALES - OCT 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cheap from Sainsburys, drunk at a BYOB. Sparkling and black like cola, small head dissipates quickly. Smell - sharp yeast, woody, chocolate, smoke. Medium body and spritzy carbonation. Taste is smoke - one dimensional unlike the smell. Alcohol seems to come through a bit considering it’s fairly low alcohol. Not enough flavour for me but OK.
rauchbier (3596) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (5.8%) from Sainsburys Grimsby. Deep brown-black, thin shortlived off white head and gentle condition. Initial woody phenolic smokiness gives way to a pleasantly sweet chocolate and coffee note before a more restrained smokiness emerges. Quite thin at first in the mouth with a smokiness that drys the mouth but again chocolate and coffee meander in to sweeten the body whilst still maintaining a degree of wood smoke. The finish maintains a consistancy of sweetness and phenols that slowly dissolves away leaving a retronasal woodiness and a touch of spirit.
mR_fr0g (2514) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home from Sainsburys Beer hunt 2013. Aroma is initially heavy oak, wood and peat. Later there is an ashy campfire aroma to it. Clearish red / caramel pour with a long lasting cream head. Flavour is ashy smoke , back bone is chocolate. Slight chalk But the smoke is over powered. Medium light palate. Finish is earthy notes and wood tanin.
jamesie1857 (1347) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from Sainsbury’s - 5.8% version - Dark brown body, fluffy beige head, nose of roasted coffee straight away. Got the usual aromas you’d expect with a porter, the liquorice, the bunt chocolate, but nothing really I’d associate with a smoked beer like those of Aecht Schlenkerla. Taste was a bit bland, little kick of mocha at the end, a little bitterness. Okay I guess, but nothing like I expected.
Garrold (1135) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
330ml bottle from Sainsburys. 5.8%. (Some air miles on this bugger, then!). Cola coloured. Open, bubbly, beige head. Licorice, smoke, some toffee. Taste is slightly cloying sweetness. Dry finish. Not a great deal inbetween.