Grumbo (1364) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from www.slijterijhetfust.nl and split at the EU themed 2nd Ipswich bottle share. Pours almost black with a light tan head. Aroma of light roasted malt, chocolate, fruit/berries and with alcohol quite prominent. Medium sweetness and bitterness. Body towards full, oily texture, soft carbonation. Alcohol remained a little too forward throughout though.
Zlotta (2156) - Hagen, GERMANY - AUG 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
0.33 l bottle from ’Gall & Gall’ (Zutphen), best before December 2016 (so probably almost two years old). Pitch black with a thin, frothy, slowly diminishing, beige head. Sweetish-malty, quite smoky, fruity and a bit roasty aroma of dark chocolate, peat, ash, dark ripe fruits and hints of iodine. Sweetish-malty, quite smoky, fruity and a bit roasty taste of dark chocolate, peat, ash, tar, some iodine and quite a bit of dark ripe fruits, followed by a medium long, moderately roasty-bitter, rather peaty-smoky finish. Medium body, minimally effervescent mouthfeel, very soft carbonation. Good beer, quite complex and very intense, still very well-balanced.
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 7, 2016
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a while ago, a bottle from a lovely bottle store in the city centre at Nijmegen. Great service there. I recall drinking a superb beer. Black as the name, with a shaggy russet heat, just like a fruit bat. Lovely aroma of peat, dark berries, cocoa, vanilla, repeating on the flavour, with a nice touch of salty liquorice. It was somewhat oily, but incredibly easy to drink. Much superior to its midnight/imperial sister.
Bijl (226) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 5, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pikzwart met rode gloed, mooie bruine schuimkraag die zakt naar een laagje.
Aroma: Iets gerookt, chocolade, koffie, donkere mouten, donkere fruit, zoethout.
Smaak: Gerookt, licht zoet, gedroogd fruit, zoethout, karamel, koffie en pure chocolade en Vanille. Op het einde nog een prikkelige hopbitter. De alcohol blijf aardig op de achtergrond.... mogelijk ook door de sterke gerookte smaak...... drinkt makkelijk.
Body is licht tot medium, mondgevoel zacht , koolzuur is medium en afdronk is bitter, gerookt en iets droog. Prima Spul
VsXsV (3922) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2016 Bottle. Opaque black liquid with small to medium tan head. Aroma of licorice, raw sugar, coffee, smoke, chocolate, ash, phenols and light hard bread. Taste is light to medium sweet and light bitter with notes of chocolate, raw sugar and hard bread. Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Decent.
fkoolen (986) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - JUL 1, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2016 Bottle @ Lent. Pitch black, beige creamy head. Roasted malty chocolate and espresso, dried fruits, light red fruits and leather, smoke.Great finish. Big body, medium carbonation.
johndoughty (4982) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a lively medium head. Slight sour which put me off. Not sure if this was intended or poor bottling. This tended to distract me but there where some pleasant flavours in the background trying to break through. A bit weird.
minutemat (4290) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle, from trade with MonsterMagnet, many thanks! Pours dark, large tan head. Aroma is smokey, peated, dark fruits, marmite. Taste is complex, smokey, peated, dark fruits.. this is pretty awesome.
JefVerstraete (2883) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ LIBF 2016. Dark brown/black colour, roasty, cocoa, coffee. Well balanced porter!
mariuspoenari (1463) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitch black with a thick beige lacing. Roasted malts, cherries, cocoa and a bit of peat. The medium carbonation together with the medium to full body makes the mouthful very pleasant. Roasty chocolate aftertaste.