BlackHaddock (4552) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear 500ml Bottle: BBD May 14, poured into an Abbot Ale glass tankard during Nov 13 and shared with no one.
Pours a pleasant black shade, with a full foaming blanket of tanned bubbles.
The smell was over roasted malts, which gave coffee and dark chocolate notes and a hint of what was to come taste wise.
Sure enough, malted chocolate and coffee feel to the flavour, slight bitter finish to each sip, but the hops kept a low profile throughout. A long way from sweet, but it wasn’t sour either, just a regular Porter, if a little thin in body depth.
mR_fr0g (4734) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 9, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home from Sainsburys. Clear bottle. Aroma is socks, some skunky veg hops, choc and roast. Dark Caramel / red pour with a thin beige head. Flavour is a bit stale, solid roast. Slight rusty penny in the finish. Palate is light but a nice dry finish.
BeerViking (2933) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours near black with a lasting thin beige head, cocoa, roast malt and a little roast coffee on the nose. Creamy-dry body with more dry plain chocolate, notes of dark dried fruit, some juicy malt and a little liquorice. Light appley sweetness in the midbody, finishing with dry burnt bitterness and a returning coffee note. Very nice!
OwainTurner (379) - Leicester, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from the Supermarket. Pours rather dark, but thin. Little head, coffee cream. Aroma of coffee, chicory, chocolate, molasses, dark fruit - but not intense. Taste is weak cold. Much nicer tipid. Bitter chocolate, sour fruit. Slight liquorice taste (as stated on bottle) nothing to write home about.
jmgreenuk (5417) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - AUG 3, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsburys :-) Poured a deep mahogany with a broken tan head. The aroma is earthy peat leading to a medium bitter flavour with roasted malts and a little chocolate on the watery, but refreshing palate. Drinkable at any time of the year.
deanso (6216) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with JMGreenUK.
Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Lots of chocolate and some liquorice. Very nice.
kermis (6185) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - AUG 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared thanks to Jmgreenuk. Pours near black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, milk chocolate, light toffee. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
left_bank (79) - JAPAN - JUL 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
overall,pours,looks,and taste (too)light...could use some richness.what i would call a summer porter and not a winter porter!
cocoa,coffee,looks like a fluffy milkshake after the first swig.
Niall73 (2153) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sainsbury’s! Deep dark reddy brown. Aroma is pleasant, light choc, roast malts, coffee some sweetness. Fair amount of carbonation. Fairly light but it is flavoursome - quite bitter with a bit of coffee and choc. Not bad, but far from great.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - JUN 4, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
At first I was skeptical, as this is a private label beer. It was surprisingly good. Rich, malty, balanced, and available. This last comment may be a surprise to those that think finding a porter in the uk would be like finding bourbon in Kentucky. It isn’t. Apparently stouts and porters in the uk are a winter drink, and most of the young drinkers have moved on to the lighter ales and lagers. The only stout that I can easily find is Guinness. Weird.