bdunhill (209) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2013
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
With a mild aroma and a dark crisp appearance, this portor looks the part but has a bitter tongue and a light palate. For the price its quite a nice porter.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 23, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Quite pleased with this, good to at least have a porter on the shelves being pushed in a medium sized Sainsbury’s. This week they have moved the beers around in Sainsbury’s Kings Heath and extended the craft beer spacing, a good thing no doubt - sign of change, they rarely change anything there so all good. This has no length, but tastes good, Could be astrigent, but I’m not sure what that is. Was laughing to myself earlier (hoho) about people reviewing the Jasmin tea IPA saying that they could taste the jasmine tea in it, I’m thinking they have never tasted jasmine tea in their lives, let alone guava or papaya. Would love to give a blind taste test to people who say they taste papaya in a beer of papaya and guava. What do I know though - they’d probably get it right. Enough.
CJGrip (17) - Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Liquorice, smooth giving a warm feeling. Dark in colour but lighter than a stout.
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mike_77 (2419) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bitter chocolate and sweet, spicy liquorice are present in the aroma. Flavour is warming and has some sweeter port-like characteristics. Nutty aftertaste.
cgarvieuk (12238) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle at home ... deep brown ... bubbly tan head ... soft toffee fruits ... creamy toffeee malts ... quite a bit of puff candy ... sweet roast ... ok but not as rich as i like
thepeter (275) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A - Dark as night with amber hue creeping in with the light. thick head that lasts the entire time drinking it slowly and leaving very nice lacing.
S - Chocolate, Metal, dried grass, berry
T - Cocoa, hay, grass, hops, a tiny bit of berry sweetness but this was overall a dry porter with a very dry finish and a deal too bitter for my tastes (of the style)
M - nice carbonation and a medium body that held up well. Smooth pretty nice on the tongue.
Overall, not a porter i would pick up again. Too dry and bitter, no complexity or sweetness at all. Not horrible just not what i want in the style.
SilkTork (5020) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml clear bottle from Sainsbury’s. A pleasant drinking beer. Dark and soft, with a luscious mouthfeel, and enough bitter roasted notes to provide interest and balance to the soft, gentle sweetness. This is not a wonderful beer, but it’s drinkable and tasty and does the job, and like the Whitechapel Porter that Sheps do for Asda, is something I am happy buying again.
joe19612 (1609) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 28, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a complete black colour with a thin white head. Aroma is chocolate and dark malts, the taste is roast malts with chocolate with a dry bitter finish.
leaparsons (7493) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Near black with a beige foam. Aromas are coffee and liquorice with cola and winter fruit. Earthy and smoky with bready yeast and soft spices. Flavours are vinous berries with fruity coffee. Smoky with dark chocolate, molasses and citrus bitterness. Spicy on the finish. Decent.
RichardW (1300) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - JAN 19, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spicy roast aroma with rich chocolate flavours. Some hoppy notes and plenty of bitterness. The Sheps chracteristics are quite obvious. Ruby-tinged black beer, with a light coffee coloured head.