Alengrin (4329) - BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I enjoy (re)visiting a classic beer every now and then amidst all these new craft beers, and this one sure qualifies: after the original porter style completely died out somewhere in the first half of the 20th century (I think the last one dates from the 1940s, if I’m not mistaken), Samuel Smith was the first brewery to resurrect it in 1979 with this Taddy Porter, named after Tadcaster and fermented in the traditional ’Yorkshire squares’ they still use; it sparked a renewed interest in the style, first in England, then in the US and eventually in all other countries where craft beer is cultivated. All the imperial, smoked, chili and other variants coming from that are to a certain extent indebted to this one, so it is no exaggeration to call it a historically influential beer, I think. It has a medium sized, moussy, pale greyish beige, quite dense head breaking open soon in the middle but otherwise retaining well, and a very deep, beautiful burgundy colour, almost blackish but still fully translucent, with a hue of very old, brownish red wine. Pleasant aroma of roasted peanuts, cashew nuts, toasted bread, caramelized sugar (but not overly sweet), moist cardboard, dried fig, dry tea bag, rosehip-like ’botanical iron’, vague earthy turnip or radish somewhere as well as a subtle, but seductive pear syrup sweetness appearing when the beer warms up. Restrained sweetish and sourish onset of dried fruit (fig, dried apple peel, hint of raisin), medium carbonation sparkling very gently on the tongue, very supple, lean body, not too thick as can be expected from a 5% ABV beer but still filling due to well-dosed malts, with a sweetish nuttiness quickly accompanied by a drying, coffee grounds-like roasted bitterness, which, as should be the case in any porter, remains subtle enough not to become too stout-like, and so does not entirely cover the initial, softer, nutty and caramelly sweetishness. A slight metallic feeling appears as well but feels ’natural’ and does not bother me at all. Finish adds a brief ’pinprick’ of notably peppery hops blending in very well with the lingering coffee grounds-like bitterness; along with this nutty, rounded, satisfyingly restrained malt sweetness, both bittering components linger on the root of the tongue after swallowing and once they fade away, the sweetness faintly returns... Very enjoyable beer, justly a famous English classic; flavour balance is perfect and although it sure harbors some coffee-like roasted bitterness, quite aromatically so and lingering in the mouth for quite a while, it is still nutty and ’sweetish’ enough to be a classic porter. I can easily imagine how this type of beers once gave rise to the stout family and I think this is the ideal porter to start with if you are curious about the style and haven’t had any other one before. Taddy Porter is to porter what Saison Dupont is to saison, or Westmalle Tripel to tripel: classic in every respect, but respectable in its class.
Kauge (1527) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAR 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Uba ja Humal in Tallinn (€ 3.30). BB Nov 2016. Pours medium brown, appearing black with a reddish glare in the glass. The head’s beige, retains and laces nicely. Sweetish roasty, grainy aroma with a bit of grassy hops. Tastes really rounded, at times quite sweet, then roasty, then kinda red berry bitter, but overall the flavours are very nicely complementing eachother. Would say medium body, dryish palate, moderate carbonation. A bit of acidic burn on the tongue... Overall? Very good, especially for the mere 5%.
Weevo (144) - Indiana, USA - MAR 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, pours Brown with medium tan head. Chocolate and roast to the nose continues to taste along with caramel. A little carbonation and a smooth feel on the palette. Good beer.
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IPAgutten79 (902) - Skui, NORWAY - MAR 6, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mørk med lavt skum. Aroma av lær, sjokolade og kaffe. Kaffe, melkesjokolade og et mildt røykpreg i smaken. Tynn/medium konsistens.
birraiolo (264) - ITALY - MAR 6, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bevuta in bottiglia. Color ebano con schiuma fine color nocciola, non abbondante ma di buona tenuta. Aroma di malti tostati con note di caffè, cacao e frutta secca. Al palato non offre un gran corpo ma le note tostate di cacao e caffè si ripresentano, finale molto secco e piacevole.
alvaro78 (219) - Sevilla, SPAIN - MAR 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas a cacao y regaliz
Buen aspecto y carbónatacion justa
Seca en boca con notas a café y cacao
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torejh (76) - SWITZERLAND - FEB 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts. Flavour of chocolate, coffee and dried fruits. Very smooth.
Lambister (436) - FINLAND - FEB 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from Finland’s lovely monopoly. Dark brown with nonexistent head. Nose is bit closed and it has carbonation in it. Palate is smooth and balanced with some crisp rye and malt notes which are presented well in this low abv. brew.
danielyabu (1514) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - FEB 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Average light-brown frothy head. Fair lacing. Mostly diminishing. Flat black thick body. Aroma: milk chocolate, moderate malt, alcohol. Initial flavor: light sweet, smoked and salty hints. Final flavor: very light astringent (minor flaw from a months expiration), smoked and very light sweet. Palate: medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, metallic finish. Malty background. Stands out from other Porters. Less coffee and chocolate than the average, but theyre present. 120s
ozzy70 (628) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 7, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha. Pours black with a thick, foamy tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Taste was sweet, nutty and coffee. Very good.