GregClow (2797) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 12, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Perry decided to brew a batch of this new recipe (based on the original porters of the 1700s) rather that his Plain Irish for a couple of festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, and as much as I love the Plain Irish, I canít complain about his decision as this is an outstanding brew. Colour is a deep black with a small tan head. Aroma is big and luscious, with strong notes of smoke and licorice. Flavour starts sweet for a split second, and then your tongue is hit with a massive blast of licorice tartness that is off-putting with the first taste, but really wonderful once youíre used to it. The flavour mellows considerably towards the finish, with notes of coffee, caramel and bitter-sweet chocolate. Wow!
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, almost black. Creamy coffee-coloured head. Rich aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice, & smoke. Light-medium feel. Interesting, slightly acidic flavour of chocolate, coffee, & smoke. Moderately complex.
mds (2118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another draught from the Toronto Fest 2004. I havenít had the Black Irish Plain Porter so I canít make any comparison. I think this is a solid beer though. Beautiful black in appearance with a tan head. Potent roasty malt aroma with lots of coffee essence. Silky smooth and finishes with a good bitterness level. Flavourful and complex. Solid stuff.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma shows liquorice, coffee. Body is a little flat. Flavour is smokey, with notes of brown malt and cookies. Slightly acidic, with coffee notes. Complex, and bang on to style (in the most traditional sense, which is quite rare and usually throws people off). FESTIVAL SPECIAL
Crockett (998) - Steelback County, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep red/brown with a little soapy tan head. Toasted aroma with a bit of wood smoke. Very sour, with some salty residuals. A nice amount of smoke carries through the flavours. Apples and lemon fruits. Balanced sweet malts and souring hops. Maybe some yeast shows itself. The most interesting beer at the festival.
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok. Remember Ralph Harwood, and the creation of the entire butt. This was actually OK. Seemed like a blast from the past. A real throwback. Mixed well with the apparent marketing push to further the port style to an ever pensive listless audience.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
black, tan head. mocha, malt, anise, and smokey aroma. flavour of coffee sweetened with brown sugar and some tart malt. nice porter.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strong coffee, chocolate and liquorice aromas. Dark, almost black like espresso, tiny deep brown head, some nice lace. Sour, bitter, roasty flavours. Light bodied. Thanks Perry for another rare treat!
Sammy (7720) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not too drinkable, but change of pace. Mildly carbonated. Nice dark appearance and coffee roasty licorice aroma. Complex tastes of citrus and chocolate from malt, and sourness from the Irish hops.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep brown, tan head. Pretty roasty nose, light though. Flavor is quite interesting, light roast, some sourness, some milk, and a bit of fruit. An odd combination but it works well. The milky sourness detracts a bit from the palate. Good though.