MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Mes rate. Cask at the Bloomsbury Tavern. This is the new "Winter Hop" version and I have to say it’s pretty bloody good. Roasty coffee, good chocolate, solid malt, nice hints of fruit and vanilla and all good stouty stuff with a really good hoppy bite late on. Nice dryness. Good weighty feel. Eventual grainy chocolate right at the death. A very enjoyable brew. Get in Sheps!
KnutAlbert (6013) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask stillage at the 2008 Pigs Ear.
Very dark brown.
Smooth and easy, a little smoke, some liquorice. Quaffable.
The extra hops are hard to detect here.
liinis (1534) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 31, 2008
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Helsinki "Rotterdam" tap 0,5 l
big disappointment as it is Watery, tasteless and odorless. black with deep red when looked through against a lamp.
too much carbonation stings in mouth and tongue. like tasting a 9 V battery with your tongue.
Brown long lasting thin head, leaves a lace on the glass.
raymondwave (931) - FINLAND - MAR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Seilori, Helsinki. Black with small beige head. Nose has roasted malts and liqourice, even anise. Flavor is nicely roasted, strong on salty liqourice with a dose of tar and smoke with a little ashy sourness. Nicely smooth and balanced.
mirjukka (752) - LOHJA, FINLAND - MAR 9, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
keg draught at Angleterre Helsinki as monthly beer.
color:almost black tiny flat head
Taste: nicely roasted malts bit chocolate dryish aftertaste. Very many years ago I tasted cask version at same place
Tranquillity (1405) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAR 5, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Dark brown/black, with a shade of red. Thick, creamy, beige head. Reminds me of that of Murphys canned. Chocolate, cream and roastyness in the aroma. The taste isn’t strong, but it’s almost perfectly balanced. Long bitter, smokey, finish. Creamy palate.
Finn (4003) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2008
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Cask at The Prince of Wales - Kennington 6 Feb 08. Black. A tiny layer-head that soon disappeared. Modest aroma of chocolate. Watery. Roasted flavor with some dry bitterness in the aftertaste.
HarryFlashman (469) - Chatham, Kent, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I don’t like porter, but thought I would try this as it’s the Neame seasonal winter offering replacing their autumn offering (the exquisite Late Red). As porter’s go, this is as good as you get really. Guinness black (but not the dirty taste) sweet, malty, even chocolatey. Not bad, but not enough to convert me to porter!
berkshirejohn (4381) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cask at the Kings Head, Hythe, Kent. Black with a thin cream head; smooth and creamy and dry, but full bodied, and then vinous and sweet; before arriving at a dry finish with coffee, milk and chocolate. A very enjoyable, complex, porter.
fonefan (34188) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 8, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask (handpump) @ Ashburnham Arms, Greenwich, London SE10, UK. Clear dark red brown color with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light beige head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, burnt, english licorice notes. Flavor is moderate sweet, light acidic and moderate bitter with a average to long duration. (Licorice acidic) Body is light to medium, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is flat to soft. (301207)