Lilja (952) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smak och doft av humle, malt, torkad frukt, farinsocker, mörk choklad med aromer av nötter och honung. God beska.
darn1207 (1704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from ABC on Thomasville ($3.99). Dark brown pour with a thin tan head and slight lacing. Aroma is warm brown sugar, dark fruit, roasty malts. Tastes are dark chocolate, brown sugar, honey, nutty, earthy hops. Drinkable enough.
Fritz123 (235) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour in South Florida. Snifter. Pours a very dark, opaque with an off-white head that is thick at first. Head diminishes quickly to a thin head. Great lacing. Very good looking overall. Aroma is very good with heavy malts, caramel, light smoke and wood. Taste is very malty with hints of coffee (slight bitterness), caramel and oak. I also detect some coconut. Mouth feel is very smooth with a pleasant finish.
jcweaver (697) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, light smoke, nuts and light fruit. Nice roasted malt flavor with chocolate, light coffee, light smoke, nuts, light fruits and moderately bitter grassy hops. Woody and nice bitter finish. Very good scottish ale.
daje (1291) - NORWAY - JAN 22, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle, shared with esp0r december 1st 2012. Dark brown body, a bit hazy, creamy light brown head. Aroma of malt, hazelnut, dark fruit. Taste of burned malt, coffee, chocolate and flowery hops. Good but unbalanced. Low carbonation, sherry-like aftertaste.
hockeybeerguy (212) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 11, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It pours jet black leaving a one inch foamy lumpy off-white head. The head slowly dies to a centimeter lasting a little longer in my nonic. Minimal lacing is left. The smell is slightly malty and has a dry coffee aroma coming through as the beer warms. The taste is bittersweet through the malts and the dry coffee. The palatre is about a light to medium with lots of harshness coming through at all angles, kinda bad for an English Porter. This is fairly drinkable. Overall, I’m not impressed with this one.
chinchill (580) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle (2012) served in a Sam Adams lager glass.
Pours deep, dark, clear mahogany with a small and fragile tan head. Decent lacing is left on the glass. [3.75]
The spice level is near perfect and well-balanced. While evident in the nose and obvious up front upon tasting, the spicing slowly fades after the finish eventually leaving a chocolate malt to dominate the aftertaste. Sweet and bitter largely in balance, but a tad too sour. No burnt flavors, but a hint of smoke in the finish. High complexity and good balance make every sip seem a little different than the one before. Plenty of dark chocolate in the nose and flavor.
M: near full body with rather lively carbonation. I suspect I’d prefer a bit less carbonation; a suspicion supported by the fact that the mouth feel improves after the beer has been in the glass for a while.
O: outstanding, and unusually low ABV, winter warmer.
AGGarcia44 (10) - - DEC 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Oak, coffee, smoke, and sweet malt aroma.
Very dark, deep red appearance. Very light tan creamy head with decent retention.
well balanced sweetness and bitterness. Lingering smoked oak caramel finish. Caramel, coffee, woodsy, malty taste.
med body. slick texture. soft carbonation. Solid alcohol warmth. Noticeable transition from upfront watery to heavier finish.
I didn’t like the flow of flavors or how the flavors did not complement each other harmonisouly.
Not recommended for those who enjoy ’spiced’ winter beers. No allspice, clove, cinnammon, nutmeg, etc.
wkalle (263) - SWEDEN - FEB 12, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a large long lasting brown head. Aroma is only a gentle smokiness. Flavor is smoky with fruits and spices. Finishes nice with a long lasting dry bitterness.
espenra (764) - Kurland, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
65cl bottle from Systembolaget. Best before 31.10.2012. Black colour with some dark brown notes. Huge creamy head that settled down fast. Aroma is laden with roasted malts, coffee, liqorice. Flavour feels thin and watery at first, but after a few seconds the coffee, cocoa and liqorice blooms. The alcohol is present, but not dominant. Short aftertaste. A decent beer, perhaps not the most exciting, but I’d try it again.