JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - MAR 17, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma of this tar colored beer is exquisite. It smells of rich chocolate, almost like a chocolate cheesecake, with overtones of roasted coffee. The flavor is more robust, there is a strong, smoky roasted flavor and some bitter kick in the background. Some flavor almost reminescent of powdered espresso beans is noticeable. The finish is all roasted maltiness and coffee flavor. This is a great porter, which is full bodied but drinkable, and smooth yet potently flavorful. Seek this out if you enjoy dark beers.
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 26, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Girlie for this one. Last one of the bunch that she sent to me for my birthday. Agree with the previous post - Scandanavian brewers have nailed this style. Gorgeous deep/dark pour and a fluffy, long-lasting rich tan head. Takes a good 5 minutes for the head to dissipate. Aroma is slightly sweet, with the heavy aroma of roasted malt. Slight hoppiness in the aroma as well. Flavor is consistent with aroma - strong roasted flavors with coffee and slight chocolate. Nice bitterness on the back of the palate to round out the full flavor of this one. Excellent brew.
Lalli (243) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Very dark color with nice beige head. Aroma is packed with chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Nice warming finish. This is probably the best Finland has to offer in terms of beer.
circinus (242) - SWEDEN - MAR 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle 33 cl from Systembolaget. Black with a light brown head with fine bubbles. Roasty, malty, earthy hops, somewhat bitter, slight chocolate tones. Medium/full body, low carbonation, slightly bitter finish. Smooth, nice porter.
Kathy (241) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 3, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep black color with a viscous quality. Sweet, alcoholy flavor. Tastes a little like syrup. Rich, deep chocolate flavor with some mild bitterness. Very good.
Brewso (238) - Mt Kisco, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a huge beer with tons of flavor. Chocolate, fruits and roasty flavors are overwhelmed by raisin which lasts through the finish. I would prefer the raisin were toned down a bit. But still a monster beer.
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - NOV 24, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at JaBier’s house. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is dark fruit, licorice, slightly roasty. Flavor is lightly roasty with notes of coffee, bitter chocolate, light to medium mouthfeel
Melker (234) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JAN 31, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really dark brown color, brown head medium size. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, vanilla and dark chocolate. Small sweetness, medium bitterness.
jobyone (234) - Charlotte, USA - NOV 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours nearly black with good sized light bron head. Aroma has hints of straw, burnt coffee adn some sweetness. The taste has plenty of bitterness along with some sweet hints. Nice creamy mouthfeel with a medium body.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black-brown, opaque appearance, with a small but very dark brown head. Absolutely beautiful. Aroma of prunes and blackstrap molasses. The flavor is rich and roasty with blackstrap molasses. What a fine porter indeed!