olsvammel (3465) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at SBWF 2014. Malty smell with caramel and chocolate. Similar taste. Well made.
joeneugs (3417) - Livermore, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma has dark chocolate and bread with some plum, raisin, mild coffee and licorice. The flavor is substantial with rich bread, roasted malt, earthy hops, some dark chocolate and a nice smoky, roasted finish. Medium bodied and a decent amount of dark malt acidity gives it a nice bite. Very enjoyable.
markextrae (1243) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared bottle by a friend. poured a dark brown colour with a nice tanned head. lot’s of sweet chocolate forward. roasted malts, caramel, cacao, some coffee. very full bodied mouthfeel for it’s low abv. pretty suprised
aleigator (267) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - SEP 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spongy, decent head with a froth brown head, pours a dark brown color.
Has aromas of toffee, coffee, creamy chocolate, roasted malts, hints of raisins and salt - very inviting, also very sweet smelling.
Begins with wooden malts among a toffee sweetness with hints of cane sugar, which directly turns more present, accompanied by molasse. Burned malts settle the balance in this one, smoothing the way for a spicy coffee bitterness, wrapped up by soft cream, creating a smooth mouthfeel. High carbonation adds complexity and piercing force to the coffee, which punshes in a pleasant way through the slick sweetness, creating a convincing, diversified complexity. Finishes very smooth, sweetness turns coca-cola like for a split-second, soon getting detained by rich, roasted, unsweetened chocolate and coffee, along with wooden hints.
MPA (832) - Amager (form. Nørrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. From a trade around 07. Best before: feb 11. Black, beige head. Chocolate aroma with notes of prunes and dark, toasted malt. Very nice and promising aroma. A palate with some carbonation fills the mouth immediately and spreads sweet chocolate notes, strong coffee flavours and an intense finishing malty bitterness, which stays on the tongue for a while. Lovely beer.
brewballs (207) - USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Excellent beer for Autumn. Chocolate, malty hues and notes. Thick and rich head. It has a flavor of roasted coffee with a smooth wash down. Not as bitter as the color suggests but extremely drinkable.
murphious2000 (15) - - SEP 18, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An excellent porter! Dark brown to almost black with tan head of fine bubbles. The lacing continues down the glass very thin but is there all the way to the end---even when interrupted drinking takes 25 minutes or more!
The aromas seemed a little weak for such a flavorful beer. Some smell of smoke and coffee malt; tastes of coffee and very slight bitter chocolate, some soy. Well done porter that is so easy to drink and maintains good flavor even as it warms to room temp. Has a slight bitter finish, not too dry a little more fig or raisin would have been perfect but still is an excellent brew!
degbert (1176) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours an almost-opaque brown-black with very faint garnet highlights. Head is brown, large-grained, and lacy; it has good duration. Nose is smoked latte, baking chocolate, and figs. Intensely roasty on the front of the tongue, with coffee, soy, savory, rosemary, unsweetened chocolate, and dried plum notes; the weight is correct for the style. This isn’t an imperial porter, it’s just an excellent regular porter. Finish is long, smoky, dry, and bitter. Very well made.
Beerhunter111 (8101) - Hasborn, GERMANY - SEP 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch röstmalzig, schokoladig, Kaffee. Geschmack röstmalzig, Schokolade, Kaffe, reife Früchte.
bartlebier (1884) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, from Mondial de la Bière, Mulhouse shop. Gorgeously velvet, deep brown pour with creamy thick tan head. Nose radiates freshness all over: blackened malts, freshly ground arabica beans, vanilla and red berry, given an extra peppery zing by garden herbs. Taste caters with an extraordinary subtlety and balance to the full spectrum of dry & roasted: more dark chocolate, given a luxurious edge countered by citrussy hops, freshly brewed coffee with an infusion of bayleaf and black pepper corn. Astringent, perfectly dry palate with medium mouthfeel. Lingering finish summmoning all aromas and tastes for a final victory lap on the smacking lips. A fine blackened specimen of oxymorontic NH Yankee subtlety and balance, covering more iconic bases of US brewing than many an amped & barreled ImpStout, and at half the abv ransom.