ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated 3/17/13. 12 oz bottle says 5.7%. Poured into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity for the style. The head is a two finger mocha shade. It takes a while for the head to recede away, and it leaves beautiful lacing down the glass.
S: This one is very forward in coffee, dry chocolate, roasted barley, and slight hop qualities. The hops come across in a faded manner - and honestly, that’s a good thing.
T: The strongest note here is that of roasted barley, creating a coffee expression when mixed with the (faded) hops. The hops do come across a bit citrusy on the back end, but it’s balanced with the rich unsweetened chocolate and coffee flavors. I’d say this is the perfect age for this one (two months before the best by date) - some hoppiness is there, just doing enough to balance any malty sweetness without providing an overbearing acidic nature.
M: I like how balanced the mouthfeel is: it’s dry enough to be easy to drink, yet there’s enough of a lingering flavor to interest the palate. It could use a bit more body, but that’s just nitpicking, really.
O: Not much to say here, it’s a great porter that I’ve been ignoring for far too long. As I said before, this bottle is at the perfect age for consumption.
teorn88 (3121) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
33cl bottle from Grand Cru, Rimini. It pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aroma is nice roasted malt and espresso, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet and medium roasty and bitter, with notes of roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso, earth. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, very nice
dhatton (46) - Mendham, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep brown, almost black, body with dark tan head. Caramel nose with a metallic copper aspect and pleasant roasted malts. Big coffee flavor; very earthy and nutty. Some subtle floral hoppy notes progressively developed. Smooth tasty porter.
DerWeg (1525) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice full porter without edging into sugary sweet malt, keeps a good balance and has a perfect hop counterpoint. Brown pour with (as I said) rich detailed and hoppy-bready aroma. Taste is full and complex with a good palate. I’m getting the toffee and hints of demerera-molasses flavors, some dark fruit, mild coffee and chocolate but not too roasty, not really a sour componenent but the dryness is enough, herbal hops tucked in there, really tasty. Worth stocking up on a few.
tekstr1der (23) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Roasted malt nose, dark opaque black with brown head. Strong malt up front with lingering coffe and some hops to finish. Delightful stuff.
Listigovers (369) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thick and rich roasted malt aroma, black with a thick dense brown head. Medium to full bodied, very creamy, big flavour, lots of roasted malt, a prickle of hop, long aftertaste. Nice.
Zwiebel88 (217) - GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
So geht Porter. Kakao en masse, Bitterschokolade, dunkle früchte. Kaffeebitterkeit im Geschmack, Schokolade, Cremigkeit, recht stark karbonisiert.
KarenShuttle (11) - - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malts evident in aroma, with hops, rich and smooth flavor. The bitterness is spot on for an American Robust Porter.
rougeau13 (2038) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a great big frothy tan head. Aroma of roast, coffee, chocolate. Tastes roasty and moderately bitter and chocolatey. Pretty full, creamy body. Very nice.
robinvboyer (3264) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
6er from the lcbo. Outstanding roasty aroma, slight amounts of coffee, just alot of dark, slightly sweet roast. The flavour was a really great amount if piney hops, with alot more roast, with toiches of soy, and coffee. Outstanding porter.
LizMeade (11) - - DEC 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark malts, and a touch of esters in the aroma. Darker than tan somewhat fizzy head. Taste of smoked malt and coffee with chocolate. Nice american robust porter, with hops to support the sweetness.