Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Distinctive medicine style bottle. More amber in color than most porters. Head is a soapy tan with plenty of retention. Aroma is a delightful dark fruit. Plums and raisins abound and a hint of smoke is an undertone. Flavor is more tart than expected and plenty smoky. It is a sweet beer, though, and the malt takes some different turns. Interestingly, the malt flavor that is most common appears while licking the lips after a drink. Dark fruit can be found but it is underneath. Chocolate and coffee are also found. More of the dark fruit makes its way to the taste buds late in the glass. Mostly this porter has a smoky tart flavor and a little less hops would be an improvement. It is an interesting beer to rate in that I really like everything about it except the flavor. The flavor is good but after the other categories it is a disappointment.
alexsdad06 (5335) - Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a reddish brown color with a small beige head. The aroma and flavor have mild roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of tart fruit, light herbal hops, mild bitterness to the finish, light bodied, ok but the stout is better.
HoppyScallywag (62) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is not very good.....I'm getting over a cold but it just doesn't get high points from me. I love these bottles. They're like old medicine bottles. I'm not a big fan of the beers inside though....lol. I had a grapefruit ale the other night and it wasn't a stunner either. Just not refined enough. Glad I tried it, but not going to get it again
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Calisky (530) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUN 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur sombre trouble. Nez de malt grillé. Goult leger de malt grillé, corps leger, m’attendais a mieux. Mais bonne qd meme.
jmgreenuk (4074) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at The Fiddler, Den Haag. Poured a clear dark brown with a frothy white head. The aroma is red berry fruit, roasted malt. The flavour is medium bitter, light sweet with a smooth caramel, fruit, light hop bitter palate but with a lingering bitter finish. Medium bodied with average carbonation.
MarcoDL (2056) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark beer, with some sweetish malty notes of coffee and cacao. Not very complex, quite easy to drink.
Lore (994) - Budapest, HUNGARY - JUN 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark brown colour, beige creamy head; roasted malty aroma with some floral and earthy notes and ash;taste of burnt sugar and malt - not too complex porter
Dohny (207) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from bottle. Clear dark brown color with tan head. Aroma of caramel, wort. Flavor follows aroma, roasted malts are present also. Medium body, medium carbonation. Bitter finish.
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Gurthnar (1534) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Aroma dry roasted and chocolate. Quite dry. Clear very dark colour. Off-white head. Taste is again quite dry from the beginning. Roasted and dark chocolate, somewhat simple, but really effective and tasty. Easily drinkable with a dry roasted finish.
The Etruscan (506) - Tuscany, ITALY - MAY 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light brown weak head. Mahogany colour. Aroma is malty with dried fruits, raisins, coffee and caramel notes. Flavor is malty too with red fruits and caramel tones, ending in a moderately roasty and fruity finish. Medium bodied.
Douberd (2070) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, 500 ml, poured into a snifter. ANB 5.1%
Darl mahogany brown colour on the body, tall light beige head, thick, with very good retention, leaving light lacing on the glass.
Aroma of burnt caramel, light honey notes, berries, grapes.
Taste follows, mostly sweet, caramel, some hops, hints of honey and molasses, berries, a hint of citrus acidity, faint roasted malts. Mildly bitter on the aftertaste, it doesn’t need more in my opinion.
Medium thin body, low carbonation, quite dry palate.
Not your usual porter but very good nevertheless, very interesting.