brokensail (11821) - Orange County, California, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The pour is a dark amber color with about a finger of off-white head.
S: Lots of malty sweetness with a definite dark fruit aroma which consists mostly of plums, black cherries, and raisins. There is a mild roasted malt quality and some nice toffee, chocolate, and caramel.
T: While the beer smells nice, there is a bit of a cardboard flavor to it. The sweetness is still there with plenty of toffee, chocolate, and caramel, along with the fruitiness. A mild to moderate roasted malt quality and a fair amount of yeast.
M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.
O: Smelled quite nice and tasted pretty good as well. Not a bad beer.
Cybercat (3571) - Georgia, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is smoky and chocolaty with yeast and caramel hints. It pours a dark chocolate brown that is opaque save at the edges and has a very thick, if not persistent, tan head - the sample I got fizzed like nobody’s business. Oh noes, wasted beer! Satisfying flavor is malty with smoky, chocolate and nutty tones and just a touch of caramel. Texture is quite fizzy, leaving behind a rather persistent tingle.
drjay44 (2768) - Salida, Colorado, USA - APR 3, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. flip top ceramic bottle. Pours a fluffy, rapidly collapsing, tiny bubbled, light beige head, over a clear dark amber (SRM 12) body...nose is dusty, musty, light toffee/caramel, bit of plum and raisin...taste is light malts with an astringent sharp herbal bite, finishing with a mild bitterness....mouth feel is on the light side, carbonation very high. This is a harsh, simple Belgian Ale. I wonder if the bottle was mishandled. BJCP 6/3/10/4/6
RedSox2004 (1349) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep mahogany reddish brown with a gigantic tan head that left good lace and a solid film. Caramel malt aromas were strong and accompanied by dark fruit like figs and dates. Buttery and caramel malt flavors up front with a sharp hops bite. Belgian yeast and nuttiness are also present. Medium to full body, nicely carbonated, buttery smooth mouthfeel, and a lingering caramel sweetness.
madmitch76 (16335) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
18th February 2009
Hazy dark brown beer. Good off white head. Quite crisp for a porter, good sharp carbonation. Not bitterness or smokyness, just good smooth malt with a vague streak of marmite.
CanIHave4Beers (3399) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big ceramic bottle under the "Hoogstraten" name. Pours a deep red with a medium head. The aroma has some molasses and fruit with a nice earthy maltiness. The flavor is deeply malty with some brown sugar and spicy hops. The beer is fruity enough and well balanced with a mild bitterness.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark with a light tan, and thick head. Faint chocolate aroma with some type of yeast aroma mixed in. Taste is a twangy, sour-like and roasted malt mix. It definitely has that Belgian twang to it. It’s very good, though the finish has some metallic hints to it. I’ll probably try this one again.
gringo332 (549) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ceramic bottle 750 ml.Pours reddish brown with a big off-white.Aroma is fruity ,spice ,yeast and bubblegum.Flavor is chocolate malt , sweet and spicy.Notes of Belgian yeast.Dry and bitter finish. Medium body .Ok beer
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear burnt ambers, garnets, and mahogany settle under a minuscule head corralled by a thin off-white fence. Intriguingly enough, when I swirl her depths she puffs up a more impressive head than during her initial pour. I’m certainly not complaining, and as I breathe in her nose, she opens up all her berryrificness for my selfish indulgence. Dark fruits and berries, blueberries especially, abound along with apples and burnt sugar crunchies. Her nose is crisp and inviting which I take note of as I proceed to wet eager lips. Bitter skins in the finish while crisp fall apples fresh from the orchard fill her every nook and cranny of her palate. Peaches, cherries, and blueberries accent the apples for a fall fruit festival while other than fruit skin bitterness, she enjoys very little finish. No dark pitted fruits to really speak of and even though black plums flitter in and out of the blueberry essence, they are never really enough for me to put my tongue on. Refreshingly quaffable, at this time of my initial tasting and Poorter ignorance, it was evident that while she wasn’t a porter in any way, shape, or form, she was still mighty tasty. It didn’t take long to empty my taster glass, but thankfully there was more left in the bottle and soon my glass was full once more.
anders37 (17904) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish/brown color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Sweetish fruity malty caramel flavor with some spicy hints. Has a sweetish malty spicy caramel finish.