cheap (4051) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
In a ceramic flip top bottle, only to find out haagstraaten is sterkins. Not as dark as most porters. Light rootbeer w/foam head. Spicey perhaps clove aroma. Wierd like unsweetend iced tea. Odd flavors, nothing like american porters. Very unique. Donít think this is actually a porter, and oh I see it is a belgy ale. Hides the 6.5% rather well.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ceramic flip-top bottle. With a recent price reduction, I decided to pull the trigger and get this one and came home, cooled it down and enjoyed it very much. The beer pours out a deep amber brown body, mostly hazed with a creamy 1" rocky head. Clearly different from most porters, as the body looked like it came from a soda can. Aroma is dominated by the dried dark fruits (raisins, figs) black walnuts and roasted malts. Bitter chocolate, yeast, light raisins, caramel and slightly nutty on the finish. Carbonation seemed a tad overboard for the style, and wasnít very enjoyable on that note. Overall, really nice but the price does seem rather high.
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
As Hoogstraten Poorter. Pours a hefty near-opaque brown with a large beige head that collapses after a moment. Aroma is mostly dusty, papery, with just a touch of dates, thatís all. Flavor is indeed porterish with a good helping of generic dark malts, very easy on the hop level. A black olive flavor comes and goes. Nothing really stands out in the flavor, just very pleasant from start to finish. The mouthfeel is the highlight here; creamy and heavy, lingering aftertaste. Sort of a porter/Belgian hybrid here; a Belgian Porter if I may. I should have this again sometime. Overall, very good minus.
Taverner (1095) - San Ramon, California, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a beautiful beer - appearance-wise. Pours a rubyish-brown clear with tan head from ceramic bottle. Aroma is must and dark fruit. Flavor is sweet, finishing dry, with not much flavor body or anything. Strange - because the lead-up on this one was strong.
SSSteve (3768) - - OCT 6, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
ceramic bottle. pours a clear brown under a huge beige head. aroma is light and has hints of plums and caramel. plummy dark fruit flavors with a almond butter, toffee note. sweet with low carbonation. light to medium body. overall, not worthy of such a fancy bottle. i am enjoying the mystique of the unspecified brewing location....no, not really.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a brune body with a tan head. Malty body some chocolate notes, a nutty body almond and dried fruits. Full body with a sweeter toffee finish. Nice.
Fratto (2616) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hoogstraten bottle from the Saucer. Tasted a lot like the Flensburger beers, but good instead of awful. Bad ass stone bottle.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Appearance: Pours out a hazed, deep, dark amber body with a wispy, whitish head.
Smell: Sweetish, fairly fruity nose with notes of raisins and dried apricots at the fore with toasted malts and standard sugar in the back.
Taste: Toasty, faintly nutty malts with a solid bump of candyish sweetness. As is the case with the nose, itís quite fruity. Essentially no hop character or bitterness. Vaguely sweetish and fruity on the otherwise hohum finish. Itís sweet and then itís gone.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: Entirely unimpressive and not a beer I could honestly recommend; itís one of those beers that were it not for these notes, I would have absolutely no memory of this thing.
TheCaptain (613) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pop top crock type bottle, another in this Belgian series. Dark ruddy brown pour with a thin off white head. Light on the nose with some spice and earthy wheat blending into the pallet, malts and bread. A slight roast with some bitterness towards the end. Decent drinker.
Butters (3762) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Semi-clear brown pour with large fading khaki head. Sweet chocolate cherry aroma. Brown sugar, soy, molassis, anise flavors. Very belgian in nature, not a porter. Earthy bitter finish. Medium full body with a creamy carbonation. Cool ass ceramic swing-top.