Cantabrian (670) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Kudos to the old Baltic pirate for exploring another inlet within the vast extension of the Baltic Porter Seas. After the sweet, cloying, brownish Hanse Porter, this Stark Bier goes further towards the other end of the style. It never really gets there though. Although nice and dark, almost black, with a decent, beige head, it is still sweet and extremely malty, with caramels, roasts, ashes, nuts and some smoke on the flavour and aroma. Not much of dark chocolates behind the mentioned flavours and aromas. This ship never reaches those boggy shores for the fruitiness of lingonberries and the tartness of cranberries. There’s indeed a pinch of saltiness in the finish, but it is overshadowed, or better – over diluted – by the rather thin, watery body. I’d like to see more of an oily, slick feel. We’d expect more adventure, blood, decapitations, from a brewery such as Stoertebeker.
Martinus (2520) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - OCT 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear black colour, firm beige head. Aroma of chocolate, Schwarzbrot, caramel and molasses. Sweetish flavour, malts, caramel and banana. Finish caramel, banana and malts. Not my favourite porter, in my perception it’s even closer to a bock than to a porter.
(From 50cL bottle @ joes’ place. Shared by DutchDrebus, thanks!)
MiP (12839) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 7.5%. Nicely roasted aroma. Roast coffee and a hint of salt liquorice.Almost black colour. Brown shine, seems clear. Good light brown head, semi-stable. The flavour starts off lagery, turning nicely roasted and bready. Like a strong Schwarzbier. A little salty in the finish, and also has some earthy notes, perhaps a little horse.
Bamsen78 (1957) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy very dark brown with airy light tan head. Clear aroma of malt and caramel with notes of roast and fruit. Bitter, roasty flavour, with sweet notes of caramel and malt, and touches of dark chocolate. Subtle hints of liquorice in the rather roasty finish. Nice, if a trifle watery.
Countbeer (3654) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a taster:
Medium to smaller sized creamy beige foamy head on top of a ruby brown colored beer.
Aromas of maple syrup, some molasses, some cofffee, some chalk, mushrooms and some malts.
Flavours of toast, roast, molasses, chalk, bark toast, some bitters, light creamy, some coffee and hay toast.
Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, toast, roast, some coffee, some malts.
Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium to fuller bodied and a creamy bit thinner texture.
DutchDrebus (3077) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ joes. Dark brown colour, small off-white head. Smells sweet, malts, barnyard. Tastes chocolate, roasty, nesquik.. Pretty nice. Medium body, nice carbo.
Benzai (5733) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - OCT 24, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle shared by Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Dark brown color, small beige head. Smell malts, some caramel. Taste malts, caramel, slightly sweet. Average body, a bit soft carbonation. Meh.
kevnic2008 (6588) - Baden-Baden, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown pour with medium sized tan head. Aroma of malt, coffee and chocolate. Taste of malts, chocolate, hint of coffee and caramel
McTapps (2315) - Ruhrgebiet, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I actually expected something like a Heller Bock before opening the bottle and therefore I was quite surprised of this deep black brew with smooth body and very low head that came out of the bottle. The nose was okay, but high malty with some hints of nuts. Taste is alright as well: Bittersweet chocolate, sweetened espresso, brown sugar and caramel. Hints of leaves. The finish is quaffable but little bit too malty for me. Anyway, certainly q good beer.
MichaelBruch (2184) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ein wunderbares Porter. In der Nase mir viel Karamell und Röstnoten gesegnet, zur Mitte hin süß und zum Abschluss auch. Es bleibt einzig die Frage, ob Zucker zugesetzt wurde. Ansonsten süß und süffig. Echt nett.