yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
50 cL bottle. Pours black to dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is roasted malty and slight toffee caramelish. Sweet, roasted and malty flavoured. Bitter, dark malty, toffee and roasted finish. Solid and lasting hoppy dry bitter finish.
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of yespr. Pours an almost clear dark brown with an orange hue and a creamy beige head. Hard roast nose with some raisins. Medium body, burned malts and dark fruits, some vanilla too. Quite some malt astringency. 171210
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown ruby color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma. Roasted malty chocolate flavor with hints of caramel. Has a warming roasted malty chocolate finish.
joergen (21507) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle in a hotel room in London.
Hazy red brown coloured with a medium sized beige head.
Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits and liquorice.
Sweet and roated flavour of liquorice, dark chocolate and hops.
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A Sim rate (bottle from Sourced): Aroma is very herbal - camomile, fennel, mint. It’s parsley and thyme. Almost a Simon & Garfunkel tune. There’s a slight smokiness there too. Appearance is an almost opaque dark brown. The head and lace have lasted for over half an hour, so I’m impressed with that. Fizzy palate. The flavour is very bitter at first - coffee, roasty, toasted sugar. The bitterness follows through to a malty finish. Salty aftertaste. Soy sauce. It’s nice, but I wouldn’t rave over it.
planky84 (2143) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Utobeer Market Stall. Black pour with a beige head. Coffee, chocolate, smoke and cinnamon nose. Coffee very prominent in the nose. Chocolate, smoky aromas with a light bitterness. Dry, roasty finish.
theSlipperyPen (240) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A dark red-brown porter with a finger of light tan to off white head leaves a complex lacing on the glass then sends its aromas of coffee, chicory and port to the nose. Dusty hops, ash and a light yeast funk give the beer an earthy edge which rings true for its London origin. In the mouth is has a soft, almost watery, bitterness. Then comes roasted malt, burnt popcorn, chocolate, coffee and those aged hops. There is tobacco and also a metallic or rubbery taste. Yet this beer wears these flavours well, melding them together with molasses and an increasingly prominent liqourice. The mouth feel is silken with a low carbonation; the body is medium thin. Its finish is mild and tart; it has a note here of some Flemish brown ales. Perhaps it has a smokiness more common to stouts and perhaps it lacks certain vinous qualities expected of a porter, but nonetheless it’s smooth, enjoyable and carefully balanced.
Scopey (7413) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 30, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml bottle from Kernel brewery shop. Pours very dark brown, thin beige-coloured head. Nose; bitter chocolate, coffee, salty, caramel. Taste; coffee, slightly astringent, resin, liquorice, very dry finish.
harrisoni (14132) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Very very dark brown. Lasting beige head. Lovely roast, I mean really roasted. I love it. Really good hard roast. Touch of sour on finish.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010
Hoppy aroma. Mid brown coloured fruity and hoppy with a hint of bitterness in a dry malt finish.