tiong (5842) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 26, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 14.03.15 - Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, hops, grass, herbal notes, hints of spices and pine. Taste is smooth, hoppy and roasty with some herbal notes, pine, licorice, ash and grass. Finish is smooth, roasty and hoppy with some herbal notes, pine and licorice. Pretty smooth and balanced hoppy porter that feels almost like a black IPA.
Earlier Rating: 7/31/2013 Total Score: 3.7
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 27.05.2013, BBE 27.05.2014 - Pours pitch black with a tiny white head. Aroma of grainy malts, some roastiness, grassy and resinous hops. Taste is grainy, roasty and quite hoppy with notes of some fruity and resinous hops and coffee. Finish is fruity, hoppy and grassy with notes of bitterness, roastiness and coffee. Quite nice and tasty hoppy porter.
Earlier Rating: 5/17/2013 Total Score: 3.8
330ml bottle from Ales by Mail
Bottled 18.12.12 - Pours pitch black with a sticky white head. Aroma of roasted malts, salty licorice, leather, some grassy hoppiness and fruits. Taste is roasty, slightly salty and bitter with some grassy hoppiness and hints of fruits and licorice. Finish is roasty with hints of licorice and chocolate, and some nice bitterness. Quite nice, dark and roasty porter with some bitter hoppiness.
Earlier Rating: 5/30/2014 Total Score: 3.8
330ml bottle (as Centennial, Chinook, Bramling Cross) from Ales by Mail
Bottled 03.01.14 - Pours pitch black with a smooth light brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, grassy hops, coffee, citrus and dark chocolate. Taste is smooth, roasty and salty with some grassy hoppiness, loads of coffee, dark chocolate and licorice. Finish is salty, bitter and roasty with some grassy hoppiness and licorice. Quite salty and grassy porter.
oliodnb (634) - ITALY - JUN 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
33cl bottle. Pours black with an awesome thick brown head. Aroma is roasted malts, some coffee, light licorice and vanilla, citrusy hoppy notes. Taste is roasted malts, ground coffee, bitter chocolate, some vanilla again. Dry hoppy bitter finish with vegetal and roasted flavors. Full body, smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation. Very good.
aleigator (644) - GERMANY - JUN 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Many thanks to Gavin for the bottle
Pours a black color, with a medium, brown head.
Smells unusual hoppy for this style of beer, with grassy oranges among, roasted, smoky, salt topped dark malts. Results into a beautiful nose featuring soft bakers chocolate, infused with orange- and lemon peel.
Drinks outstandingly smooth with a lower carbonation, featuring a dough creaminess.
Tastes of toasty, earthen malts, which got a subtle toffee sweetness to them, as well as a salty minerality. On top of that settles a whiff of earthy coffee and a fruity, orange defined hoppiness. The hops turn a tad grassier during the beers finish, while they blend very well into a pleasant, slightly dry coffee bitterness, without getting less creamy.
Fantastic balanced, smooth and versatile porter. Almost reminds me of a black Ipa with a good amount of roast to it, while it features a creamy smoothness and remains sessionable.
Towey1989 (1450) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at The Roebuck, Leek (Titanic) A black colour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, some earthy hops, cocoa, ash and slight prune. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, cocoa, ash, earthy hops, subtle fruit and a hint of grapefruit. Medium bodied and moderate carbonation. A roasted, cocoa bitterness in the finish. More like a stout than a porter, a lot of roasted and earthy flavours, deep and complex. Really like this.
mike_77 (4800) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with thick creamy head. Initially the roasted malts come through well but the finish is dominated by strong, bitter, piney hops.
McTapps (6324) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from a trade. The beer has got a deep black colour with a low head and medium body. Mild carbonation. Aroma of coffee and malt. Taste of malt, barley, mild hops, caramel, mild fruits and dark bread. Smooth finish. Enjoyed it.
MichaelAwesome (6289) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAY 27, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dieses Porter hat mich mit einer gewissen Hofigkeit und Frische ueberrascht, die hinten raus recht wuerzig abschloss. Daneben eine angenehme Perlung, knackige Bitterkeit und recht trocken am Gaumen. Gute Sache.
rami_pl (1373) - Warszawa, POLAND - MAY 21, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
z kranu, Jabeerwocky. bardzo fajna piana, bardzo czarne piwo. aromaty intensywne - palone, czekoladowe, kakaowe, kawowe, orzechowe, zywiczne , nawet gdzies w tle jakis cytrus sie palęta... smak tez bardzo bogaty, glownie palonosc, kawa... wysoka dosc goryczka (oczywiscie jak na porter wysoka), troszke kwaskowatosci (sladowo), nie malo slodyczy. W ustach sporo ciala, ale bardzo szybko znika z pokala. Klasa.
ManVsBeer (7656) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 20, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg @ Old Gate, Hebden Bridge. Black with a thin off-white head. Has a light roasted malt aroma, but is much more stated in its taste and lingers in the palate.
Mr_Pink_152 (3120) - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - MAY 16, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2015 Bottle from Gonzo Beer, Coventry. This one had .Chinook, Summit and Apollo hops. Very nice porter. Almost black a touch of ruby and a thin tan head. Aroma is fruity roasted malt and big coffee. Taste is a touch sweet but with a smokey bitter finish.