thorongil2 (2209) - , Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) clear, bright very dark brown colour with a small brown head; aroma of smoked fruit, dried fruit; balanced flavour with a long, light bitter finish; smooth palate
AleRider78 (573) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a fairly big thick frothy brownish head and has a dark brown appearance. Some good sticky lacing remains. Aromas of coffee, malts, hints of spices as well as vanilla. Flavours are sweet at first (caramel) and the smokey notes come through much more in the finish. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Average retention.
Sammy (10885) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
LCBO slection. Very good smoked porter, nicely understated smoke. Good drinkability, smooth mouthfeel.
Geokkjer (7262) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle as smoked winter porter. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma of malt, some roasted notes, smoke and hay. Flavor is sweet and malty with some bacon, smoked notes, caramel and roasted notes. Medium body, average carbonation.
Metalchopz (3033) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a real dark brown colour with light ruby highlights. The head is creamy, bubbly, mocha-coloured, long lasting and leaves nice fluffy-creamy lace. Coffee aromas at first over roasted malts. Then, some smokiness and dark fruits appear. The taste really shows the smoked wood with the roasted malts. Some decent leafy hops shows up in the aftertaste, creating a little dryness. The mouthfeel itself is quite smooth, medium bodied. Everything is well-balanced without anything too strong, sticking out.
Nonshaugen (398) - Fetsund, NORWAY - FEB 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50 cl bottle with the "Smoked Winter Porter" label. Deep black, thin mocca coloured head. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, coffee and raisins. Rich mouthfeel, medium, but very pleasant, carbonation. Smoked flavour indeed, tobacco, dark chocolate, raisns and plums. Really nice manufactured porter, my first experience with the Thornbrifdge Brewery.
GregClow (3118) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 17, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Dark reddish-brown with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma of cocoa, roasted nuts, bit of damp earth, mild smokiness. Flavour of a solid porter - dark toffee, espresso, bit of cocoa and hazelnut - with a subtle but pleasant smoky backnote. A touch wore smoke wouldn’t be unwelcome, but it’s still very good.
blankboy (7146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle (500ml)] Pours a very dark brown with a lasting average size frothy tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma (7+) of toasted malt, lactic notes, nuts, light smoke, hints of coffee & chocolate and light hops. Flavour of toasted malt, lactic notes, light leafy hops, some coffee and nuts -- not much smoke if any in the flavour but it tastes good. Average to moderate bitter finish. Average bodied. Pretty good.
Raistlin (273) - London, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma: smoked flavours, beacon, bread, rye malts. Appearance: dark, hazy brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: intense malts coming up, bread, cereals, smoked flavours, soft carbonation, medium body. Loved it.
probstblueribbon (3678) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle from LCBO, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Deep brown-black with a prolific deep tan head.
Aroma: Grape jelly and other fruitiness, light phenolic/peaty smoke, limited roasted malt character.
Palate: Medium+ body, fairly smooth with a few prickly bubbles.
Flav.: A bit more roasted malt and a bit less fruitiness, smoke remains restrained; dry with moderate bitterness and a mixture of restrained dark-roasted malt and smokiness.