Marko (4301) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 25, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Courtesy of and shared with Hrabren, huge thanks! Small brownish tan head, OK retention. Pitch black body. Whoa... cocoa assault with some raisin undertones in the aroma, chocolate-covered cereal, but the barrel(s?) aren’t extremely evident, which is great, because the aroma is quite awesome. Creamy, fresh. Taste...ooooh.... again, dark chocolate owns this lovely, lovely brew. Sherry and cognac? Wouldn’t be able to tell. Nevertheless, this is insanely good. Silky, smooth, never overbearing, with the dark chocolate flowing seamlessly into a bitterish finish. Not bursting with complexity but wow... WOW! Maybe, maybe trace of citric tartness, subdued herbal notes woven perfectly into the silky, smooth, roasty bitter chocolate. Had 5 To Øl beers - all were from very good to fucking awesome. This is fucking awesome.
hrabren (143) - Zagreb, CROATIA - JUL 25, 2015
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
0.375 bottle from Hoppiness, Koper, Slovenia, shared with Marko. Black with frothy beige head. Dark chocolate and coffee aroma, milky. Creamy, bitter, dry, coffee, roasty character, full body, strong coffee-like dry finish. No fruit notes, just strong, dark aromas :) Excellent
Dalila4 (3) - ITALY - JUL 10, 2015 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Aroma: black bread, chocolate, coffee, honey, wood, cognac, herbs
Appearance: black with brown, thick and lasting head
Taste: well balanced between sweetness and bitterness
Palate: oily, average carbonation
reebtogi (4819) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
375ml bottle pours black in color with a finger and a half of light tan head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate with hints of coffee and cognac. Taste is a chocolate malty and cognac sweetness with a light hoppy and coffee bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty porter that suits the style very well. These days it seems that many porters taste like stouts and visa versa.
Countbeer (5316) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Served in a shaker:
Black beer. Brown head.
Aroma of cognac, roast, lacto, wood roast, liquorice, soap, bay leaf, liquor...
Flavours of roast, liquor, light spice, tar, light sharpness, malt roast, grain roast, tar, bay leaf, wood roast...
Aftertaste is bitter, roast, liquor, liquorice, quite deep dark ’n black....
Low carbo, light creamy mouthfeel, close to full bodied.
Not my favorite and quite a strange mix but also has a certain complexity which makes it this way...
kingvit (393) - - JUN 6, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: coffee, cherry, chocolate, smoke, cocoa, cognac, vanilla, lemon, grassy, herbal, licorice; Appearance: vanishing frothy head, pitch-black; Taste: intense bitterness, intense sourness, slight sweetness; Palate: long finish, medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation
Very dry, intensely warming and aromatic beer. Aroma suggests more alcohol than it actually has. Intensely hoppy, for those who like it rough.
Theydon_Bois (12736) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle split at LKS Towers, from BD Online, 05/05/15.
Black with a big ole tan covering.
Nose is rich roast, coffee, cocoa rub, toffee, dark fruits, spice.
Taste comprises light smoke, dark chocolate, liquorice, coffee, sherry soaked wood, light spice, charr.
Full bodied, fine carbonation, lightly warming booze in the close.
The_Osprey (3241) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle share, thanks to Colin. Black, big foamy brown head, full lacing. Aroma is quite light with some chocolate and a little sherry. Body is medium, foamy, touch of carbonation. Taste is milk chocolate, papery, twiggy, a little ash, soft bitterness. I really didn’t get much sherry or cognac. Had a bit of a watered-down vibe. Still, pretty good.
Swaroga (1758) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 11, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A very tasty beer. It’s round and balanced. Had a deep, deep chocolate flavor with a delicate touch of alcohol. Delicious. Aroma is chocolate, toffee and dairy with little grilles cheese. Taste is medium sweet and earthy but has a very delicate and still delicious aftertaste which is a plus. Good stuff. Barel aging is there but not overwhelming.
mR_fr0g (5394) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 6, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Leightons place. Thanks to Colin for this one. Opaque black coloured pour with an attractive, dark tan head. Aroma is big, chalky BLACK Malts, salty, cherry, red berry, raspberry. Nice stuff. Flavour is composed of dark malts, cherry, raspberry, hint of smoke, roast. Nice black forest gateau type thing. Palate is medium full, highish carbonation, tangy tart finish. Really solid.