gilvanblight (821) - Windsor, Ontario, - JAN 25, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Very dark yet clear pour. Lotes of bubbly head that seems like it wants to cling but canít quite pull it off. Smells like a porter. Coffee, malts, caramel, smokey, all those good things. Wow how odd. The taste doesnít match that at all. This beer is confused. Did they spend months perfecting the perfect íporter scentí while ignoring most of the taste. Thereís this taste there thatís not good that takes over. At first you get that smokiness, and a touch of burnt caramel. Then that taste. Based on past experience I think thatís the Trafalgar taste. Something someone that works there must like but Iím not a fan of. Based on the look of this I expected more. Not so great though. I would skip it giving another chance, it did smell good though.
AleRider78 (628) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice looking ceramic swing top bottle, so thatís probably 2$ right there. Poured an extremely pitch black colour and barely has any head, mostly large bubbles. Weak lacing. Mocha and malt aromas. A bit of caramel notes, nutty. Mild burnt smell, not offensive. Flavours of burnt roasted malts, wheats, mild cognac taste coming in the finish. Alcohol somewhat noticeable. Seems a bit watered down. More of an occasional type brew. Cognac becomes a bit more at the forefront when itís a bit warmer. Not that great, just ok. 1/14/2013
cyrenaica (1126) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml ceramic flip-top bottle
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
December 25, 2012
The beer pours a coca-colour colour with absolutely no head despite a vigourous pour. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, wood, and some smoke. No cognac from what I can smell. Mouthfeel is very thin (quite watery actually) for a porter with medium carbonation. Flavour is roasted malt, wood, and some alcohol. Not a lot in the way of coffee, especially when it can be accounted for from an olfactory standpoint.
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 26, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rustic clay flip-top bottle shared with TylerDurden. Medium brown with amber highlights. Aroma is quite chocolatey, with toffee notes too. Exceedingly thin mouthfeel with just the faintest hint of any cognac flavour, evident only after allowing the beer to come up in temperature. Not foul, but very disappointing.
DietPepsican (1586) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
5% barrel aged the fuck? Interesting. Brown pour with an off white head. Aroma screams tootsie rolls more than anything Iíve ever had. Some coffee, chocolate, and a bit of earthy bitterness. Flavor just doesnít work. Almost zero body on this. Light maple notes. Just too thin, a touch sweet.
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours an opaque black with a small amount of tan head that laces well. Smell is cognac, alcohol, and a bit of roastiness. Palate is on the lighter side of medium bodied with below average carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet at first, then doesnít really do anything, though gets a bit bitter in the aftertaste. Not bad, but just... thereís nothing there.
Boutip (5856) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Poured a clear dark color porter with a large dirty white foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light dry roasted malt with some light sweet notes and very subtle cognac notes. Taste is a mix between light dry roasted notes with light residual sugar notes and a vanilla and liquor. Body is indeed too thin for style with medium carbonation. Not as bad as expected but not as great either.
MikeRochon (23) - - FEB 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red, light brown with little head retention. Coffee, chocolate, a little sour/dried fruit, some burnt sugar and a hint of spice. Medium light bodied with a short finish, thin and not terribly pleasant. Not really sure what the cognac barrel contributed, a mediocre beer with a hugely inflated price tag.
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neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 mL bottle from the LCBO, served in a snifter. Pours clear reddish chestnut with a small tan head that fades quickly to a thin remnant and leaves a small amount of fine lace. On the nose, there are notes of oak, grapes, toffee and chocolate, with hints of vanilla and fruit. The flavour is dry with oaky, toasty malts and a touch of cocoa. The finish is long, dry and slightly bitter. On the palate, it is light in body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this one. The cognac is nice, but the body is too thin and plain for my taste. 2012-12-22
Phluid (1) - kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Very nice first notes, very flat second, but has a good finish. A bit pricey, but worth a try.
Metalchopz (3055) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin porter it is. But, it still has some decent characteristics. Nice ceramic bottle with swing-top from the LCBO. Pours a clean dark brown, see-through, with red highlights. Frothy beige head with average retention and a little lace. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits, caramel, with hints of burnt wood and the cognac alcohol warmth. Wet thin mouthfeel and the taste seems watered-down. Some roasted burnt malts show up in the finish thankfully. Notes of dark fruits, hop bitterness, watery molasses and coffee. This could of been much better, had it had a stronger alcohol content (to have more punch in the mouth). Still, worth trying.