mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[4969-20121123] Ceramic bottle. Smoky wood aroma has a strange poopy note. Clear, dark amber body with medium-lasting foamy off-white head. Smoked toasted grainy malt flavour. Medium body. Tasty and enjoyable, which is surprising. (6/4/7+/3/15) 3.5
(c/o tupalev, w/ him, jercraigs)
Radek Kliber (7086) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: coffee , dry roast , slight woody notes , hint of licorice decently rounded.
Look: hazed dark brown with lighter beige top. 3+
Taste/Palate: medium bodied , softer feel. Touch of ash , woody feel , slight nutty elements. Cognac feel is there , balanced that is part of base beer. Good.
bdettweiler (57) - KITCHENER, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from ceramic swing top bottle a very dark brown - almost black with a thick but quickly subsiding beige head leaving behind thick lacing. Aroma of coffee, mocha and smoky wood. Medium bodied, slightly syrupy and almost flat. Taste is sweet, sour and bitter, none really standing out until the finish with sourness fading slower than other elements. Oak and mocha dominate the flavours with some caramel. Overall, not bad, but not exactly impressive either.
Tessic (1027) - Brantford, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This porter poured a deep amber colour with a soapy head. To the nose there are scents of brandy, rum, cocoa and caramel. First sip was thin and a little watery with flavours of coffee, brandy, caramel and roast. Finish is roasty with light flavours of brandy and a little smoke. Slightly bitter palate.
asheft (2922) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
[bottle at BJCP study session]
Faintly oaky vanilla aroma with some butterscotch and chocolate and sour, fruity hops. Clear, ruby-black under tan wisps and a ring. Chocolate flavour fades quicly to mineral water and sour hops. Low bitterness. Clean finish, thin, moderate to medium carbonation.
Boutip (5795) - 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.
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012-11-23. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Dry dusty roast, modest alcohol. Very dry flavour, dusty roast, odd, strangely earthy quality to the roast. Average bodied palate is thin for a porter. It is actually much better than expected, but it was very much not to my own tastes today. Bottle shared by Tupalev
Lanchester (191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with deep ruby highlights, topped with a thin, foamy head that quickly vanishes. Light roasted note in the aroma, along with hints of wood, vanilla and coconut...not very pronounced. Light maltiness up front on the flavor carries into subtle sweet toffee and vanilla notes, finishes a tad on the bitter side. Too watery and thin on the palate, flavor profile seems diluted. Not a bad brew overall, just not that memorable in comparison to other examples of the style.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bouteille 500ml en céramique. De couleur brune très foncée et claire. Nez de malt rôti, de café, léger de chocolat noir avec des notes de fumée de bois ainsi que des traces de vanille, de houblon herbeux et de caramel toffee brûlé. Moyenne-mince en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-doux ainsi qu’une texture légèrement crémeuse et aux notes aqueuses. Léger goût de fumée de bois avec des traces de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt rôti avec des notes de chocolat noir et quelques traces de caramel toffee terreux et brûlé puis en finale l’on retrouve un très léger goût de café avec des notes de houblon herbeux. Post-goût moyen, légèrement amer de rôti avec des notes de café et de houblon herbeux.
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