stravale (1895) - Near Carrick-on-Shannon, IRELAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2014
Bottle @ Hanly’s Bar, Strokestown
Black, clear, ruby edges, thin tan head
Aroma of dark malts, caramel, soft mellow roast, chocolate, lots of dark caramel, dark sugars
Taste - nice smooth dark malts, chocolate, caramel, soft mellow roast, some milk sugars?, really good
Palate - Soft carb, medium body, fairly oily. Quite sweet dark malts palate. Finish very smooth, noce rich sweet dark malt lingering finish
Overall - One of the best Irish porters at it’s ABV range
Keg @ The Brew Dock, Dublin  6/3/7/3/14 3.3
Very dark brown, dark caramel edges, thin tan head
Aroma of soft roast, dark toasted malts, some bitter hop
Taste of roasted malts, dark sweet malts, some bitter hops in there, touch of molasses
Palate - Medium carb and body, bit too fizzy, Finish of dark smooth roasted malts
Overall - Must re-rate on cask or bottle...I don’t think keg dispense really suits this beer
northropfrye (1946) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 16, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark, looks like a Guinness. Sweet aroma, buttery. Taste is also dominated by a sweet butteryness and a touch of smoke. Maybe some vanilla.
mzaar (1366) - Varberg, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
På fat @ The Black Sheep, Dublin. Nästan helt svart med litet smutsvitt skum. Arom av mörk choklad, soja, lakrits och röda bär. Kaffe, m choklad, röda bär i smaken. Torr, men kolsyrig, munkänsla. Skön beska.
goozen (2724) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at O’Neills, Dublin: Almost black coloured brew with an great taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and some vanilla.
Dogbrick (7244) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Opaque brownish-black pour with a medium foamy tan head that recedes steadily. Small patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast malt and chocolate. Light-bodied with a roasty character and flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and a touch of vanilla. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The head is robust, the body dark red almost black. It smells roasty, coffee, a bit creamy, aromatic. The taste is roasty, coffee, a bit sweet-coffee, less chocolate, tasty. Good basis, but it could be still more intensive. 12/12/11/12/-/12
Decman (21) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 22, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark Arts is undoubtedly Trouble Brewing’s biere de resistance. Pouring a dark, borderline black colour, with a thin, light brown head, Dark Arts goes down a treat, with a coffee-like aroma and a delicately smooth roasted, chocolately taste. Highly recommended.
MoreBeer4me (1) - Ennis, IRELAND - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong aroma of coffee. Smooth, The head does not stay long enough. Overall a fine porter.
Creedence (282) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 16, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask at Porterhouse Cork. I’ve had it on draught and bottle before but it just doesn’t compare. Pours a deep black with a thick foamy off-white head. Smells of smoked coffee, tastes smokey with a nice light sweetness, strong coffee and dark chocolate with vanilla overtones. Quite a heavy body, almost closer to a dry stout than a porter. No bitter aftertaste, just leaves a lingering sweetness that leaves you wanting a second (to which I duly obliged). Jaw-droppingly good and very close to perfection.
SudsMcDuff (5658) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had on Draft @ the Village Inn in Celbridge town centre .. . deep brown black .. medium foam .. mild mouth .. deep tar and mild sweet charcoal .. . an easy going porter, i enjoyed it .. . Bathroom etiquette - Piss really hard at the urinal so it goes all over you and the person you are standing next to.