Alengrin (1350) - BELGIUM - AUG 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Robust porter and, like their Imperial IPA, launched in 2009; Viven had consisted of rather unobtrusive, cliché beers up till then, but with these two, they suddenly drew a lot of - deserved - attention. Yellowish, thin, moussy head, very dark wine-red colour, almost black, clear. Aroma of smoked bacon, dates, olives, balsamic vinegar, coffee grounds, Worcestershire sauce, stewed beef, charcoal, candied plums. Rich malty taste, caramel, nutty, smoked and roasted bitterness, dry, long and complex, bitter ending further supported by a citrussy, American hoppiness. Wonderful, I wish there were more beers like this available from Belgian brewers.
mikske79 (1118) - Puerto Plata, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2014
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 2/20
Ik drink al niet zo graag Porter-bieren en dit was geen uitzondering, ik vond het echt niet lekker
martjoobolut (673) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33L bottle, BB 08.01.16. Pours dark brown-black with tan head. The head stays. Aroma is roast, fruits, creamy, some smoke. Flavor is bitter & sweet, intense roast, fruits, licorice, smoke, ash. Palate is creamy. Finish is creamy roast bitter with some sweet notes. Overall: very nice brew.
kapusil (592) - HUNGARY - AUG 15, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.33l bottle. Pitch black body, light brown head. Aroma of smoke, leather, coffee and earth. Taste of smoke, coffee, reisins and floral hops. Very nice smoked beer.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Deep brown with a small fading head and not much lace. Now this is smoke! Lovely smoked nutty and dried dark fruit characteristics. Earthy and woody. Nice and surprisingly smooth drinker. Just spot on classic smoked beer... Why isn’t this listed as a smoked beer?
Vignale (2037) - Malmö, SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flaska från bier-deluxe. En stabil strong porter från Viven som sannerligen inte gör speciellt belgisk öl. Alla typiska portersmaker, värmande alkohol, fruktig, kaffe, mörkt rågbröd, soja, torv, relativt söt, lätt beska. Riktigt god.
Rasmus40 (11092) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Det Bette Ølhus. Black with a big and lasting brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, lots of smoked meat and hard roasted malt. Flavor is quite sweet and rather bitter. Dry and roasted rather bitter finish. 060814
adasko (278) - Poznan, POLAND - AUG 5, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
In aroma it has dark, tanned, sweet malts. It’s totally black, non-transparent, nice beige head and lacing. In taste it’s very tanned and has a notes of dark chocolate. It has rather small body and it’s a bit to much carbonated, what I don’t like so much in porters. But in the end it has this super cool aftertaste of this dark chocolate.
Cuso (4437) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 3, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from bier-deluxe.de. Almost black color with huge beige head. Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate in aroma. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, ash, wood. Coffee bitter finish. Tasty.
spacecube (824) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle, pours black with a tan head, aroma is chocolate malt, roasty and light smoky, palate is a thinnish.