Trappistenbier (52) - - MAR 24, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Viven Porter, a SMOKED Porter at 7.0 vol%. This is the first commercially available smoked porter made inside Belgium! A revelation!
Notice the care that’s been taken for the image.
Black lettered labels and capped with a black crown cork.
This beer pours completely black !
The foam is creamy and brown colored. Folks, that’s already a sign of quality !
Now, this is stunning folks !
I already had this beer at the Bruges Beer Fest, and was already surprised by it.
This time, some bottle conditioning has even done some more complexity.
Nosing immediatly gives roasty and smokey accents, and this in perfect harmony with - again - fruity yeasty flavours.
Tasting gives a very thick beer. Wow, what a dense liquid.
I taste sweetness, smokey malt flavours, tobacco, fruits (plums-raisins-dried fruit), roasty malts, coffee.
Again, an amazing brew this is from Dirk Naudts.
Leepe_steven (179) - Lede, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black beer with one finger tanned head. Aroma has some coffee and a roastiness to it. Taste is the same. Bitter and dry finish.
Tselloufc88 (196) - Coventry, West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 23, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Merchants, Rugby. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, slight smoke note. Taste is creamy, coffee, smoky wood. Decent stuff. This belies the 7% ABV.
superspak (3065) - Michigan, USA - MAR 17, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 5/26/2016. Pours pitch black color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char, light dark fruit, light pepper, and roast/smoke/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light dark fruit, light pepper, light char, and roast/smoke/yeast earthiness. Light roast bitterness/yeast spice on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, wood smoke, molasses, toast, dark bread, light char, light dark fruit/pepper, and roast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness, balance, and complexity of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian influenced smoked porter style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/smoked malt and light-moderate yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Skinnyviking (7492) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Braukunst Live 2015 Munich. Medium high creamy lasting light brown head. Pitch black body. Roasted malt coffee caramel aroma and flavor with just a hint of smoke. Little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a short fnish.
Zwiebel88 (423) - GERMANY - MAR 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Schwarz. Kakao, Schinken, rauchige Röstmalze in der Nase. Malzig, süß, aber geschmacklich etwas schwach, leicht dünn.
nihtila (838) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20.6.2014. Black beer with brown head. Roasty aroma with some smoke, coffee. Taste is similar, roasted malts with smoky hints and coffee.
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, thanks frank, very close to black with a persistent beige head; aroma of tobacco, cocoa powder and a touch of smoke; decent burnt bitterness, coffee, warming alcohol; very nice
TtV (163) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 33cl. Deep black colour with a creme coloured top. Strong aroma with hints of coffee and malt. Taste has is typical porter; strong bitterness which is accented by the Co2. The aftertaste is apart from the bitterness slightly metallic and spicy.
jamestulloch (1787) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Appellation Wines. Black body with a huge tan head. Nice lacing. Aroma of chocolate ice-cream, a hint of smoke, ash and peat. Flavour of chocolate orange, berries and banana bread. Medium body with a frothy mouthfeel. Soft fizz. Bold flavour with lots of complexity - one sip tastes smokey, the next - hoppy, the next - chocolately... Lovely stuff.
jejo (1) - FRANCE - FEB 28, 2015 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Accompagne trčs bien les crunchips au sel fin. Goűt fumé léger et qui accroche au palais.