Beersiveknown (2109) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JUL 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruby brown beer with creamy foam head. Aroma of a washed rind cheese with vinous fruits and underlying alcohol. On the taste chewy caramel malt, fermented apples and a dry sweetness. Seems more like a best bitter than a porter, which isn’t how I remember it from draught, may need to rerate. Fruity finish.
Oakes (11031) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 20, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reddish dark brown. Fruit nose (coconut, pear, honeydew) with toasty and perhaps somewhat coffeish accents. Mainly fruit taste mixes caramel with light toast. Good ale, somewhat more toasty than most bitters but less nutty than any brown ale...and even if you believe in "Irish Ale" I don’t think you could call it that either. Nice.
beerfest5 (831) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a porter? really? id have to disagree with that one. its brown, ill give you that, but nowhere near roasty or toasty enough to be a porter. its very well balanced, very easy to drink, bready in the front, bitter in the finish. some dark fruit, but not too sweet. very enjoyable.
Beershine (5177) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ Bull & Castle Dublin. Deep red-brown with nice color and tight head. Fruity aroma is orchard fruit. Lively carbonation, juicy body. Flavors contradict the aromas by becoming bread crusty. Very good. Lip-smackingly drinkable session ale with universal appeal. Well-done!
Dervock (385) - Emu plains, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - really enjoyed this, pours a nice ruby. sweet but roasty aroma. nice chocolate flavour with a light roast cereal undertone.
omhper (18324) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled at L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin. Dark brown, small head. Chocolatey nose. Mid dry with clean, rounded mouthfeel and medium body. Roasty and chocolatey with mild grassy spicy hops on top.Mild but growing spicy bitterness. A well balanced chocolatey porter.
jgb9348 (4279) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great deep brown coloured body, sort of like cola, with a ruby and copper glow all topped by a nice and well-served tan head. Aroma of good toasted malt, a bit of light pumpkin pie spice, allspice, cereal and a ton of nice caramel and toffee. Light to Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour at first then shows a softer, nuttier taste with a mild amount of light spices and a good finish of subdued caramel sweetness. Aftertaste is fairly minimal with only the sweetness and toasted malt really coming out at all. Overall, a good beer - definitely not a porter in my mind, but then again, it’s from Northern Ireland, so the styles don’t really mesh well. Definitely nice to sample this beer - purchased at McHughes Off-License in Killbarack, Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 20-February-2009, sampled back on the other side of the pond at home in Washington on 26-October-2010.
douglas88 (5115) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle from Tesco. Pours a bright copper/brown color with a small white head. The aroma is caramel, sweet candies, fruity. The flavor is different; sweet fruitiness, caramel, port-like sweetness. Nice.
DMarra (9) - IRELAND - AUG 19, 2010 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This has been the highlight of my journey through Whitewater’s beers (although after the Belfast Ale lost a little of its carbonation, I felt like I had underscored it - I’d love to try that beer from a firkin). The colour is darker than the Belfast Ale and the nose is more intense - in fact, the nose is almost a cross between that of the Belfast Ale and Belfast Stout, but manages to be more intense than either on them. There is a lovely burnt taste to this beer - they must add a hit of roasted barley - in additiion to the maltiness. Again, very low on the hop aromas. The palate is the righest so far (I’d still like a little more). Overall, a solid ale - I don’t know if it would fly as a micro-brew in the US, but for Ireland, it’s a winner.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice brown color with white head. A bitter hoppy aroma with some solid roasted malt. Some Brett in the body - very tasty and balances out the flavors in the aroma.