pictoman (736) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 500mL bottle (best before June 2015). Nearly black with full tan head. Aroma of light chocolate, soy sauce, and vegetable. Taste starts sweet malty lactose with mild licorice and a very subtle ginger undertone and noticeably becomes roast coffee with chocolate notes following the finish. The balance is quite nice and there’s some subtle complexities hidden in there, but it’s a wee bit on the thin side in terms of body for a porter.
rondphoto (2688) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 21, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bottle @ John’s Grocery / Iowa City IA --- Opaque black color with 2" tan head that slowly drops to a cover, streaky bands of lace. Aroma is classic peat and caramel malt. Taste is almost precisely what I think of when someone says "traditional porter." Slightly toasted caramel malt dominates the flavor with only a hint of chocolate milk showing in the palate. Bittering in the finish isn’t for show, only for balance, and works perfectly in a limited role. I wish I had purchased ten of these when I had the chance.
VastActiv (3729) - Oulu, FINLAND - JUL 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle 0.5l from local Alko, Helsinki. Originally rated 18082012. Colour is dark brown with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts.
jjsint (1252) - Ely, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from the Blue Glass, Bedford, consumed at home. Dark chocolate brown, small tan head. A reasonable amount of carbonation. Liquorice and fresh espresso dominate the nose. Gorgeous taste: sweet and spicy ginger with a long slightly bitter coffee-laden finish. Satisfying bittersweet aftertaste. Wonderful in it’s simplicity and balance. I do not normally think much of ginger beers, but it works very well in this recipe. Thumbs up to a fantastic brew.
chicagobears (431) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black into snifter. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is gentle with some roasted notes and a spiciness from the hops. A bit of smoke and licorice. The ginger is noticable in the finish which gives this a soft sour note. Really liking this one.
Burgers (334) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted barley malt, milk and chocolate. Taste light sweetness and trace of sourness. Body fairly thin.
ant_in_wales (17) - Aberystwyth, WALES - JUN 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I really liked this
It’s a beautiful drink - very dark with a fine off-white head
Not great retention or lacing, and the aroma is a little muted, but for me this is a clever drink
A rich chocolate porter, yet it’s surprisingly easy drinking
Some porters one is enough, but I could drink this all day
I didn’t taste the ginger, but there is a warmth there
Mouthfeel is light too
EtTuCthulhu (1321) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
The color is a clear very dark brown with a reddish tint and with a medium off-white head that fades quickly, and the aroma has roasted, caramel, and chocolate malts. The taste is a very nice blend of mild umami, touch bitter, and slightly sour, which is complemented by the palate due to the slick texture, medium body, soft carbonation, and roasty and malty finish.
Beerhunter111 (9877) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sehr dunkelbrauens Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, schokoladig. Geschmack röstmalzig, Kaffee, dunkle reife Früchte, trocken.
puboflyons (2407) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 500 ml. bottle stamped L0808-1011. It pours deep dark brown under a modest off-white head that fades. The aroma is pretty straight forward with nothing unique about it. A little barley malt, a little sweetness, a little chocolate, and a little light hops. The body is thin to medium but smooth. The taste is not too presumptuous with its mellower barley malt and sweet character followed by a mildly dry finish. I would drink it again.