frlrv1020 (88) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Outstanding porter! Dark ruby color, almost black. Produces a beige head, which leaves good lacing. Notes of roasted malt, caramel, and hops on the nose and palate. Perfect body, not watery. Great bitter finish.
jmgreenuk (4274) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAY 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Taps, Kuala Lumpur. Poured a dark mahogany with a thin broken off-white head. The aroma is creamy caramel malt. The flavour is medium to strong bitter with a rich nutty earthy resin malt palate. Medium to full bodied with flat carbonation. These guys like doing something different and in that respect they did not disappoint, however, as porters go, I’d prefer something a little more traditional.
oliodnb (277) - ITALY - MAY 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown, fine beige head. Very good smell with caramel, plums, raisins, cherries, coffee, strong red wine, some liquor, some light orange. Taste adds toasted malts with more coffee and chocolate and less fruits. Still some winey aftertaste. There’s way less hop than expected, probably because the bottle is quite old (expired 11 months ago), and I think this also explains the wine-like feeling. Surely more a porter than a black IPA.
Cousin_Larry (315) - - MAY 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour was 95% head. Even tipping the glass and pouring slow, it took a good five minutes to get the beer from the bottle to the glass. However, it was a good chocolate porter with a booze-like finish. Not bad.
KyotoLefty (6357) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 5, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. 2013 Remix. black and lacy. Big coffee nose with hops, oranges. Flavor of coffee, wood, grass, hay, lemon, paper. Nicely bitter finish. The coffee and paper flavors are off-putting.
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 21, 2014
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark brown pour with a small beige head, Slight aromas of roasted malt and bitter hops. Flavor is thin and bitter. Not a fan of Black IPA’s so this beer definitely isn’t for me.
Scopey (6734) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Big Dave. It pours darkest brown with a small beige head. The nose is roasty, toast, earth, rocky road and toffee action. The taste is toasty, earth, roasted malt, cocoa, ash, dirt, charred wood and light alcohol with a dry finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Decent enough porter by any measure.
Theydon_Bois (8395) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Craft Clapham, during Craft 100, big thanks to Wingmanwillis aka Big Dave, 03/04/14.
Dark mahogany brown with a moderate tan swirl and edgeing.
Nose is roast malt, cocoa, toffee, lightly oxidised ring to it.
Taste comprises cocoa powder, light roast, toffee fudge, hint of tobacco.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok porter, not getting much in the way of hops from the suggestion that this could be a CDA! Recovered fairly well from the oxidised notes on the aroma.
Ragnampiza (390) - Rome / Lecce, ITALY - MAR 28, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle from Portale Birra, served in a nonic pint glass. Dark copper, looks almost brown in the glass, pretty clear, with a tiny, non-persistent light beige head which went away quickly. On the nose dark fruits (raisins, figs, plumbs), good amount of bitter chocolate, some coffee notes, roasted malts and a tiny amount of hoppy presence, but mostly soapy/stale. Slightly more hoppy during the taste, in a herbal/balsamic way, together with the same coffee and chocolate presence. Certainly more bitter than sweet. Soft to average carbonation, medium body, slightly oily texture. Good porter/BIPA hybrid.
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Aeon. Aroma is lightly roasty and with a sharp citrus hoppiness. Bit earthy too. Taste is good, light tropical elements but neither roast or hops dominate. Feels like it might have lost a little, but still pretty nice.