Pdubyah (268) - Auckland, - OCT 29, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I Think that there is a melange of things going on all of which add up to a sum of less than the parts.
Theydon_Bois (6986) - 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 (214) - 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 (1698) - 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.
ddemmingjr (667) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle- pours clear reddish black, milky sandy head with great retention. Nose of chocolate, caramel malts, biscuit, some subtle line hop notes. Lighter bodied on the tongue with pleasant drying chocolate and hop bitterness on the finish. Plenty going on for only 6% ABV . Dug it
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drfabulous (3646) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle. Dark pour. Tons of carbonation. Taste is all chocolate and roast. Very rich for the low abv. Slight hop finish. Nice.
NBird (290) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks.. Very dark mahogany red tinge, slightly tan sml-med head. Smells.. Roasty malts, some chocolate caramel and a slight hint of the hops. Tastes..semi sweet malts before some fruit from the hops, chocolate and bitterness to finish. Good.
maekchu (1756) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Asahiya. Medium-strength coffee, caramel, and yeasty nose. Clear translucent brown. Big earthy maltiness in initial / coffee, chocolate / some herbal notes from the hopping. Thin-medium body. Very good stuff. The roast malt and hop balance is great. Maybe a touch light for the style (even the brewers seem to be unsure about the style), but so tasty.
omega (638) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich dark brown. While the nose was a little stunted the flavours in the mouth are abundant. Hints a cocoa supplement a superbly hopped offer from YB.
skortila (4343) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Pomeroy. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has roasty malts and citric hops. Black coloured beer with an off-white head. The taste is light roasty, has some smooth caramellic sweetness, bit chocolate and with a strong fruity hoppy bitterness. Well made IPA-stout blend.
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour, moderate tan head, decent lace/retention. Aroma is roasty with higher than normal hop notes - tropical and grassy. However roasted malts with chocolate dominate. Medium bodied, moderate bitterness, pretty nice.