kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2008
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2008 I’ve got to say that my initial experience with pot kettle black was far from positive....sweaty armpit on the nose....surely not?
Suddenly realising my proximity to the cheese stand at Beervana beer festival i concluded that was what i could smell....
Extensive further testing in a less fragrant atmosphere revealed the error of my ways and i found the beer absolutely delicious Re-rated tried on gas at bar edward....damn i love that pub and not a cheese stand in sight! Unmitigated delight! I’m a fan of dark beers.... brew enough of them but this is easily the most accessable dark beer i’ve ever tried, it’s the kind of beer that bridges the gap for people and for me that makes it brilliant! great stuff!
petergaynor (136) - NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330ml bottle. Pours dark black-brown with very little head. Nose is dark stonefruits with toffee and some hoppy coffee. Taste is malty caramel coffee with some raisin hops. Really nice porter.
tyrrell (10) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 5, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
First thing I noticed about this beer as it was being pulled on a hand pump at Bar Edwards (Newtown) was that it looked like a good expresso - with a deliciously inviting rich crema. And funnily it does have a coffee-ish flavour about it. However the first thing that hits you is the big grassy resiny hop aroma - usually uncharacteristic of a beer that looks this malty. Don’t get me wrong the malt is there as well, the finish is a bit like a Ghana Dark - chocolatey and bitter.
This is a great beer - try it while it lasts.
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Cookie. Great black PA, well balanced. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with a long bitter finish. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a frothy head.
nutpea (17) - , NEW ZEALAND - DEC 19, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tried at beervana, what a beer! pretty much this is the beer that has decided my fate as a beer lover, chardonnay be damned!
craftycoldcuts (1) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 5, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
What a sexy beer! In the glass dark chocolate and cherry hue colours topped by an amazing beige coffee crème head. On the nose, grassy hops all the way with sun dried stone fruits and a hint of coffee giving this beer a rich and bold persona. First taste does not disappoint, smooth on the palette opening up taste buds to receive chocolaty malt flavours with a hint of bitter coffee at the end, beautiful! I’ve tried this on hand pump and tap, both excellent, but I prefer the tap version which drinks smoother and exaggerates the chocolate of this beer. First commercial attempt from this brewer, I can’t wait to drink what’s next in store.
bradleyberry (3) - Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2010 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was a surprise. Aroma was good, I loved the appearance, the taste was surprisingly delightful, and overall, if this beer was more available to me here in the Pacific Northwest, I would add it to me regular picks!
jaymobrown (1712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a sark blacj with an explosive head. Faint nose of hops with roasted oats. Bubbly mouthfeel. Some bitter in the end but has yeast, malt, coffee, roasted oat and campfire taste.
reviled (13) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Galbraiths, the last keg. Pours black with an off white head. Really nice fruit and citrus aroma’s which blend well with subtle notes of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is silky with a smooth bitterness which lingers on the tounge. Hints of choc and roast malt in the finish.
wlajwl (4263) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma is dark malts, chocolate and some hops. The flavor is chocolate and mildly sweet with some hops popping up in the finish. More of a porter with a decent hoppiness than a Black IPA, this was a very good ale all around.