monkeychugg55 (1011) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Black pour with an over-carbonated, rocky light tan head. Thick lacing. the aroma is very porter-like. Mostly roasted malt, with some crystal in there as well. Unnoticeable yeast, and might have a touch of earthy hops. I assume this has been sitting for a while. Flavor is similar, and well balanced. Nice palate, too. Will try to re-rate a fresher one.
evergreen0199 (2830) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 28, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Marks and Sparx in Rickmansworth, Herts. A very dark brown/black coloured pour with a healthy beige head on top. Roasty, malty, chocolate, berry fruit aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, some chocolate and berry fruit. Very nice porter and available up the road at my local M&S, all good.
ipabr (70) - Somerset, ENGLAND - MAY 23, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good smell with a slight sharp zest. Taste is great, full flavoured dark ale that is oddly refreshing and light, certainly wouldn’t think it was 6% abv. Very good buy again.
Beerdedone (3170) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black with a foamy lacy tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, soft chocolate and coffee. Flavor was sweet & lightly bitter with roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla and licorice
mR_fr0g (8069) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at the Euston tap yja ks yo Sarah. Opaque black Bron. Coloured pour with a lasting beige head. Aroma is earthy berry and wood, some strawberry jam and pine note. Flavour is composed of semi sweet chocolate malts, jammy fruits pine and maybe some vanilla. Palate is medium full bodied, moderate carbonation, semi creamy. Little lingering smooth earthy coffee roast. Very good.
DwarfeD (2385) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 30, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
33cl bottle at our holiday home in Travemünde. Very dark brown with a medium beige head. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Nice bitterness with subtle sweet tones. Roasted malts, anise, chocolate, coffee, ripe dark fruits and spices. Very nice.
TheKernOwl (117) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 29, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
May be most interesting porter I’ve had. Earthy hops, salted caramel ice cream, quite vanilla-y, dark choc in mouth, then mocha – or liquorice, or lime? Could definitely drink a lot more of this. Also, to my mind, this was silkier / denser than the Renaissance “Enlightenment: Fresh Hopped Black the RIPA” (which I sampled alongside this).
edsspoon (839) - Nottinghamshire, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home - black with a fizzy tan head which quickly faded away to a ring. Very little lacing. Aroma of rich roasted malt, wholemeal bread, vanilla and fudge with light grassy tones. Taste begins with some burnt tar, followed by tarry roasted malts, hints of vanilla fudge and some toast. Medium body, dry and prickly carbonation.
craigonabike (4) - Ayr, SCOTLAND - APR 15, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. Pours black with small tan head. Aroma is toffee and mocha. Taste is dark chocolate and rich coffee with a strong lime after taste. Light carbonation and a zingy mouth feel. Like a chocolate lime in the nicest way possible.
imdownthepub (12688) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 24, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at The Brighton Beer Dispensary, Brighton, E.Sussex. Black with tan head. This was a rich, darkly roasted malt beer, bitter chocolate notes with liquorice and roasted nuts. Loads of depth. Good stuff.
comperchris (70) - - MAR 18, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark with a creamy dark head.
Low carbonation with a light tingle on the tongue.
Smells of roast toffee and tastes like sweet coffee with cream and toffee.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone