kramer (4589) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz can. Pours a dark brwon body with a large frothy light brown head. The nose is a nice blend of chocolate and roasted malts with a floral hop undertone. The flavor leans more toward the chocolate malt and is nicely balanced by a floral hoppiness that really comes out nicely on the finish. Medium bodied, fairly robust and well rounded with gentle fizzy carbonation. This is a really nice easy drinking Porter. Solid all around.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to the Atlanta crew for sharing this one, and Lee for his masterful can-opening skills. Pours brown with a tan head. Nose is some smoke, malt, earth, and some band-aid. Flavor is similar with lingering smoke in the finish. Light to medium bodied and ok.
Tim Webb (225) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was going to write something complicated but then spotted the last description and thought ’ditto’ might be better - only swap ’awfully’ for ’dang’, add ’It is’ before ’kind of’ and ’normal’ for ’cooler’. My slightly more generous rating is for its context.
after4ever (5861) - Brier, Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz can. Pours jet black with a dense and creamy burnt tan head. Big roasty, ashy, acrid nose. Just smells so dang dry. Probably a little CO2 there as well. Creamy medium body with soft carb. Some dry milk chocolate notes creep in, but mostly it’s roasty and ashy on the mid-palate. Pretty much a straight down the line session porter with a couple of minor flaws. Kind of a cool looking can. Would be a decent camping beer for cooler weather.
madmitch76 (13081) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light and soft black beer that blooms in to something fruity and fragrant and ends in a semi dry very lightly toasted finish. Hint of banana. Complex.
jonas (5445) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - OCT 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Hoppy and honey roasted chocolate aroma. Black, golden brown lacing foam. Coffeeground base, gets sweeter after a initial bitter kick. Dry mouthfeel, roasted almonds round the flavor off. Coffee exhaling. Quick finish.
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can from KyotoLefty. Mildly roast and mildly chocolaty. A nice porter that was exceptionally easy to drink. If this was cheap and available in the U.S I would buy.
Christian (10757) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a small off-white head. Grainy dark malt aroma with a touch of molasses. Dry and malty flavour
KyotoLefty (5808) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Handpump at Ushi-tora. Black with a large tan head. Strong malt aroma, but with decent hops as well. A touch of fruit, quite well roasted, medium sweetness, with chocolate, coffee, a bit of caramel, and a touch of citrus. Strong malt flavor, with moderate hops and moderate sweetness. Smooth and creamy, well roasted, with some fruit a bit of dark fruits, some coffee chocolate and caramel. Very complex. Very roasted finish, slightly hoppy, quite long lasting. Fuller than moderate body, very low carbonation. Smoother and creamier than from the can, with very low carbonation. The hops are less noticeable, but definitely better this way. Great head retention.
omhper (18765) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 Canned (as Shinsyu Porter). Very black with rocky beige head. Appley roasty nose. Fairly sweet and medium bodied with dense mouthfeel. Oily with soy sauce, very roasty with plenty of coffee and dark chocolate. Finishes with cocoa bitterness.