Olorin (165) - Graz, AUSTRIA - APR 12, 2019
UPDATED: APR 12, 2019 500 ml bottle. Black colour, small head with average durability, partly lacing, soft carbonation. Nose is dark chocolate, light roasted malt. Flavour is medium sweet and bitter, chocolate, coffee, caramel. Roasty bitterness in the finish. Good! 6bahudy9 (97) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 21, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2019 Ruby-brown color with a beige head, low carbonation. Earthy, cocoa, bit vanilla, 'old wood', roasted sunflower seed aroma with coffee, chocolate, earthy, bit smoky flavors. Semi-dry finish with earthy, cocoa notes. fishingcat (14) - Somerset, ENGLAND - MAR 19, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2019 The definitive traditional porter. I love a big, exciting barrel aged imperial stout as much as the next guy, but there's a lot to be said for a restrained porter that does everything right.
Nose is powerful vanilla sweetness, wood smoke and malt. Taste is wonderfully complex. A prickle of bitterness and carbonation, cocal-cola esque, with a little cherry, raisin and vanilla sweetness to follow. Dry, astringent and woody on the finish, but with lingering vanilla for balance.
Totally dry on the palate, with no syrup or cloying sweetness. A surprise given the heavy vanilla aroma. BeardedAvenger (2372) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2019 Bottle from Waitrose, West Byfleet. Rich coffee and gravy aroma cut through with sour berries. Dark. Glossy. Cola tint. Thick foamy beige head. Light bitter. Sour berries before sweet creamy coffee comes through. Mesium bodied. Creamy. Flat-average carbonation. Long of low key finish. Enjoyable stuff. I appear to have enjoyed the cask version more. Gangstergafje (1936) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - MAR 11, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2019 11-03-2019; bottle; at home (bought at an unknown location).
The looks of the beer are very nice. The beer comes with a dark colour that is a blend between a dark ruby red and chestnut. Looks lovely. It is so dark, it approaches black. The beer seems to be clear, but since it is so dark, this is rather hard to tell. On top of the beer hete is a nice layer of beige-brown coloured foam. Foam retention is low. A very minimal drape is left after some time.
The aroma of the beer is delicious. It really is just like it should be. The malts bring delicious aromas of toffee, chocolate, coffee and some liquorice. It is very dark and pure. The nice dry toasty aromas do the beer a lot of good. It is complex, but very nice. Exactly like the style should be like. Some earthy and slight herbal hop notes bring the beer to an even higher level. Very intense, just spot on and lovely. I'm happy.
The taste of the beer is also a good one. Sweetness from the malts is in perfect harmony with a full, rich bitterness that is both malt (toast and roast) and hop derived. Very well done.
The palate of the beer is spot-on. Full body, smooth texture, and medium carbonation. The finish is nice and is filled with bitter chocolate and coffee, toast, hop notes and a nice lingering bitterness to end it all. All in all, a very very pleasant beer. Me gusta mucho.
Jabah (2080) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2019
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2019 2012 Reivew- For some reason, I have been skipping over the Fullers to sample, thinking that it was going to nothing special. Boy, was I wrong! This could be one of my favorite porters so far (top 5)...at least for the affordable ones. May not be as rich and textured as my top-rated Anchor Porter, but the style is similar and this is straight from England. Good all around balance, more chocolate malt with a yeasty-slightly hoppy finish. Dark black appearance with dark mocha head. Mouthfeel nice, but I have had smoother porters. Besides that, a little smoother with a tad better appearance and this would be near top notch. Will be getting a full 6-pack of this I'm sure some day. Now I am curious to try some other Fullers. Hanoi (1148) - Greater Manchester, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2019 Bottle. Nose is cocoa, milk chocolate, vanilla, caramel. Roast, chocolate, caramel, fudge, vanilla, hint of marshmallow, faint ash and big bitter coffee with a slight fruity note in the finish stop it being over sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth.
Much better than I was expecting, dantomlinson (263) - - FEB 25, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2019 Bottle from Waitrose. Dark brown appearance with foamy off white head. Aroma is sugary and roasted. Flavour is roasted and toffee, hints of coffee and caramel. NobleTeam26 (219) - Kyiv, UKRAINE - FEB 21, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2019 Pours dark with small head of foam. Coffee, dried fruits, roasted sugar in aroma. Taste is pretty balanced between bitterness and mildness. NORSAND (159) - Lillestrøm, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2019
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2019 Deep brown colour with a lasting light brown head.
Nose: Nice sweet, roasted, dark malt aroma; coffee, dark chocolate, dark butter caramel, browned butter.
Taste: The arrival is dry and malty. The mid palate is malty and slightly sweeter than the arrival, balanced by medium hops bitterness and a fruity, almost citric acidity, All very well balanced. Medium body. The mouthfeel is slightly oily with medium to medium low carbonation. The exit and aftertaste goes from slightly bitter coffee to sweet caramel and back. Mouth watering.
A well made and very well balanced porter.