john44 (3101) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2017 albertane (377) - Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, - MAR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the Test Match. Little aroma, but this beer has a nice smoky character and a bitter finish.
Bottle. Dark Brown, almost Black, in colour. Very Malty; roasted malts, liquorice, espresso coffee, some chocolate. Slightly smokey flavour. Roast malty bitter-sweet throughout. Tasty. Sessionable. Very drinkable. Liked this. (2009-08)
BlackHaddock (7329) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2012
Brown 500ml bottle, best before end of May 2010, drank mid Feb 2010. poured into a vase shaped pint glass (Old Speckled Hen badged).
Dark, pitch dark almost, a deep maroon red could be detected when held to the light. On top sat a thin off-white head which morphed into a collar and wispy covering far too quickly for my liking.
Malts, roasted more than burnt or toasted were the main smells from the brew (the rear label states it’s "Bursting with roasted malt flavours"). Some hints of smokiness, but only hints.
This is a kind of mix between a true Porter and a Christmas Winter Warmer in my eyes and tastes. Rich, almost creamy and with a hidden depth and suggestions of added ingrediants, without there actually being any. I don’t know that, but that is how the beer comes across to me.
I like beers that are different and taste good, this fits the bill. At 4.4%ABV it has wonderful flavours and a full body, why can’t other brewers produce flavoursome Porters at such a low ABV?
johndoughty (5448) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2011
Bottle. Black and slightly smoked with a medium body.Pleasant texture and easy to drink. Some maltiness and overall very easy to drink.
Bought from Sainsburys as part of of one of their beer promotions. Well worth trying cgarvieuk (24488) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 22, 2011
cask at NWAF ... deep black .. thin tan lacing ... soft chocolate oast malt nose ... light thin chocolate ... light roast malt ... light coffee roast ... ok but not hitting spot Gary (1999) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2011
(bottled) This is one of the darkest Porters ive drank , there’s no custom of a deep ruby color even put to the light ..sinister looking ,with very lose brown dregs as a head. A smokey, winey and roasty nose. The roasted malts are with a dark bitter chocolate accent..some tart cherries ..oily palate. Plesant .
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2010
Bottled. (The Meze night) An almost black beer with no head. A roasty malty aroma with fish oil and coal. Chocolate in mouth with roasted malts. All tastes a bit flat but it’s decent enough. Beth101 (531) - West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 6, 2010
Black in colour with no head. Aroma of malt with a hint of coffee. Tastes of coffee amd malt but lacks body. Quite smooth Gethinbeer (2452) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2010
Black in colour with a very thin head. Smooth texture with subtle roasted malt in the flavour. Nothing special. sm89walt (2065) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - DEC 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark ruddy brown with almost no head - just a fine ring of beige carbonation. Sweet, vinuous aromas, some roastiness. Sweet berry flavours, a light sourness and a dry toasty, coffee finish. Medium body, quite a short finish and light carbonation. thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2009
Bottle from Kris Wines. Almost black with a medium beige head. Meaty and chocolate aroma with a hint of roast. Licorice and salty meat meat flavours. Semi-sweet. A decent porter with some smokey notes.