Grumbo (4744) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - JUN 1, 2013
Handpull at the Dragon Inn, Worcester. Black colour, with a tan head. Earthy and rather bitter, with distinct dark chocolate aroma. jmgreenuk (10700) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - FEB 28, 2013
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Poured a dark mahogany colour with a frothy tan head and some broken lace. The aroma is peaty and smoky, leading to a medium bitter flavour with lots of liqourice and dark chocolate. There is a little dry spice on the palate too. A superb porter I have to say! Theydon_Bois (22090) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 21, 2013
Bottle at home, from Tamworth BF via SP I think, 21/01/13.
Very dark mahogony brown approaching black with a thin tan head that soon collapses to a puddle.
Nose is dark lightly roasted malt, molasses, light chocolate, some jammy fruits in the background.
Taste follows, light paper/cardboard, touch of dark fruits, some chocolate.
Medium bodied but on the thin side, moderate carbonation, slightly dry finish.
Drinkable, started off not being into this and had it at a distinctly average 3 but it grew on me a little. BlackHaddock (8142) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2012
500ml (Bottle conditioned): best before the end of Oct 2012, poured into my Abbot Ale glass tankard on 11 Aug 2012 during an IPA and Porter evening.
Jet black with a full, deep tan coloured foaming head.
Burnt malts everywhere in my bottle: so powerful hardly anything else was detectable. As the beer warmed is allowed some vanilla notes to express themselves but otherwise it was a ’peat bog’ of a beer (which I quite liked). Leighton (23360) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Party Tasting, London. Pours clear brown with a tight, beige foam head. Dusty, dry cocoa aroma with some dirt and faint dates. Light sweet flavor with dry cocoa, faint minerals, moderate roast, faint rubber. Light bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Dry finish with burnt toast, dusty baking cocoa, light sweetness. OK. Not very exciting, but OK.
Scopey (16779) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2012
Bottle at Bruce’s Housewarming Tasting. It pours deep brown, with a thin beige head. The nose is dark fruit, roasted malt, prune, date, sugar, grape and vinous notes. The taste is caramel, cola, roasted malt, charcoal, cardboard and some balsamic vinegar. Medium body and low carbonation. Not bad. jackl (8605) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Bottle @ Bruce’s Housewarming Tasting. The pour is deep brown with no head. The nose is light chocolate and soft wood. The aroma’s fairly faint, and I have to really concentrate to pick up the scent. The taste is light roasted coffee, chocolate cake and toasted cinnamon bread. Medium/full body with soft carbonation. OK. Pudding (276) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2012
Bottle from Stirchley Wines, Birmingham. Roasted malt taste. Not a lot else going on. Highly carbonated. niquillis (2752) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 21, 2011
On cask at The Congress, Longton. Pours black with a tan head. A very smooth porter, feels good in the mouth. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Most enjoyable. Fin (11259) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 7, 2011
Cask, gravity at Merton Winter Beer Festival, 04.02.11 Dark brown in colour. Aroma is chocolate and more milky than bitter chocolate, some light coffee touches and a little tang of dark fruits. Touches of creamy vanilla also show, it’s a nice beer. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6