RichTheVillan (7852) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2016 DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, - MAR 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 (Bottle conditioned, 5.2%) Classic oily pitch looks collared filthily with beige, thick tufted lace all the way down. Tarry burnt snout balanced with milk chocolate, blackberry, apple and solvent. Rasping and charred with the customary full-on burnt toast, espresso, 70% cocoa and bittering hop attack. Red apple and bramble chipping in, but mostly cinders, Lindt Excellence and clinging smoke. More fruit and light-swallowing density than the cask version. Beautiful, uncompromising beer. (Original cask rate, 747314) Gravity, Coventry 09. Red-tinged pitch with a tan collar collapsing to a slick. Overwhelming steak and kidney pie aroma...or it might just be the bloke sat next to me. Powdery cocoa, roasted barley, musty hop and bramble. Raisiny dark high cocoa solids, espresso, hedgerow tang. Big bittering hop punishment finish with cold black coffee. Charcoal and burnt toast linger. Easy to see why it was announced West Mids Porter of The Year minutes before. Up to their usual dark roasty standard, if not as intense and lip-smacking as the Dragon Smoke Stout.
Cask at the Wellington; dark brown pour with a thin tan head, aroma has a hint of liquorice, dark fruits, taste has liquorice, some chocolate, fruit. nilsas (4114) - Bryne, NORWAY - JUL 7, 201647574xeCD (1132) - Coventry, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2015
500ml bottle at home. Poured clear dark brown with lively beige head. Nose is roasted chocolate light smoke. Taste is roasted char chocolate dark malts. Nice. The_Osprey (7985) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
[Sorry - shitty numbers only rating from July 2010. Bottle in Skewen. "Not a bad porter, bitter".] deanso (10135) - Chiang Mai, THAILAND - APR 4, 2015
50cl bottle from ABCBeers.
decent tan head. Clear deep burgundy pour. A little smokey and some chocolate in the aftertaste. Nicely done.
mike_77 (6668) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2014
Bottle 5.2% - Pours black with no head. Bitter roasted malt aroma. Unfortunately it has a light carbonation. Full flavoured and very bitter with loads of roasted malts. sic1314 (4775) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - JUL 27, 2014
Poured deep, dark brown with a healthy tan head. Aroma of roasted rauched malt, dark fruit, quite vinous. Medium body, flavour is smokey, dark chocolate and more berries. SarkyNorthener (4620) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 24, 2013
Cask@ the avion, aldridge. Dark brown beer with loose medium Michael head. Aroma of roasted malts and dark chocolate. Taste is roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate and dark fruits. Medium bodied and a touch of cream. Good porter. mR_fr0g (12110) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
Cask at the wellington black country bus bash. opaque black with a loose greyish head. Roast with soft chalk aroma. little lace, some astingency. Grumbo (2947) - 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.