Dredd (972) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2006
mmm chocolate, mmm beer, mmm chocolate. This is a strange one, it is a perfect winter beer with heaps of chocolate, burnt malt, coffee flavours. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I think there is perhaps an ounce or so too much chocolate grain though since there is some tannic dryness in the aftertaste which spoils the party a bit. That said though, if i were to drink and enjoy this rather than analyse, i’d probably not notice. It carries the 7% quite well too. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2006
Pours a deep dark brown with a head with such poor retention that its gone before you can comment on the colour. Sweet chocolate aroma, quite simple but nice. The palate is again simple but nice. Not as much body as I would of expected considering the ABV. The finish is clean with few hops anywhere to note. A nice clean porter. chriso (21656) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle at the London Gathering, November 2005. No complaints about this one. Deep reddish colour. Plenty of dry chocolate and roast malt. Warming alcohol is apparent but well integrated. Although not very hoppy, it finishes quite dry and slightly bitter. Goes down nicely.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2005
A decent Western Australian strong ale regardless of style. Teak brown in colour with ruby highlights and a brief now-you-see-it-now-you-don’t head. Wow: that’s a hearty wintry aroma, quite phenolic, with strong licorice root and dry cocoa powder. The alcohol comes through so strongly that Vodka flashed through my head. It’s medium bodied, verging on thin, and a little flat in the mouth. Could use a little more body to carry those big flavours. It shows some early vinous Belgian ale qualities and some Granny Smith but the sweet chocolate and licorice say porter/stout. Despite the spiritous aroma, the 7.1% abv sits easily here. The finish is lactic-phlegmy and shows some late POR bitterness. Very easy drinking for the abv. (330ml bottle, IBS Perth) Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering, Nov 05. Raisins with rummy malt aromas. With lots of sweet malt flavours.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2005
Bottled at the Chris_O Beer, Cheese and Curry powwow. A black beer with no head. The aroma is sweet with caramel and chocolate together with good alcohol notes. The taste is more of the same. Sugary sweet Doppelbock qualitles rather than a porter for my liking. harrisoni (19336) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2005
Bottle at London Gathering Nov 05. Very dark ruby colour with thin beige head. Port style vinuous dark fruit flavours. Very nice with some nice dark malts and those good dark fruit flavours. Hmmmm SilkTork (5855) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - NOV 13, 2005
Nov, 2005. Kilburn Palace Bottle Fest. Chocolatey ale with mild fizz. Apple notes in the finish. Pleasant chocolate. Very nice. Stew41 (2081) - Phuket, THAILAND - SEP 6, 2005
Apparently a porter? Dark brown with a thin coffee coloured head. Dry stout nose with roasted beans and malts. Again I’m thinking stout to taste - chocolate and roasted malts, maybe a hint of licorice. Almost shiraz like. Reasonably dry and plenty of fizz keeps the beer lively. Porter on steriods perhaps? DuffMan (10665) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 2, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2005 Dark coca-cola brown with a creamy head that lasted. Definite spicy coffee aromas, and a little bready yeast. Delicious roasted malt palate with notes of chocolate, cedar, and caramel. The only Bootleg brew other than Settlers Pale Ale that I would bother buying again.