JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 15, 2005
1997 vintage. Dark brown body, light tan and creamy head. Orange chocolate aroma, along with some molasses and maple syrup. Dry alfalfa sprout chocolate in taste, along with a Jack Daniels whiskey barrel finish. Good stuff, probably a bit better while younger. turbothy (1141) - Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 9, 2005
Immensely better than the pale Folköl imitation. Has roasty flavour and malty, spicy body. Bad thing is that the body lacks punch. Easily my favourite Carlsberg ever. godol (6) - Stävie, SWEDEN - MAY 8, 2005 does not count
Black and beautiful, strong but not so creamy head, full body, rich flavor with tendencies towards chocolate, could have had a little more bitterness, feels more fresh than the old Guiness lamas (1661) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 3, 2005
1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. 2004 bottle. Best before May 2014. One of the lighter porters I’ve seen. Dark ruby pour with two finger thick light-tan head that leaves some lace. A little bit nutty, some roasty malts and chocolate in the aroma. Goes down creamy and smooth but with hardly any body at all. Almost like it just dissolves on my tongue. The high level of carbonation adds to this sensation. I’m starting to get some bitterness by the end of the bottle. Coffee, caramel and hints of nuts and burnt toast are present in the taste. tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2005
1997 Bottle (5-2-5-2-10=2.4): Very sweet, yeasty, sherry-like, marzipan aroma. Opaque brown with a swirl and ring of tan head. Sherry, marzipan, mild roasty flavours with some tired malty sweetness. Medium-light body feels a bit watery with very low carbonation. Definitely past it’s prime. Bottle (trade, Nov. 2004). Thanks, goldtwins!
Brad (363) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - APR 29, 2005
2000 Bottle (6-3-6-3-12=3.0): Nutty, sweet chocolate aroma with a light roastiness. Opaque brown with a decent and lasting cover of tan head. Nutty, roasty, chocolate flavours are all there and are enjoyable if not altogether exciting. Medium body with low-fair carbonation. It was interesting to try these two vintages back to back, but my guess is that this is one beer that’s better savoured when fresh. Bottles enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch, Olivier_MTL, Rastacouere and Yowie.
1996 Bottle. This must of been aged far to long, because there is no way I can picture this beer being in the top 94%. Poured a dark dark brown, fizzled for a few seconds and then laid completely flat. Aromas were of slightly roasted malts, soy sauce, chocolate and raisons. The flavor was bland and watered down, mostly due to the flatness of this beer. But there were nice touches of port wine, slightly nutty chocolate, and weak soy. Mouthfeel was similar to rinsing your mouth out with watered down coffee, without the coffee flavor. This has got to be a bad example of this beer, just looking at the ratings it appears the ’99 vintages and on have far higher ratings. Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2005
2000 vintage. Dark brown looks, light brown head recedes to a ring. Aroma starts to suggest some oxidation, but it’s not quite there yet. Mellow nose, hinting at rich malt that is more or less there I feel. Soy sauce, vanilla and chocolate soaked marshmallows. Subdued roastiness. A bit stale in mouth, chocolate and coffee comes out classic and interesting oaty and graham cookies undertones add a dimension to the overdone sweetness, but unlike a good oatmeal stout, it seems to also give a syrupy and grainy cerealic sensation. Thin-medium body, very low carbonation... Hard to rate this one, it’s one of those for which my score could range +/- 1.0 from one day to another, but as of today, I know I certainly won’t seek that anywhen soon. wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - APR 23, 2005
Interesting to try a beer from Sweden. Dark brown pour with a white head. The carbonation was a little too much for me. Aroma of raisin, wine, caramel and soy sauce. The raisin caramel and wine were the main tastes along with some chocolate. The soy sauce showed up a little but it was not that bothersome. Pretty nice Porter. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 11, 2005
!998 version. Black in color, opaque with a dark, tan head. Aroma of a chocolate brownie and dark fruit. Surprisingly in good shape at 5.5% ABV. It had none of the overcarbonated, exhausted character that many beers of this ABV would display after 7 years. A huge, toasted, port-like, vinous character makes up most of the flavor profile. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2005
Argang 2004....best by May 2014?
Kind of wishing I let this sit around for a while now...
Even so, very good.
Very black, small tan head. Definite coffee and ashtry type aromas. Same for flavor with a bit of caramel thrown in. Got to get some more bottles, drink some, age others