FlacoAlto (4197) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Bottle 214 / 708; Sampled July 2008Bullit (4637) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUN 23, 2008
A soft pour produces a fat-one-finger thick, brown tinged, tan colored head in my New Belgium globe glass. The beer is a dark brown, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, ruby hue and lots of carbonation when held up to the light. The aroma is very toasty smelling and is quite noticeable as I am pouring and visually inspecting this beer. Toasty, brown malt notes are joined by coffee-like aromas in the finish. Roasted just enough to contribute a soft sharpness and light acidity to the nose. The roast, the acidity, the malt and the fermentation character combine to provide fruity notes of burnt prunes. Really though the huge, toasty malt aromas are the biggest part of the nose; they contribute aromas similar to deeply toasted whole grain bread, fresh from the oven hardy bread crusts and a light chocolate note.
Very light bodied, especially considering the advertised original gravity of 1.015, but it does have some heft to it and a slight viscousness as it flows across the tongue. Well carbonated, but this doesn’t keep this from feeling creamy, especially towards the finish. Up front this has a roast fruitiness to it that is offset in the finish by flavors of city-roast coffee, lightly tannic roast malt and ample toasted grain notes. The finish has a bitter, burnt malt note to it as well as a sharp, charcoal-like acidity (that is not overwhelming) as well as a round hop bitterness. The combination in the finish is actually pretty nice and doesn’t over-power the rest of the beer. Despite being so light (without a malty richness), this has a fair amount of sweetness to it that really accents a solid fruitiness that is more like sweet plums than anything; though it does have touches of raisins and a bit of fig-like notes (all of which have been roasted).
A second pour of this reintroduces the carbonation and even provides a bit of a carbonic bite from the excessive carbonation (nothing a few swirls of my glass can’t reduce though). Dusty cocoa notes combine with the up front sweetness and ultimately meld in with the amply toasted grain finish. I really like how complex the malt character is here, both the nose and the flavor have a deep toast character to it that really boosts the effect of this beer.
I admit to being a sucker for historical exercises such as this. I would love to hear a bit more about the malt and yeast selection, the latter would be especially critical for a reproduction. While there are times that I wish that this had a bit more fullness to it, the fact that it is so light makes this a very quaffable brew and it isn’t anything near watered down feeling.
Dark brown colour, tan head. Aroma has licorice, vanilla and roasted malts. Flavour has some chocolate bitterness, but sweet malts are more prominent, with some fruits. Ok beer. skortila (5905) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 18, 2008
Bottled. 75 cl. Thx Bullit, i was afraid I missed this one ;). Aroma has some coffee, chocolate and licorice. Black coloured with a lasting off-white head. Taste is fruity, malty and has coffee and chocolate. Light bodied. Good, but not too impressive this one. Ratman197 (14964) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 16, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, charcoal and vanilla. Palate was light bodied, smooth and a bit watery. Flavors of dark chocolate, light roastiness and light vanilla with a smooth watery malty finish. NoiZe (2323) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - JUN 13, 2008
Dark brown/black colored brew. Nice brown head. Roasted aroma. Sweet, malty flavor with some tones of salmiak, licorice, , dark chocolate, caramel. Bitterness is not deep enough, it’s shallow and too sweet. Overall still a very nice brew. But could use more complexity and more intens bitterness.
caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2008
Bottled. Cloudy brown color, short brown lasting head. Aroma of some chocolat, coffee, licorice. Slight bitter taste, but mostly licorice and sweetness. Bit sticky and dry. jerohen (2307) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - APR 5, 2008
Bottle # 553, obtained from the brewery. Dark brown coloured, brown head. Roasted malts and liquorice dominate the aroma. Somewhat sweet flavour, which later develops to be more bitter. Flavour’s not as complex as the aroma and i have the feeling it could use some more body. I can’t say i’m really impressed by this one. But luckily this brewery has many other fantastic brews. bierkoning (13387) - La Tropica/Doarp, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle # 54. Deep dark brown color. Roast, ash, hints of caramel and grapes in the aroma. Initial malty sweetness challenged by hints of licorice and dark chocolate. Earthy hops, grapes and roasted malt. Pleasant and easy to drink, with coughing syrup in the aftertaste. Tasty porter. DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 29, 2008
Bottle. Bottle #537. Dark brown to black-colored with a big, slowly-diminishing, beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, some cocoa and hints of spiciness. Sweet flavor of malt, roastiness of coffee and some chocolate, some dark bread, light acidity and yeast notes. Finishes mildly bitter with a bit of hops. Medium-bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Nothing astonishing, just a very good beer.