markas101 (2343) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola coloured, medium roasted malt aroma, carbonated for a porter. Good sipping beer but nothing to write home about.
highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not Emersonís best work. Bit too skinny for the style, and too mild-mannered to be memorable. Canít think of many brewers where Iíd rather have the pils and the spiced ale than the porter, but this is one. Poured jet black with ruby highlights and a volcanic tan head. Took an eternity to settle, leaving in its wake a splatter painting that Jackson Pollock would be proud of. Thick espresso fumes, with bitter chocolate notes, phenols and a hint of banana. Feels too thin in the mouth and a fraction too fizzy. It certainly doesnít have the body of the Taieri George. Mild, dry finish. Generally sweet-tasting and dominated by dark malt. Chocolate, hint of licorice and raisins. This lot couldnít make a bad beer if they tried but this is far short of their best work. (500ml bottle, International Beer Shop, Perth, best before Aug 04)
KŚstŚ (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - AUG 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a beautiful very dark copper coloured beer with a big creamy head. The aroma is roasted, woody and maybe there is some coffee. The taste is tobacco and tar. The finish is dry, smokey and somewhat hoppy.
DuffMan (9747) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I agree completely with "highlandlad" below. I love everything Emerson does, and I love porter, but this was not the best of either. Looked great: deeeep ruby-copper-brown, huge fizzy tan head (had to stop halfway through the pour) that flattened quickly but made nice lace. Darkly roasted malt on the nose and palate, dark bitter mocha-chocolate, a little woodsmoke... but sadly, quite thin in the mouth, a little watery even. I wouldnít pay another $10 for a bottle of this (even at 500ml), but I would for their Pilsner and their IPA!
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a small baige head. Light roasted sweet coffee chocolat aroma and taste. Medium body and a light sweet dry finish.
ALLOVATE (2958) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the first Emersonís beer I have tasted. Took this long as I was hesitant to pay $10 for a pint. Have to agree with Duffman and Highlandlad, why-oh-why did this look so good, smell fantastic and then go pear shaped in the mouth?
Poured into a large chalice at just below room temperature. Deep cola brown body, ruby tinge comes through in the lights, and quite opaque. Big sandy-beige head managed to rise to the rim of the glass and remained steadfast for the length, lacing a little legs down the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate truffle, turkish delight and teramisķ, dessert style sweet and generous, it was the only thing holding the mouth-feel together. Watery and subtle malty flavours in the mouth. Noticeable alcohol warmth (odd for ABV), gritty and smoky grain with a little dark chocolate and a lot of nothing else across itís relatively smooth mouth-feel. It became addictive halfway through, as it was incredibly balanced, but for some disappointing reason the flavour was all kept at bay as it was but a watered down Porter with a lot of potential. I hope the rest of the Emerson range donít suffer the shyness of this one. Still, made for a decent quaffer though!!
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown / reddish colour with a small light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with coffee notes. Sweet taste with coffee notes.
rlgk (18834) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with a brown head. Malty chocolate and licorice aroma with milky notes. Chocolate and tar flavor, some licorice, with a creamy feleing. Some salt is there as well, and the salt grows stronger in the finish along with some choclate. Much better than the stout.
Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JUL 10, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Roasted malt aroma, some sweetness, coffee. Ver dark brown to black color, big tan head. Good roasty flavor, sweet, coffee, bitter chocolate, ends on a bitter note. Good porter.
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 09/05/2005. 500ml bottle from Rumbleís, Wellington.
Deep mahogany, almost black, with a lovely red hue in the light. Creamy, pocketed, light tan head is reminiscent of honeycomb. This fades slightly to leave a thin, almost oily, creamy head with strong lacing. Cocoa and rich fruit (plums) dominate the subtle aroma at first with a hint of coffee coming through later. Roasty malt flavour, as mentioned on the label, is very dominant and delivers a smooth, very well balanced, coffee-like roasted bitterness in a silky milky mouthfeel. Palate is left just a touch oily but pleasantly so. This beer is ultra smooth and is another fine specimen of NZís top brewery. Rich but subtle. Winters night fireside perfection (along with Taieri George and Whisky Porter).