humlelala (1329) - DENMARK - NOV 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(on tap @ BrewPub) Pours black with big toffee head. Good retention and lace. Aroma is star anise, roasted malt with hints of coffee. I’ve begun to realise I loathe spices in beer. Oily texture, soft carbonation, full body with a roasted bitter finish. The star anise permeates the smell and taste of this beer and does not play well with the roasted malt to my palate.
visionthing (4876) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
50cl bottle from Vinmonopolet, Grorud. Pours black with a small beige head. Malty aroma with dark chocolate, spices, vanilla, coffee and roasty notes. Sweet and desserty, a bit too sweet for my liking, but quite pleasant. Alcohol is well integrated and it’s fairly well balanced. Full body and quite Christmassy. Nice liquid dessert! (2012-11-03)
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep head tan in colour red brown pour very dark mild to medium carbonation aromas liquorice dark fruit chocolate cocoa fudge chocolate note coffee and I note as if coffa has been added the flavours vanilla smooth fudge taste coffa richness liquorice vanilla coffee not much bitter sweet porter somewhat rich a delight to drink the finish smooth aftertaste fudge cocoa sweet malt for some reason coffa added coffee lovely porter vanilla ending
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - JUN 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark hazy brown body and a off-white small creamy head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, coriander, raisins. Creamy full body. The taste is medium sweet and has a light bitter finish.
Davros (2871) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 13, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a large, fading dark tan head.
Nose shows cocoa, milk chocolate, soft spices, coffee. Tempting.
Similar cocoa and coffee flavours, along with faint Christmas spices (nutmeg? ginger? cinnamon? not sure...). Seems a bit cloying though.
Carbonation is too high.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 7.5%. Pours dark brown with red highlights and a short, foamy tan head that lasts a little while. Aroma is fairly roasty with notes of coffee, seaweed, raisins and dark chocolate. Flavour is also pretty roasty but doesn’t have much dark fruit, otherwise much the same as the aroma with a little added grass and spice. Medium to full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a lingering roasty, bitter finish. This is a perfectly acceptable Scandanavian porter that somehow manages to be both nice and easy to drink yet also a little boring. Quite sessionable all the same.
Lilja (2919) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doft av kaffe. Lite fadd smak med tydlig beska och smak av kaffe och mocca. 7p av 10 vid Julölsprovningen 2011.
maneliquor (3485) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Dark chestnut brown pour with a thick and foamy lightly tanned head. Leaves some nice lacing and head stays for the duration. Smells like a winter warmer. Lots of roasted malts, big hit of chocolate and slight vanilla sweetness behind it all. Nice. Very cocoa like in the taste at first. Loads of thick, dark chocolate. Sweetness behind it with a nice combo of roasted malts and a touch of coffee. Very nice beer. Palate is full with low carbonation. Works very well. A little bit of heat from the alcohol shows itself right at the end but its nice. Very enjoyable beer
TheJestersBeer (2397) - SWEDEN - MAR 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours almost black, with a brown head.
Spicy, heavily roasted aromas, coffee, caramel, tar, quite spicy and complex.
Semi-sweet, fullbodied, medium bitterness, creamy CO2.
Heavily roasted taste, the coffee underlines that, chocolate, spices, vanilla, tar, faintly smokey. Finishes quite dry, with a lingering spiciness.
teddybeer (3522) - Madrid, SPAIN - FEB 26, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Thanks to fonefan]. Black colour with a frothy, creamy, large and smooth head, with a good lacing and medium lasting. Aroma has strong toasted malts and notes and licorice. Flavour has licorice, toast and roast malts, with light smoky hints and wood and coffee notes. The final is moderate bittery with a optimal duration. Carbonation is soft. Body is medium. Texture is oily.