Muggus69 (2845) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2017
330mL bottle from Bucketboys. BB 08/16?
Deep near-black body, opaque, holds a ring of tan head.
Aromas of dark chocolate, meaty roast, dark toffee & earthy hop.
Carbonation on the low side which works well, providing a very smooth, slick ride & deep richness to the palate.
Flavours of dark chocolate, sweet black coffee, brown sugar, cookie, vinous dark fruits - develops as it warms, rather nicely really. Finishes on the sweeter side, just enough bitterness to balance.
Very good overall - big without being brash or unapproachable. vinivini (3284) - Gomel, BELARUS - AUG 19, 2017
Tap. Pitch black ale with moderate capuccino head. Aroma: molasses, caramel, dried fruit, minor coffee. Full body. Medium sweet bombastic malts on taste. Big molasses, caramel malts, chocolate, prune. Light bitterness along. Perfect porter. skortila (6032) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - AUG 12, 2017
Old note. The aroma has roast, coffee. Dark coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is light-moderate bitter and has roast, coffee, laurel, some fruity tones. Okay. Soupoftoday (86) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2017
Nice, typical porter flavours. Toffee, choc, coffee. Maybe a bit of spice. Problem is this beer is just a bit too sweet...even for the ABV gam (4188) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 23, 2017
Small head dark pour medium carbonation aromas chocolate dark fruits dates caramel licorice dried fruit flavours are cocoa chocolate dark fruit raisins figs dates licorice plums prunes good in fruit nice malt backing sticky note smooth going down resinous note good enough for me
vipinvelp (4632) - Velp, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2017
PINT tasting. Clear dark red brown, tanned foam head. Chocolate in aroma, some vanilla notes. Again chocolate tones in taste. A very nice warm beer, topper of the evening. (Arnhem 201707) Maris (1638) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 18, 2017
From a 330ml bottle on 18/7/2017. Pours dark brown with little in the way of head. The nose features light chocolate, caramel and cola. It’s very sweet flavour wise - more chocolate and caramel, with a distinct sweet meatiness, followed by a very mild roasty bitterness. The texture is a bit syrupy and the carbonation soft. A very pleasant sweet sipper. Alengrin (6083) - BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2017
Bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck, with the new label. A Norwegian imperial porter, with moussy, thick, pale greyish beige, lightly lacing, irregularly shaped head, quickly showing a big gap in the middle but otherwise well-retaining, over a very dark chestnut brown, hazy beer, close to black in general appearance but still largely translucent, with deep burgundy hue. Aroma of beef stock cubes, old dusty fondant chocolate bars, dried blueberries, cold sugared tea, candied fig, cold cappuccino, soggy brown bread, some natural ’haemoglobin’-like iron, raisins, dried plums, brown rum, dry earth, dead tree leaves, hazelnut shells, hints of dry manure, walnuts, varnish, nutmeg, mushrooms. Full, sweetish onset, dried fig and candied date, some light candied banana and pear hints, residual sugars but not too cloying thanks to a ’deeper’ blackberry-ish sourish touch, beef stock cube-like umami side effects (not surprising considering this is the first impression in the nose), full and smooth, rounded, softly carbonated mouthfeel. ’Fluffy’ but lean, ’brown’ malt body makes up the core business of this beer, very toffeeish and (chest-)nutty, with a dash of diluted chocolate milk thrown in, bready as well - as in moist brown bread. The sugary, candied fruitiness continues well over this, some spicy notes show up here and there, but long before the finish, alcohol gets in the way and eventually dominates, with a burning, wry, cheap liquor-like effect that heats not just the throat, but the whole mouth cavity. Earthy, yeasty, ’brown’ sugary, bready and malt sweet finish with a dash of herbal hop bitterness, sweetness still prevailing, but again the alcohol interferes way too much. Heck, I had beers of a higher ABV that did not taste this boozy... I hate it when alcohol is badly hidden and that is certainly the case here. Other than that, this is way too earthy and ’dirty’, with FFF-like notes in the nose which are anything but flattering. Drinkable alright, but far removed from the great imperial porters of this world - a style very susceptible to heated style discussions, I know, but from experience and having enjoyed many excellent examples from both the Old (Molen’s Tsarina Esra) and the New World (Ballast Point’s Victory At Sea), I expect an imperial porter to be clean and certainly not ’dirty’ like a mediocre Belgian quad as is the case here, with more emphasis on vanilla- and chocolate-like sweetness and less on beefy umami effects. An important technical flaw and an important ’style flaw’ combined: this is a bit of a disappointment. I guess Aegir still has a long way to go to reach the quality standards of their fellow Norwegians at Lervig, who doubtlessly can present a top notch imperial porter if they want to (shame I missed their collab with All In Brewing, apparently their only attempt at this style so far). Needs finetuning as far as I’m concerned. nihtila (4085) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2017
Keg at ECBF. Nose is sweet roast, coffee. Tastes a bit boozy, roast, sweet, straightforward. ironcontra (507) - ATL, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2017
On tap @ Edinburgh Beer Festival. Not a lot going on on the nose, relatively inoffensive + typical but drinkable, no vector really dominating the taste here.