Alengrin (5249) - BELGIUM - JUL 15, 2016
Left Hand porter trying to connect with the style’s English origins. Moussy, pale greyish beige, medium thick head breaking quickly in the middle but well retaining on the edges and in a few thin veils of foam in the middle; deep dark bronze colour with ruby red hue, but fully translucent. Aroma of wet cocoa powder, fudge, some FFF (freshly fermented farmland), hint coffee grounds, milk chocolate, walnut shell, raisins, soggy brown bread, fresh fig, damp tree leaves, brown sugar, cold black tea somewhere, faint candied banana, elderberry, feeble suggestion of liquorish. Sweetish, rounded onset, fig, blackberry, raisin, soft carbo. Pleasantly ’fluffy’ and rounded mouthfeel with somewhat ’stinging’ carbonation, caramelly and nutty malt sweetness with a toasted bittering edge in the end but sweetness prevailing, though a slight ’dim’ sourishness goes through as well, preventing it from becoming too sweet; weak metallic note as well. Well-accomplished finish of ongoing malt sweetness, a tad chocolatey in the very end, paired with this pleasant toasted bittering edge and, all the way at the back, a hint of spicy, leafy hop bitterishness enhancing the toasted bitterness without taking over. I also get a glow of warming alcohol, which should not be the case in a beer below 7% ABV, but it remains subtle. This does come across as very English: Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter, Fuller’s London Porter or even Meantime London Porter spring to mind and if these English examples are to be considered as semi-archetypes of the contemporary English brown porter style after the style was resurrected from the dead, I can only say that this beer achieves its goal extremely well. It has a light metallic feel to it but that goes for other modern English brown porters as well, and the overall malt profile is very similar to what many more classically oriented English breweries would do with this style. In fact, had I tasted this blind, I’d even situate it in merry old England. Nicely done, convincing as a ’real’, i.e. good old-fashioned brown porter, rather than the often (too) stout-like examples you get from many other breweries across the craft brewing world. Cajun (532) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - JUL 15, 2016
Bottle -Pours black... hardly a head, it went quick. I must have gotten hold of something old; certainly flat. Wasn’t great. Coffee and chocolate notes, yada yada... seemed like a nice porter had it been lively or had creamy head, but it was seriously lacking and weak. I’ll try to re-rate with another, fresher sample. WaddlingPlatypus (186) - Durham, ENGLAND - JUL 13, 2016
355ml bottle at the Head of Steam, Durham. Amber pour, with a thin, vanishing mocha head. Faint dark chocolate and coffee aroma. Flavours akin to golden ale, shot through with notes of milk chocolate. melush (3964) - SPAIN - JUN 13, 2016
@ Cerveceria Internacional, Seville, Spain.
A: Dark brown.
T: Roasted malt, sweet, chocolate, licorice. Mjp12 (1805) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2016
A great porter, with some lovely chocolate malt aromas, but enough hops to cut through the abv.
ianwelby (1369) - SCOTLAND - JUN 1, 2016
Reddish black beer, thin white head. Malty coffee aroma. Flavour is similar, with a dash of chocolate, vanilla and some tart, fruity hop. Mellow, hoppy aftertaste. Steven_B (249) - East Kilbride, SCOTLAND - MAY 30, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a small head. Aroma of roasted malts with a slighty sweet coffee note. Taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate and there is a subtle nuttiness. A smooth beer but a little thin. Niko100 (2891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Dark brown/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, & caramel; Flavor of roasted malt, caramel, hops, chocolate, and some nuts; Average but decent. fuzzcro (295) - Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2016
I could be way off the mark with this but my initial reaction was Black Jack gum! Smells just like a fresh pack! Being a porter of course the sweet sugar taste isn’t present but licorice, licorice, licorice screams outta the glass! Maersk (259) - MOLDOVA - APR 23, 2016
Thick head. Dark brown, almost black color. Smells wine and bread that is about to be toasted. The mildest non-nitro beer I’ve ever tried. Sweet bread, roast that is there for you in the aftertaste as well. Light bitterness in the finish. Good.