SilkTork (5738) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2006
Bottle conditioned. Aimed originally at the American market, this and the IPA are becoming increasingly available in the UK. This is very much an American style beer. Tasty, pleasant, flavoursome, and quite clean. It’s a very enjoyable, slightly sweet, beer, that somehow lacks the grit, sweat, character and charm of the beers that make you gasp and swoon. It’s ticked all the right boxes, in all the right order. It’s in a sense, quite a commercially successful beer because it has managed to appeal to its target audience. It’s strong, without being too heady. Just strong enoiugh to give some body and weight, and to make the beer feel serious enough. It’s bitter, but not - thankfully - being too aggresive. It’s got dark chocolate and sweet coffee notes. It’s your American Porter by the numbers. It works. But it’s boring. Everything is where it is supposed to be. It tastes familiar and dull. It’s all quite expected and tidy and neatly done. It’s amazingly dull for such a tasty beer. It has none of the unexpected oddities and delights of the great beers - none of the surprising twists and novel turns. It has no originallity or spark. It is a mechanical beer. Well made, yes. But in a very plastic way. Do I enjoy drinking it? O yes. Very much. Do I think this is a great beer? No. Will I buy it again? Probably. Though I’d rather have the somewhat cheaper and more delightful cask version of Shepherd Neame’s Porter. thomat (3868) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 9, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2007 Dark brown color with a firm brown foam. Chocolate and coffee tones. Medium to light body with a bitter finish. HumbertHumbert (77) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled and on draft at Falling Rock. I like porters, but I usually don’t rave about porters. I love this beer, though. Great color, mouthfeel, aroma, and flavor. Probably what I would call too heavy to be true-to-style, but who cares? Chocolate. whole grain bread, a touch of sweetness, bitter like the carmelized juices on the outside of an herb-crusted rib roast. I only wish the brett-enhanced version would get here soon! oh6gdx (26488) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 4, 2006
Bottled. Dark brown colour, brown head. Aroma is raosted malts, alcohol, slight leather and smoked wood. Flavour is roasted malts, alcohol, hops and roasted coffee. Pleasant mix. TBone (17545) - Pori, FINLAND - OCT 3, 2006
Dark brown, small but steady tan head. Smokey, roasted nose. Roasted, chocolaty flavor. Toasted aftertaste. Good balanced porter.
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 2, 2006
brown body with a light brown head.light aroma of toffee,coffee,chocolate,and roasted malts.flavor is the same with a bit of a milky/sour aftertaste. Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 2, 2006
(Bottle) Pours dark red/brown. Aroma of chocolate and light roasted malt. Milk-ish nose with notes of coffee. Milk and dark chocolate in flavour with some alcohol. Harsh, roasted,coffee bitter aftertaste with hints of grapefruit/citrus hops. No taste that lingers. Medium, malty boby. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Another nice brew from meantime. Aroma is that of malts and semi sweet chocolate. Flavor is very much the same. This is a good porter. molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2006
Pours dark brown, almost looks like a brown ale rather than a porter. Aroma of caramel and coffee, but rather faint. Taste is about the same, again faint. Palate is thin. I’d say they took a good porter and watered it down. The IPA was much better. Enniskillen (2055) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 20, 2006
Body is a foggy dark brown, no head, and looks like very little carbonation. The cork has no pop to it, just like the ipa. Aroma is a bit of caramel, light coffee, mollases. Taste is like a rocky road ice cream, along with a slight alcohol influence and almonds also. Very differant.