gripweed57 (2594) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2017 BOBBDrinker (67) - - MAY 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours with a thick and creamy white head supported by a deep rich dark malty beer. There is a potent caramel and roast aroma which compliment the carefully balanced blend of chocolate and caramel finished with a subtle hint of smoked malts. A very smooth beer completely inoffensive and its high alcohol content does not overpower the flavours and aromas. A really top class porter style beer.
From old tasting notes. Labeled as "Old Growler Special Porter". Translucent brown color with reddish highlights. Huge rocky tan head. Mild chocolate malt nose. Roasty, bittersweet malt flavor with hins of treacle and floral hops. Wonderfully satisfying. BeerRenter76 (1019) - Texas, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Originally rated on 8/12/08. O.G. poured a dark black body, miniscule carbonation led to a tiny head. I didnt rate this beer very high because the aroma and flavor were rather strange. Almost like burnt black licorice, thats the closest thing to compare it with. It wasnt bad or offensive, just different. It was a little creamy and smooth, easy to drink. It was a decent brew, one i would probably try again to see if i could figure it out better. Danev76 (505) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 27, 2014
Malty, toffee aroma. Black colour with ok head. Nice caramel flavour up front with roasted nut and chocolate. Slightly bitter finish. Heavy body with medium carbonation. Holmen2 (3749) - NORWAY - MAY 18, 2014
Dark copper. Beige head and lacing. Gentle aroma of fine hops, dark caramel and port. Similar taste. A bit on the sweet side. Decent drinkability. Low carbonation. geologyguy (1614) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2014
dark fruit smell...taste is the same...much like other english porters...slightly bitter, a low malty sweetness residing, nothing really special here... straight forward beer
Rob_D_UK (1369) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 2, 2014
Hazy garnet colour. Very thick head colored light khaki. Good bit of chocolate in the nose. john44 (3133) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 21, 2014
Bottle - Dark Reddish-Brown in colour. Malty; roasty malts, liquorice, coffee. Spicy. Hoppy. Bitter, slightly sour, porter. Bitter roasted malty dry finish. kufdam (159) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
500ml bottle from Tesco in Windsor. Muddy black beer. Thin cream head. Smokey cocoa. Buttery with figgy treacle pudding. Some date and blackcurrant. BVery (10609) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Bottle. Deeper brownish pour with a soapy head. Chocolate and grain, some mild dark fruit, but a bit missing the mark for me. superspak (5691) - Michigan, USA - JAN 18, 2014
500 ml bottle into pint glass, L1125 bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, cocoa, brown bread, molasses, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, brown bread, cocoa, molasses, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, brown bread, cocoa, raisin, fig, light roast, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and slightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice English porter style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.