Hammy78 (968) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle purchased at "The Village Beer Merchant" in Buffalo. Pours a dark dark dark black/ brown with a small khaki head that recedes to a very small ring. A few minor flecks of lacing here and there. Aroma is instantly of like red wine, caramel malt, coffee, a little chocolate. Tastes like dark chocolate, some coffee, berries, honey and mocha. Really quite nice.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving: 500 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with a tan head. The nose has lots of coffee, raisin, a touch of date, and brown sugar. The flavor has a slight sour twinge to it, with lots of toffee, dates, some roast, and a slight earthiness. Really quite enjoyable. Medium bodied with average carbonation and a lingering malty finish. There is lots of complexity to this brew. Definitely enjoy it as it warms and transforms.
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 mL bottle shared by Velkyal. Always glad to try another Norrebro. Pours dark brown with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, honey, floral notes and nuts. The taste is bitter roasted malts, honey, earth, a slightly salty note and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
TURDFERGUSON (4056) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark hazelnut brown with small sudsy tan head. Nose of vanilla, cream, coffee, cocoa, soy. Flavor is akin to a Baileys Irish Cream milkshake I had in Italy when I was 16. Weird.
emacgee (4661) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black pour with some chestnut notes showing through. One finger of sandstone tan head. Interesting nose, notes of fish sauce/soy sauce with some fruit skins and day old coffee. The inside of the cap was kind of weird so I’m not sure if something happened to this. Has almost no carbonation and a thin body. Slightly tannic and fruity, soy sauce and spent coffee grounds.
chibuck (3513) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer is very black and with light there is only a hint of brown. The head is a very light tan that rises about 1 finger but sadly it is gone quickly leaving only slight foam around the rim of the glass. The lacing is light.
The aroma is very nice with lots of malts on the front that are very sweet. There is light cherry, vanilla and a tad of honey. I get very small amount of coffee at the end.
Wow, where’d all that coffee come from right on the front of the taste. I wasn’t expecting that at all. The coffee is light and roasty that lasts pretty much the whole length of the taste. This taste is also some nice charred wood. At the end you get a little more bitterness. The taste is a little disappointing because its not what I expected and its not very complex having pretty much the same not throughout.
The feel is also down as it is pretty watery and not much of a crisp taste.
Overall, the beer is ok but not great for a porter.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
In short: A sweet and very roasted Porter/Stout with plenty coffee, nuts and nougat.
How: Bottle (500ml?). Exact age unknown but consumed probably fresh about 2 months after purchase. Bottle dropped at my place by dand645, thanks a lot Dan
The look: Black body topped by a persistent small brown head
In long: Nose of very charred malts, a touch of smoke and fresh black coffee. Taste has tasty fancy smooth coffee like those nutty ones they sell at good coffee shops, sweet pecan pie, some honey, charcoal, lactic notes, a bit of vanilla extract. Discreet (very discreet) hops presence. All that blends together and leaves a coffee-nougat dessert after-taste. The beer is sweet but it is not really bothersome. Most of it was good but I was turned of a bit by the lactic notes and lack of attempt at a balance with some hops. Bottom line, it was an ok beer but not worth the price we have to pay for these in North-America. But there are more important things in life than money. The problem is that they all cost money.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour is a very dark brown with some garnet highlights up to the light with an average, pale tan, frothy head which settles to a very thin froth and leaves just a bit of frothy lace rings. The nose is pleasant with a burnt coffee note, bitter chocolate, slight anise, slight molasses, faint dark breads, and a strong nutty presence (pecan). Similar flavor with a slight dark honey note, light roast, still the pecan notes, chocolate is more milk chocolate, and just hints of anise and smoke. The palate is fitting with a more than medium body, less than lively carbonation, and silky/round mouthfeel. The finish is drying a bit with dark breads, anise, and a honeyed coffee note lingering? I did not get the dried fruit notes as the description suggests but the rest is about spot on. Nice to have some different complexities in a porter other than chocolate and restrained roast... The being said, beers brewed with honey seem to unnecessarily dry out the finish, albeit they do add some depth to the malts. Overall, an interesting beer but not at the top of my list as far as porters go.
elihapa (1552) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 5, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
10/1/10 notes: bottle. Nose is sweet chocolate, caramel and a touch of smoke. Body is quite thin, with a lingering finish. Flavors feature bittersweet chocolate, licorice, coffee and a hint of licorice through the middle. End notes lean dry and bittersweet. Not bad, but palate definitely could be zippier.
LoFi (1714) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Espresso, chocolate and some ashes in the aroma. Mouthfeel a bit fizzy with medium body. Taste starts off with some chocolate and sweet licorice, leading into an espresso bitterness with some citrus, ending in a sweet and bitter aftertaste.