jerich01 (16) - USA - JUN 10, 2010
One of the best beers I have ever had. The blend of port with the flavorful stout creates a unique beer with old world flavor. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - SEP 20, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2004 This is really, really great stout. It looks perfect in my dimple mug, rocky, lasting head and purple-black in color. Lots of purple, plummy flavors in evidence, just really great tasting brew. This one actually lived up to the hype of the label "silver medal" etc. One of the best beers that I have tried for while. johndoughty (5452) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2002
A dark stout that hits you with a thud.A small amount of port has been added and this gives a subtle wine aftertaste.A complex beer to be enjoyed on dark winter nights but also experienced at any other time.Dont pour it down your throat but drink slowly and appreciate the brewers art.Highly recommended. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2003
Almost black with some redness. Has a big thick tan head. Aroma of roast, vinious fruit and coffee. Flavor is roasty and bitter. Long dry and bitter finish. Very good. harrisoni (18579) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 19, 2005
Cask handpull at The Three Greyhounds, London Xmas Pub Crawl. Deep rich stout with lots of fruit. Rich, thick and gorgeous. Dry grainy finish. One of the best stouts I’ve had. Some very good sour notes and good dark fruits too. It just has everything you would want and mixes them together so well. Beer of the day for me.
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2003
Awesome. Warming Port aroma, some chocolate and roasted nuts in the nose. Billowy head sits on top until the end, brilliant sheets of lace are sticky and strong. The port taste is strong, but chocolate malts do come through. Slight bitterness and roastiness at the end. More port wine at the finish. A very fine dessert beer. One hell of a nose! Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2006
The beer pours from 500ml brown body a soot black with a tinge of ruby, the head forms a light chocolate brown semi-creamy crown to top the great body, as it vanishes, the resultant lace forms a thick obscuring skirt to surround the glass. Nose has a bittersweet chocolate aroma, back up by the sweet port, fresh and clean, start is sweet with a delightful grain presence, and the top is rich and full to the palate. Finish has a perfect acidity, the hops supported by the port, which gives you a nice warming sensation, dry and lingering aftertaste, after sampling I went out and got a couple more of this most delightful bottle conditioned beer. Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - SEP 3, 2003
Bottled. Lovely dark, dark brown with a fine, thick and full tan head. Slightly mocha, roasted malt aroma, with hints of fermented blood-plums. Dry with plenty of kick to it. Flor present and visible in the bottom. This is an absolutely fine drop. I definitely be having more of these to refine the rating. thedm (6187) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large sized head of frothy foamy finely sized light brown colored beautiful bubbles that left behind a most pretty lacing. Been a long time since I saw a lacing that nice! The body was opaque black with no hope of visible carbonation! Excellent body! The aroma was a bit on the mild side, but very nice with strong malt coffee and mild chocolate scents mixed in with a few good roasted notes. The mouth feel was thick smooth and very heavy with malt and a lingering coffee malt finish. Scrumptious! The flavor contained notes of coffee malt hops chocolate and roasted nuts. Delicious. Pinnhead (93) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 19, 2006
I’m not used to a stout that is so bubbley it produces an almost overflowing head. not a complaint, just observation. is ruby red. Not as heavy as a regular stout and not nearly as sweet as I feared it would be.