Quack-Duck (9487) - Down South, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2009
bottle from TuckersMaltings. Deep black colour, mid-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of coffee and bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, pleasantly malty and pleasant hoppy flavours with hints of coffee, cocoa powder, bitter chocolate, raisins and a touch of smoke. A delicious brew to say good-bye to 2008. leaparsons (10655) - Wigston, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 29, 2008
Bottle. Black with a beige head. Aromas are earthy with sweet oats. Smoky and yeasty with mellow berries. Alcohol is evident. Flavours are light roast malts with hints of salt. Some sweet caramel with a dry finish. Decent. MiP (15943) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle, 4.6%. Fruity aroma, slightly roasted, hint of smoke. Black colour, small creamy light brown head. The flavour is mildly roasted, quite vinous, hint of salami smokiness. Mild carbonation. JoeMcPhee (9448) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle courtesy of PilsnerPeter. Dark brown beer with a thin light tan head. A touch of soft caramel and light maris otter malts. A touch of herbal spiciness and a bit of cherry esters and orange marmalade flavour. Lightly berryish with a touch of toast over the top. I didn’t get much smokiness from this one either, but it’s a pretty nice brew. Light earthy dustiness on the back. As it warms I get a touch of light cocoa and soft raisin/date. Sort of a porter/bitter hybrid. PilsnerPeter (3049) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks oh6gdx!) Pours a very deep brown with a touch of ruby in the light toped by a creamy tan head. Fairly estery nose- some raisin notes, mild chocolate cream, soft malts- very British feeling. Light on the palate. Softly malty with mild dark fruit notes- a touch of raisin and a papery/oxidized note (although it’s very subtle) Mild roast with residual fruitiness in the finish. No real smoke is detectable at all, but a decent British-style Porter.
austone (1062) - Turku; Pori, FINLAND - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle. Black, firm mocha head. Very nice smoky nose, smooth chocolate, coffee, tar and wood. Smoothly tarry flavor with salty liquorice, dry roasty and coffeeish finish. Chocolate comes up front when warm. Medium bodied, smooth carbonation. A great porter, immense character. tlind2 (1755) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 10, 2008
500 ml bottle. Black color, frothy tan head. Chocolaty aroma with a whiff of smoke and just a bit of banana. Dark malty flavor with plenty of smoke, especially in the finish. Smooth mouthfeel, medium body. Not half bad -- the smoke isn’t as predominant as in Schlenkerla. Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - OCT 1, 2008
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, smoke, sweet, hops and coffee. Bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth mouthfeel. Very nice brew. cgarvieuk (25224) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 30, 2008
Bottle at cropredy 2007. Thanks to Fin for this (one of many we swapped there) ... deep brown/black ... rich fruity smokey malt ... sweet cherry ... rich malts ... little honey ... fruity sweetness but a bit fizzy.3.7 KimJohansen (10510) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - SEP 22, 2008
TK2 Cask at Manchester Winter ale festial 08 ... deep black ... woody roast malts ... sweet blackcurrent amnd cherry ... little toffee ... little drying (3.4)
Tk3 ... BAH humbug a rebadge this time as Coal Fire Porter ... Still its a solid beer... Deep black ... light off white head ... wonderfully complex toffee malts light roast ... some smooth coffee in there ... and something else i cant identify but is realy rich and tasty ... 4.2
Black with medium beige head. Sweet aroma with roasted malt and coffee notes. Flavour likewise with hints of smoke. Ends sweet.