Mungo (2470) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2006
Cask conditioned @ Standing Order (JDW), Soton. Gentle roast with just a hint of ashy smoke and a touch of fruit. Light oily body quite dty with a decent balance of hop and roast in the finish. Quite nice. sayravai (4710) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007ante (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2006
(Bottled, 4.7% ABV) Dark cola brown with a smallish, beige, big-bubbly, partly lasting head. Licoricey, roasted-malty, leathery aroma with chocolate, and some tarred rope and smokiness. The flavor is salty-licoricey with black coffee and quite strongly burned malt. Medium-bodied, ashy and slicky palate with somewhat foamy carbonation. A quite pleasant porter, and perfect companion for playing Pirates (because of the tarred rope :). Color malt is slightly overdosed, but bearable. Anyway, a great addition to the Finnish supermarket selection!
Hunter’s, Sep 2, 2006, was 8-4-7-3-14=3.6) Very dark brown with a small head. Moderately smoky, quite licoricey aroma with roasted malt. Slightly sour and ashy, very roasty-malty flavor with a salty finish. A nice and tasty porter, especially for the abv.
Cask at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Black with dark brown edges with a low tan-coloured foam. Dark chocolate, ash, salt, cocoa powder in aroma with peaty undertones. Strong flavour of dark chococlate, tobacco, salt with a whif of smoke. Solid body. Long aftertaste of dark chocolate and peat. maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 2, 2007
Bottled at Chris_O Fest March 2007. A black coloured beer with a tiny white head. The aroma is slightly smoky with fishy notes and some light roast. The taste is very smoky. Fishy and dry. Fairly short finish when it could have delivered so much more. Has elements of wierdness. KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2008 Bottle (labeled Coal Fire Porter).
Plums, coffee, dry cocoa. Some peatiness in the finish, but more dry than sour. A nice one, rather complex, and it is miles above the black stuff being brewed in Dublin!
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 12, 2008
Bottle from Uto. Pours quite viscous, deep mahogany with a thin beige head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee grounds, ginger, liquorice, orange and sprucey hops...Reminds me of Yeti as I just had one earlier today. No smoke detected as of yet, a bit rubbery if anything. Ok, smoke does come through in the taste right away with roasted malt, coffee and a dry bittersweet chocolate and hop finish. It lingers(smoke), again with a somewhat rubbery note. Interesting brew, almost a hybrid between a porter and a stout, I like it. larsniclas (7108) - Billdal, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2008
Bottled at Beefeater Inn, Gothenburg.
Pitch black with a medium, beige head.
Loads of salty licorice and peat in the aroma.
Dito in the flavour but also some tar and dark toffee. mjs (7470) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 16, 2008
(Bottle on 2008-08-16) Deep dark brown. Quickly disappeared medium-sized tan head. Smoke and roasted malts in nose. Full-bodied palate with medium carbonation. Smoky flavour. Roastedness. Some coffee flavours. Hints of chocolate. Quack-Duck (9486) - 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. BeerViking (4908) - Brentford, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 3, 2009
Cask at the Magpie & Crown, Brentford. Deep red-black with a clingy dark beige head. The nose is treacley with hints of sour ale, coffee and dried fruit. The body brings sweet and roasty malt, a touch of molasses, and notes of old ale and black bread, with the aftertaste bringing through coffee and roasty bitterness.