omhper (25949) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 21, 2006
[Draught at Købehavnske Øldage] Dark black, creamy head. Rich coffee aroma. Dryish and smooth. Tar competes with coffee for domination. Solidly malty, but towards the finish it turnsh somewhat harsh and inky. In my opinion Ølfabrikken makes other beers that are far better. OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Bottle via trade with BierKönig - Thanks Jeppe! Pours almost black with a large pillowy tan head that stays very well and laces thickly on the sides of the glass. Bold robust aroma of roasted malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Flavor is coffee, chocolate and bold roasted malts, a little toffee, and mild hops on the finish. Quite creamy and robust on the palate. Oily but chewy in the mouth. Reminds me alot of Founders Breakfast Stout actually. Very nice brew and very worthy of it’s top 50 spot! goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2006
Poured black with a nice brown head. The thick aroma started with coffee and very roasted malt. Nice amount of chocolate followed it up. The aroma was mostly sweet but a light tartness was also present. Huge roasted malt flavor. Chocolate and coffee abound with light notes of fruit. Hops held balance it out and finish with a big bitterness. The beer started sweet and finished dry. patrick767 (4474) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2007 bottle at the Hampton tasting, thanks BBB63 - Exceptional. Pours thick and black with a moderate, enduring brown head. The aroma is heavy on the roast malt and chocolate. The flavor includes the same plus strong espresso notes and a pleasing hops balance. It’s full bodied, softly carbonated, and has a somewhat hoppy finish.
edit: recently had a big bottle of this one all to myself at J.K. O’Donnell’s in Fort Wayne. It’s superb and I’ll stick with my original rating. Actually I’ll bump it up just a bit. Great beer. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2006
Bottle provided to me by Mads Berg and shared at the Hampton Inn Friday Night Party, hope TAR finds his rating: Extreme oily black color with a long lasting tan head. The aroma has notes of coffee, chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, walnut, prune, and hint of grassy and piney hop, and some chalky yeast ester.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2006
WOW, a heavy bittersweet flavor of espresso, mocha powder, dark fruit, and hops done right. Wonderful balance supported by an excellent oily and lightly chewy mouth feel. There is an interesting sharpness on the aftertaste, vinous and even a little salty.
Outstanding "porter" than could easily be called a stout. Lived up to expectations, heck it honestly surpassed them.
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 Courtesy BBB63 and Secret Santa July ’07SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2006
Great aroma of lots of chocolate, strong plum, light black licorice, and faint roasted coffee. Pours an inky black with a moderate brown head that lasts a minute or so. The flavor starts with light chocolate with some faint black licorice. The chocolate really builds in the finish and combines with a moderate-strong roasted coffee bitterness giving it a nice cafe mocha flavor mixed with plums, charred wood bitterness, and a hint of vanilla and caramel. Full bodied with a slick creamy mouthfeel.
Bottle shared by ClarkVV. Pours a deep dark black color with a thick, sticky dark brown head. Nose is dark chocolate, lots of roast malt, a slight salty meat note (that noone else noticed or I imagined) a nice hop scent as well is present. Flavor is more of the thick chocolate and roast. Very oily and sticky on the palate. Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2006
Deep, opaque black with dark brown hues at the edges. The brown head is initially large, but it settles done to a thin, persistent layer of foam. A cool aroma of heavy roasted malt, espresso, dark chocolate, dark fruits, molasses, light hoppy pine and perhaps even a hint of cinnamon. The body is thick and robust with a soft, velvety carbonation on the tongue. The flavor is outstanding: tons of roasted character, some caramel and cocoa for sweetness, rich coffee and that brown sugar/molasses element. What a tasty beer: creamy, sweet, smooth, bitter and just down right enjoyable. ClarkVV (6958) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 13, 2006
500mL, counterpressure filled bottle from Jacob Lovenlund shared with OldGrowth and SuIIy on 4/9/06kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
Served from a wine glass well-chilled to start.
Wow, this aroma is like a caged animal. As soon as the cap comes off (actually before the cap comes off, as the beer was so well carbonated, it leaked) mounds of black chocolate, French roast coffee, dates, raisins, toffee and fudge pour forth. Cascade hops linger heavily in the background providing a leafy, citric backdrop. Another hop variety may be in there too, giving it a juicy, almost wintergreen and resin-like note. The hops just slightly offset the deep, cakey chocolate, while the dry, coffee-like roastiness imparted by the roasted barley fills the senses vividly. Maris otter adds that earthy, almost salty English toffee-like flavor. Incredible amount going on in the aroma, which dosent seem cluttered, importantly. Coffee, roast, hints of earthy smoke and leafy, juicy, flavorful hops keep a terrific balance. I sat and sniffed the beer for a good while before trying it.
The appearance is perfect, simply put. Huge tan head is immaculately retained for the entirety of the glass, being dense, creamy and full of lacing. Black, unfiltered body is opaque with only a light crimson tinge on the edge when held to the light.
The flavor is just shockingly reserved, elegant and importantly, not overdone. While this is a bit thicker of body than your typical porter, it is not some uber-hopped, hot, cloying mess of a beer. Quite the opposite. Vanilla and chocolate come to the front, both drying the palate, while sweet creamy milk-chocolate malts fill in the edges of the palate. Coffee flavor is mild, but still appreciated, as dark fruits (plums, prunes, raisins) enliven things and the tight, but well utilized carbonation forces the husky roasted barley dryness through to the end, where a symphony of deep, subtle hops, chewy, earthy, salty maris otter malt and soft fudginess all meld in to one satisfying finish. Texture, as I have made mention of throughout, is supportive, substantial, mostly chewy, but never heavy or sluggish. Tight carbonation sees to that. No sign of alcohol anywhere in aroma or flavor.
I was so skeptical of this, thinking it would just be an over-the-top, Americanized "Porter", (aka an American Imperial Stout or Imperial Porter) but it is not. Sure, it’s pretty hefty, but the dryness from the roast and chocolate malt, and the fruitiness, help keep it down to earth. As well, the unpasteurized nature gives it a really homely feel. Could session with this easily. Fullers London Porter eat your heart out.
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2007 500 ml bottle, via sk8viking. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black body with a fluffy craggy two finger dark brown head. Amazing head retention. Complex nose of chocolate, roast, coffee, and a dry yeastiness competing for dominance. Lesser notes of alcohol, plums, and chalk. Flavor is even bigger than the aroma, big and chocolaty up front with a roasty backing. Coffee and alcohol stand out in the middle, and a bitter bakers chocolate, yeasty, and espresso laden finish becoming slightly vinous. Very good length to the finish. You can only describe the mouthfeel as chewy and full bodied with absolutely perfect soft carbonation. Finish is slightly oily. Overall, clearly one of, if not the, best Porters I’ve ever had. From start to finish this beer just exuded perfect craftmanship and a great attention to detail. The only detraction I can really see is that it is a bit high in alcohol to be categorized as a straight Porter, but that really has nothing to do with the taste. A truely awesome beer.