Travlr (21971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 21, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Extremely dark brown, medium tan head that settles quickly and leaves solid but delicate lacing. Aroma of chocolate covered raisins and port wine. Taste is cocoa, dates, prunes, dark ripe cherries. Slight smoke edge. Very tasty.
fiulijn (19577) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2006
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2013
2013-01-30, bottle courtesy of humlelala, 7.5% ABV, bb 25.04.2013, 8-5-8-4-16=41
Black color with generous compact head. Intense aroma, with roasted malts, dark chocolate, leather, Shitake mushrooms, some cellar mold. The mouthfeel is very smooth in the front, drier in the end; good flavor of roasted malts, without being too ashy, with correct bitterness; it also has some dark chocolate.
2007-05-11, bottle at Københavnske Øldage 2007, 7-4-7-4-14=36
Black color; thin head. Some aroma of roasted malt, liquorice. Good body structure, powerful mix of malt, caramel, roasted malt and liquorice.
2006-02-19, bottle, 7.5% ABV, 9-5-9-5-18=46
Pours oily, it has a black heart colour with a huge brown head.
The aroma has a strong bread touch in the beginning; then it develops itself into some roasted malt, hops, milk. It’s a 9.5, a symphony!
The mouthfeel is round, full, with a silky power of roasted malt, a touch of liquorice, the right balance between sweetness and bitterness. Everything is perfectly blended together.
It has a powerful and long finish, dominated by the burnt sugar, roasted malts and coffee.
I’m drinking it in the Courage Imperial Russian Stout original glass, and it’s perfect, it’s a real Imperial Russian Stout! Marvelous!
Leighton (19159) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 13, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at Bruce’s, London - big thanks to Paul. Pours thick, black-brown with a dense, beige cream head. Some milk chocolate in the nose, hints of burnt wood and hard alcohol out. Medium to big sweet flavor, good and rich bitter earth, dark cocoa, strong roast, bittersweet cocoa. Full bodied with fine, creamy carbonation. Mellow warmth to finish, gritty chocolate, earth, bit of milk chocolate, light roast. Damn tasty.
rlgk (18730) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a brown head. Chocolate aroma with smoky notes, quite malty and salty. Falovr from coffee and cocoa. Quite bitter but still with some malts showing.
Rasmus40 (18102) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned version. Black with a big brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee and light smoky. Flavor is rather sweet and moderate bitter. Dry and bitter finish. Excellent porter. 190909
Koelschtrinker (17959) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 10, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sehr schokoladig malziger Antrunk, ausbalanciert, kräftig, aber angenehm. Das Bier wird weiter würziger und röstmalzig, dieses Aroma hält sehr lange. Zuletzt kommt eine holzig-herbe Note auf.
Vielleicht das beste Bier des LCRBM, und da waren einige Knaller!
Test vom 11.9.2007, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 13,13,13,12,11,13 - 12,75
harrisoni (17457) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at GBBF 2007. Very dark brown with lasting tan head. Lots of choc on aroma. This is pretty damn good. Smooth in mouth, smooth great porter. Makes you feel all relaxed. Little bit smokey too, but the feel is great. That is such a great beer. So much so that I took a bottle home with me to drink on the train.
saxo (17057) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask. Small head with shor duration. Color is close to black. Aroma and taste are both dominated by strong licorice.
yngwie (16590) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 16, 2008 Can. It pours a black body under a creamy tan head. Roasted, burnt nose with a little chocolate and molasses. Touch of dried fruits too. Less hoppy than I remember the bottled edition to be, but I might remember incorrectly. Coffee too. It has a chewy, full-bodied and dry mouthfeel. There’s lots of sweetness in it, as well as chocolate, molasses and not to forget, burnt and roasted malt. Some warming alcohol, especially towards the lasting finish, which is also burnt and coffee-bitter. Dry and slightly astringent too. As it warms up, a distinct licorice flavor comes forward, and the hops become evident. The aroma is also changing, now it’s like the first sniff you take upon entering a chocolate store. And suddenly, all that’s left is the lacings. It’s still a nice brew, really nice actually, even though the new owners tampered the reciepe slightly, and it’s certainly one of the most interesting beers in Denmark, considering price and quality. Rating: 8-5-8-4-17-4.2. Leaving old rating untouched. (080816)
Bottled at RBESG-06, GTN. It pours black, with a brown head, and releasing lots of aromas. Sweetness, coffee, alcohol, mocha, cocoa, licorice, vanilla, chocolate and roasted malt. Mocha, coffee, roasted malt, hop-notes and fruity hints in the flavor. Full-bodied, creamy, drying mouthfeel and a long coffee finish with both hop- and coffee-bitterness. A surprisingly sweet, yet dry, bitter and just lovely beer that I wish were available in Norway as well. (Tasted again 060829, and once again 061028, the last time from cask. The casked version had more licorice and more bitter coffee-notes. Adjusted palate from 4 to 5 after yet another sample 061122) (060826)
TBone (16233) - Pori, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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Pitch black, small dark tan head. Loads of coffee beans, roasted malts in the nose. Roasted, lots of coffee there, bite of alcohol in the finish. Full-bodied and balanced - the worth of every praise.