Marsiblursi (3076) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2010 (Bottle) Pours black with a creamy, light brown head. The aroma holds honey and dried fruits like figs, prunes and apricots up front. A light vinous oxidation note is present. Leather and tobacco. Herbal and light medical. Round and smooth roasted with mild tones of dark caramel, dark chocolate/chocolate cake, rye bread and cold coffee. Some brown sugar and muscovado sweetness on the nose. Maybe some cherry lemonade alongside a whisper of smoke. The flavour is near medium sweet and light to medium bitter. Only light acidic but quite sour. A salty hint that reminds me of liquorice present in the background. A touch of smoked bacon. Smooth roasted and vinous with a clear note of honey. Undertones of dried fruits, medicine and caramel. Well hidden alcohol. The mouthfeel is round and silky at first, but the finish is acidic and unclean. The aftertaste is of coffee roast, earthy tobacco/leather and citric acid. Medium to full bodied. Do not get me wrong, I love the old Olfabrikken brewery and the sour twist is maybe a result of my ungentle way of cellaring beers but the flavour is just too sour.
bhensonb (14617) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Marcus. Pours black with a clingy, low, but frothy, tan head. Light hone aroma with lots of toasted malt, plus a little heat. Full bodied with near creamy carbonation. Lots of burnt sugar malt - almost a touch of treacle. Finishes very thickly smooth.Goes well with spicey sausage.
marcus (9687) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin tan head and an awesome chocolate aroma. There is a bitter chocolate flavor and some sour fruit and carbonation. I’m not sure this bottle improved with age.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$10.99 wasn’t too steep, so I got this at Discount Liquors. 2005 vintage. The beer pours to a black body with a dense tan head. The aroma is chocolate and tons of honey. Dark chocolate. The flavor is nicely chocolatey with a tangy back end. Medium full body. Tangy quality kind of reminded me of the New Glarus Olde English Porter (but not as sour)
Travlr (22922) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle stored for 15 months prior to serving.
Deep dark maroon with medium beige head that settles to a thin layer and nice lacing.
Dark chocolate aroma with berries and light spice, possibly cinnamon.
Flavor begins with sweet chocolate with a bitter cocoa edge, dark fruit, and vanilla. Nicely complex.
Great body, exactly as expected for a winter brew.
Worth seeking out. Laying it down for a season mellows it quite a bit.
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from my brother as a gift shared with a friend what a dumb ass I was,2005 vintage so I really didn’t know how this one was going to be,well to my surprize this one aged into a gem poured dark brown thick tan head with a nose of vanilla,honey,cofee and chocolate taste was of a sweet vanilla honey with coffee and chocolates coming to the party in my mouth late this one was a very big surprize I thought it could have been past its prime but it just stood up to time and shined like a rock star I am reccomending this one very strongly
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - OCT 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
(on bottle) Pitch black, no head. Slightly tart, bramble and coffeebeans. The mouth is perky and at the same time, slowly bobbly. So for the taste itself it´s both dry and sweet, so complex drinking it, it makes me want red meats and heavy sauces. Some of the 11% are gone by now, but the coffeebeans just lingers on and on.
thedm (5978) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy fine to medium sized light brown colored bubbles that were and left behind a opaque no visible carbonation dark brown colored body and a fair lacing. The mild aroma was dark malt. The flavor contained notes of vinous dark malt and mildly medicinal. A decent one that I would consider buying again.
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
In an effort to knock out the rest of my backlog, my ratings will be fairly generic and sparse. If the beer had anything special to offer, it will be noted following this disclaimer. The number ratings above are accurate based on my tasting notes. Following the elimination of my backlog, all beers will be entered in real time and will be more useful. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Dark brown with dark roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Not sure what makes this a winter porter versus a normal porter, but it is a great porter during any season.
thomat (3588) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a small brown head. Coffee and chocolate tones. Roasted, bitter and coffee. Full body with a bitter finish.