esox (1225) - Oulu, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. A clear, dark ruby-brown porter with creamy tan head. Sweet bready and some rich caramel malt aromas, sweet chocolate sauce, ripe plums and surprisigly fresh fruitiness and perfumes hard to describe. Taste starts with pretty straightforward pale malt flavor, light caramel but vanilla fudge flavors rapidly take over. Caramel, raisin and wood flavors in the finish with dry/woody bitterness and dark chocolate. Nice balance, but a bit sweet when warm. Medium to full body, carbs are perfectly fit and counterbalance the sweetness. Very nice.
Brandman (2900) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black body, light brown head. Aroma has some very robust maltiness. Berries and acid. Cola soy sauce and alcohol. Thinnish.
Scopey (13323) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Chriso’s Xmas Tasting 2015. It pours cloudy dark brown with a small beige head. The nose is sweet roast, toffee, fruit cake, toast and chocolate. The taste is bitter, earthy roast, toast, charred stuff, leather, peppery spice, oiliness and some mild astringency with a dry, toasted finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. I found this a touch harsh and astringent. So-so.
gregwilsonstl (2252) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark black. Dominant initial flavor that I can’t totally place, almost like a coffee taffy. Acidic after taste. Creamy in a milky way. I really like this. Thanks Jackl.
niquillis (2344) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Bottlecraft, Hanley. Pours black brown with fast diminishing tan head. Sharp roast bitter start, some toffee, cream, more roast malt, coffee. Decent porter.
Kavu (4395) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0,33l bottle @ Vihreä Haltiatar. Pours very dark brown with a low head. Aroma is sweet roasted malts with dark fruits and alcohol. Flavor is sweet roasted malts, dark fruits, alcohol and hops. Great.
beeebon (422) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - DEC 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with initially large deminishing tan head. Aroma is mild cocoa, roasty malt, earthy yet also creamy and a touch of vanilla. Taste is medium bodied, sweet yet cleanly dry bitter. Minimal carbonation and quite oily in the mouth. Very nice porter!
Theydon_Bois (17958) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle split at Chriso pre Xmas tasting, 06/12/15.
Dark mahogany brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is light roast malt, toffee, spice, dark fruits with a slight tarte come lactic edge.
Taste comprises chocolate, dark malt, trace of vanilla, toffee, dark fruit rinds.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
The_Osprey (7136) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle share at Chriso’s. Thanks! No ABV or date details. Dark brown, red hue, small foamy white head. Aroma is toffee, coke, touch of rum, spiced treacle, light metallic notes. Body is medium, smooth, soft carbonation. Taste is toast, toffee with a dry earthy finish. Not bad.
teorn88 (7209) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 8, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
33cl bottle shared at Chriso’s Xmas Tasting 2015, London. It pours a dark brown small beige head. Aroma is light sweet caramel and grains. Taste has molasses caramel and starch. Light to medium bodied with ok carbonation. Overall, ok