Grumbo (3482) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2017
Bottle. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. Source not recorded. No tasting notes kept, just rating. Fatehunter (2585) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 19, 2017
Pours a half finger of head on a black body.
Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, darker fruits, wood, and licorice.
The taste is less pronounced than the aroma. A more straightforward roasted malt with a bit of lemon bitterness.
Texture is crisp.
It smells great. superspak (5800) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2016
330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/24/2014. Pours crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, wood, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, molasses, toasted brown bread, light coffee/nuttiness, plum, apple, herbal, wood, light pepper, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, cocoa, toasted brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, wood, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero alcohol warming as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a very nice English porter style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering. weihenweizen (3997) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2016
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a glass. Clear medium brown with small beige head. Aroma is chocolate and dark malt. jrodooo5 (1691) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - MAY 6, 2016
Very nice dark pour w/ a retaining off white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is surprisingly boozy w/out much else coming through. The taste has some nice malt character upfront but quickly fades into a dry booziness. It’s different for the style & low abv but I’m not completely in love w/ it!
DandyWolfFloyd (1212) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2016
Aroma -toffee, caramel, chocolate, and roasted barley.
Appearance - the body is seal brown, almost black. The head is beige and 2+" and frothy, the lacing is very good.
Taste - rich mix of malt - some chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, and some oats.
Palate - medium body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, and malty somewhat tannic finish. Jow (3997) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 31, 2016
Bottle at Royal Mile. Dark pour. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Tastes of milk chocolate, some coffee, earth, licorice. Creamy body. Quite tasty and smooth. I liked it rustbucket0873 (460) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 16, 2015
Pours black with tan.heqd. the aroma is sweet caramel grassy. Nothing stqnds out directly. The flavor is caramel, roast at the end and a ton of earthy. Overall dry and lighht body. Overall not great, not the worst either tightslice (1383) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle from Willow’s Market in Menlo Park, CA. Aroma is roasted malts, light bourbon notes, maybe even an Old Fashioned, light smoke. Taste is dark roasted malts, light bourbon booziness. Finishes light and dry, ashy. The_Osprey (8515) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2015
[Sorry - shitty numbers only rating from July 2010. Bottle in Skewen. "thin porter, not very good".]