rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2017 Scipio (1274) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark brownish not quite black with a medium tan head. The aroma is earthy, with caramel, chocolate, nuts, and bready malts. The taste has a main focus on chocolate and nuts. It is very malty and bready, especially as the taste lingers in your mouth. I find some hints of raisin in here as well. Aftertaste consists of caramel, chocolate and bread. Medium bodied and chewy in texture. It isn’t overly carbonated. Not bad. I think I actually like this a bit more than my rating suggests. All of the impressions are rather subtle here. But I’m drinking this, the more I’m enjoying it.
bottle. Deep brown with one finger head. While not my favorite take on a porter, this is a very interesting beer. Very roasty, almost charred. Dry. Rather thin. Hops are fairly forward and provide a bitter finish.
Jabic (735) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 24, 2017
Ar: Treacle, char, and toffee; deeply aromatic burnt caramel; some nougat; a little smoke, cherry, mango, and pineapple. Ap: Deep brown and semi-transparent along the edges; small light tan head with low retention, leaves a sudsy ring of mixed-sized bubbles and a nebula of foam. T: Char, treacle, and nougat; very low sweetness; pineapple, red apple, and butterscotch; smoke and burnt caramel linger throughout; bitterness is medium-low and clean; very dark cocoa and caramel on the finish. P: Light body with medium-high carbonation; finish is dry. O: The depth of malt flavor--particularly the caramel, roasted, and chocolate notes--is really astounding in such a small (abv) beer; it could use a bit more sweetness to really round it out, but it is quite quaffable yet deeply flavorful as is. john44 (3456) - SW London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2017
Bottle. (Brief tasting notes and rating from old records) - BCA – Tasty, dark, roasted & chocolate flavoured, very heavily malted porter. Very drinkable. Enjoyed this. (Backlog) Grumbo (4264) - 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 (2640) - 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 (6216) - Waterford, 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 (4208) - Charleston, 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 (1749) - 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 (1264) - 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 (4169) - Orlando, Florida, 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