rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2017
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 (702) - 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 (3392) - 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 (3973) - 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 (2614) - 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 (6008) - 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 (4111) - 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 (1718) - 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!