Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Cask at the Trafalgar with Mes, 25th April 2008. This is a cracking porter. Pours a dark brown with a persistent cream-colour head. The intriguing aroma of tar, TCP, chocolate malt sets things up and then the smoky, tarry malt flavour delivers the punchline on a balanced, smooth, suprisingly light palate. Very good indeed. Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Cask, Turf Tavern. Deep ruby black with a long lasting cap of open tan foam. Soft plumy fruit, clean coffee aroma. Gentle but sustained roast--dark toffee, a bit of soft chocolate, and a touch of mineral quality in the finish. Soft, a nice fullness, and ideal blend of roast and gentle carbonation give it a cleaness between sips. Brilliant. Everything a session strength porter should be. imdownthepub (14554) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 16, 2007
Cask conditioned at Adderbury Beer Fest ’07. Black with red hue, malty beige head. Lovely quaffable porter with a divine, blackberry fruity aroma, I know because as I was serving this the aroma made the juices flow. Deep chocolatey flavour with a autumnal fruitiness, sweetish finish. Great stuff and my beer of this festival. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Handpump at the Turf in Oxford. Pours a nearly opaque black with a depp lasting brown head. Aroma of dates and chocolate. Body is med. with a perfect sliky body. Flavors of coffee chocolate nougat and burnt toast. Finish is med. bitter. A near perfect British Porter. Highly enjoyable. Leighton (21255) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 2, 2013
Cask at the Maypole, Cambridge. Pours charcoal black with a steady, light cream cap. Good roasted malt aromd, some darkly toasted bread, dark sugars. Light to medium sweet flavor with balanced roast, light charred wood, burnt sugars, burnt marshmallows, faint raisins. Medium bidied with fine carbonation. Great condition. Moderate bitterness to finish, some scorched earth and burnt wood, well roasted malts, dark sugars. Great stuff.
harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - MAY 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2008 Cask gravity at Reading BF 2007. Very dark brown, thin lasting beige head. Sourish porter, bitter dark choc. There is an oddity to it that gives it character. 3.2/5.0
Re-rate Cask gravity at Kent BF 2008. Black with thin tan head. Chocolatey lovely aroma. Quite full. Some almost rum malt. Very full in mouth, very intense choc. Good finish. Odd, bit of polyfila on the aroma. Really intense though MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 4, 2008
A Mes rate: Gravicask at the Trafalgar.maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2009
Dark cloudy mahogany with a very good beige head and good condition. Rich cereal and malt aroma with loads of chocolate. Good tarry chocolate malt flavour with a nice light bitterness giveing it really good balance. Very good porter.
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2013 Cask conditioned handpump Merchants Inn Rugby A black beer with a whitish head and nice lacing. The aroma has some sweet milkiness together with light roast and bitter hops. The taste has more light roasts and decent fruits, but its’ the unexpected hoppiness which sets it apart. A good beer. Score 3.8DonMagi (5593) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 10, 2008
Subsequent rating scored 3.6. Average becomes 3.7
Cask at the market porter. Aroma is small roasty character, but lots of chocolate and darker fruits. Taste is seriously chocolaty, with the dark fruit adding some tartness, making iv very drinkable. berkshirejohn (6501) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2009
Cask at the Nags Head, Reading. Tar in colour with a thin beige head; typical chocolate malt aroma, but also hints of digestive biscuit; flavoursome with sweet and nutty malts; the finish is dry and warming with some light coffee flavour. Excellent.