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Island Bay Brewing Company
Brewed at Harringtons Breweries (Christchurch)

Style: Porter
Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 2.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.57   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 27, 2010
330 ml bottle Aroma: yeasty, chocolate and a pungent earthiness; Appearance: dark brown and clear, good thick head and substantial lacing; Taste: slightly sweet, slightly bitter, no detectable sourness but it is fairly robust without being really rounded so there is something missing, possibly salt; Palate: medium bodied, thinnish, a tad bit sticky, slightly carbonated and a faintly astringent finish; Overall: Lot of coffee but just too thin for a porter.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2009
Pours almost black, with ruby edges. Brown filmy head. Aroma is quite nice, burnt malt with some ester fruitiness. Can’t really get any hops which is disappointing. Watery texture, quite clean initially then some roasted malt shows up late. Somehow gets stronger, with a surprising astringent coffee finish. I actually said ‘wow’ when the finish hit, as the flavour is somewhat weak. The coffee finish saved this beer from being very mediocre.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 11, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, brown with an orange hue and a beige head. Sweetish, hard roasted malt aroma. Medium body with sweetish, hard roasted malts, some bitter dark chocolate and an almost smoky touch. Very subdued bitterness. There’s no reason for the low ratings - this is a very decent, light porter. 010208

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2008
Dense creamy offwhite head, dark brown caramel, "smoky" aftertaste,

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2007
Black with ruby hues. Coffee head and a toasty aroma but hints at brown paper bags! Dark roasty malt flavours, short but uneventful.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (18966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2006
Bottled. Black with firm, beige head. Lemony licorice aroma. Fairly dry with rounded mouthfeel. Notes of licorice and syrup. Low-medium bitterness. Licorice dominates the finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2005
Tasted 25/05/2005. 330ml bottle at Neil Miller’s Cellar-Vate tasting. Dark brown, almost black, with an airy, disappearing, tan head. Chocolate, coffee and sugar on the nose. Sweet, sugary, malt flavour up front with a roasty bitter finish. A bit of a carbonation tang and too light in weight. Didn’t stack up at all well against the Speights Porter, which followed.

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 29, 2004
Black in colour with coffee coloured head, malty aroma. Mild bitter coffee taste but very thin.


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