Redox (3) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2005 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I expected this to be sweet, having tried another Australian honey beer and thought I was drinking cordial. But I was extreamly happy with the deep and not sweet honey flavor. A strong flavoured porter.
dreamboat (186) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very clear, red/brown hue, remeniscent of a jar of honey. Brown tinged head atop a finely carbonated brew. Aroma of honey/malt/slightly hoppy, and a hint of fruit, perhaps apple. Smooth and mellow in the mouth, with a hint of honey in a warming malty brew. Makes for very easy drinking. Was only available from a limited production, and it looked like I had missed out, but fortunately a four pack was found out the back of a bottle shop just a couple of hours before I went in.....you have to get lucky sometimes.
IJT (40) - Carterton, ENGLAND - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I will admit I haven’t had any of Boag’s other beers, thus I can’t really make comparisons between brews, however I found this to be a very nice beer.
The beer claims to be true to style (with their own variations) yet what should a porter taste like? I don’t know, but this tastes good enough to me.
It uses a new hops variety, Van Diemen, as well as leatherwood honey, neither of which I’m familiar with. The beer is very dark amber in colour, and is very nicely in flavour. The honey is most noticeable, yet not overpowering.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich malty and hoppy aroma. Deep red clour with a snall but long-lasting head. Well-roasted flavour but it is not burnt. Perhaps the honey is doing its work here tempering the flavour which is only moderately sweet. Finish is a bit of a disappointment. Short moderate hoppiness but not nearly as intense as the initial flavour. I may be wrong, it may or may not be true to style, but I quite liked it for not going down the overburnt malt path that others so often travel.
Jahills (151) - Cambridge (Hobart), AUSTRALIA - OCT 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2003 I wouldnt quite class as a porter but it is quite a smooth malty brew that slides down very nicely. hint of honey sweetness and body that comes from the charred maltiness.
bfgill (120) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2003 Floral aroma, nice head. Lacks in body somewhat, pleasant honey taste + some burnt malt. Not a bad brew but some more body would be appreciated. cheers
brownporter (10) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2007
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in Tasmania. Deep red colour. Not overly powering of honey to the nose. Great balance between honey sweetness and bitter roasted flavours - though these two flavours dominate the beer. Medium body. Very well balanced beer - a pity it was a limited release and I got one of the last bottles!
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not too bad, strong honey flavour and slightly creamy which make it pretty tasty. Its a bit too sweet though and the colour is a bit strange.
jeremy (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 24, 2005 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The first porter style beer I’ve tried. Far from being the best beer I’ve tasted but interesting none the less. My first impression was negative but it grew on me. The flavour is quite intriguing - with the sweetness of the honey but a spicy aftertaste.
ALLOVATE (2221) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Credit where credits due, this wasn’t too bad a drop and as far as James Boag’s pathetic attempts to grab the attention of the weary Aussie beer drinker with poor advertising campaigns, this one failed to even rate a mention. Why?, it is easily the most drinkable of the Boag’s beers and for the ’Strongarm’ to rate higher is a disgrace and an embarrassment to us beer loving Aussies. Now I’ve had my whinge, on with the beer. Tasted from the bottle and poured into a stumpy tulip glass. Clear, deep russet-brown with a short, tight and lasting off-white head that left rings down the glass. Presentation was actually wonderful and yes, London’s original Entire Butt Porters were russet brown in colour, clear to hazy in clarity, and crowned by a short off-white to tan head, for those concerned!. Woody ’tree-bark’ aroma with a light burnt sugar and earthy hop note that seemed tinged only by a metallic edge that seems common amongst Boag’s beers. Quite unexpectedly smooth, dry and woody in the mouth, a little too thin in body but soft in carbonation as to heighten its overall mouth-feel. Honey flavour is there, but blends nicely with the dry, dark and earthy malts, and grassy, slightly out of place, hop flavours before finishing off long, dry and reasonably malty. Quite a surprise, personally, as I rate Boag’s beers as some of the lowest of the Macro’s, and many new beers that come onto the market are generally only there for the gimmick value, but this seemed quite distant. Not bad and I hope Boag’s continue to brew this and maybe eliminate some of the others. Quaffable!!!