Catadobe (112) - - AUG 22, 2003
2.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I found the colour on this to be a wonderful misdirection on what the beer is truly like. I loved the coffee look to this beer though the head was quite bubbley. I found the flavour and palate to have the typical large brewers tang. I didn't catch much of an aroma at all but what was there was of a burnt malt.
Muggus69 (1204) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
OLD NOTES OCT 9, 2003
Quite a different drop this one. It was ’limited stock’ in a liquor store I visited, so I decided to give it a try. Quite odd smelling and dark in colour, the flavour wasn’t what I expected. Not really a hint of honey, more of a thick malty almost carmel, but not too sweet. Different, and i’m still not too sure about it.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle- i’m just updating my records. A very nice beer. Good malt character.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Bottle - A darkish redish beer, almost black. Sweet. Roasted malts with some smokiness. The honey is evident but not overbearing.
bozoNZ (719) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
375ml bottle. Clear reddish brown with a reasonable strongly held together head. Little to no aroma present. Sweetish malty up front. Alcohol warmth comes thru as the brew warms up. Is a bit limp and diluted thru the middle/ending. Some roast malt flavours, no overpowering honey nor any real bitterness. Just plain sweet toffee malts really - not that exciting.
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!
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle -- Reddy brown (doesn’t look like a porter at all) with fairly active carbonation. Large off-white dense head (you could almost eat it with a knife and fork!) with tremendous retention and loads of lacing. Not a lot of aroma, although some fruit pehaps and malt. Smoooooth mouthfeel. The flavor is malty with a certain tang to it (the honey, I guess) up front, with a bit of a metallic edge later. This beer could be fabulous with a little more earthiness and oomph to it. As it is, it’s a little bland and doesn’t quite hit the spot. Although hats off to Boags for being a little different.
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.
Nicko (191) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark purple brown with a small creamy head. Slight skunky aroma. Not a porter for mine, as others have mentioned, too thin, too light. Treacle honey presence. But good to see mainstream brewers trying something different, instead of repackaging standard lagers with trendier labeling (empire, st george, etc)
madquacker (1043) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2006
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Quite a nice drop. Is easy on the honey and therefore about the only honey beer I’ve found half decent. Wldn’t bother again though.
wraith (19) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 18, 2006
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This looks more like a brown ale than a porter, the body is too thin, and the colour is too light, average in every aspect, but not terrible, if this was all I had to drink, Id drink it, Id just complain alot.