BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head that lasts a little while. Aroma has big roasted malt with lesser notes of coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. Flavour also starts out with strong roast malt followed by hints of caramel, chocolate and coffee. The malt really dominates this beer at first, revealing more as it warms. Medium body, although itís light for a porter, with bitterness giving way to a long sweet, dusty finish. Not bad at all.
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle brought back from Western Australia by my buddy. Hell yeah mother fucker! Nose is full of roasted malts and some coffee. Pours dark brown, some red hues underneath. Thing beige ring. Roast and coffee, underlying dark malty sweetness, light chocolate. Solid roast and dryness in the finish. Lightly warming. Good.
after4ever (5740) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. thanks, riverside! pours a fairly dark ebony with bright ruby and caramel highlights. nice chocolate and roast nose. creamy medium body, soft carb. chocolate and toasty malt on the mid palate. long sweetish finish.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - FEB 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Very dark with a red tinge. beige head. Medium carbonation, slightly effervescent on the tongue. Roasted malts with a bit of dark fruit and a touch of smoke. Slightly dry finish but only a light bitterness. Quite pleasant.
MBison (548) - Southern Highlands, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle (330ml). Poured dark ruby brown with a decent sized, rocky, tanned head which was average lasting. Aroma was of rich toffee with toasted malts, dusty chocolate, buttery caramel, currents and raisins. Flavour was of black coffee with a moderate bitterness, roasted chocolate malts, sultanaís, dried figs, some salt and liquorice in the finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation, a dry/slightly creamy mouthfeel, thick texture (but not overly so) and a good finish.
gam (2919) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Large frothy head fawn in colour,on a very dark porter,good carbonation.Aroma cooked odours of hop and malts smells like coffee and liccorice.Flavour big bitter caramel taste straight off,coffee and liccorice,sweet a typical porter,well done Bootleg,nice strong tastes,enjoyed the porter.Finish bitter sweet.
sinkas (265) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUL 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle at WABA Beer dinner, Applecross, WA
Thsi example had a rich biscuity and chocolatly edge to the aroma and flavour. Overall flavour a little muddy.
ChrisTurner (206) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle -- Dark, dark ruby red with quite active carbonation. Generous beige head with OK retention and lacing. Aroma has roasted malt and rich dark fruit with some subtle smokey notes. Creamy medium palate, although with some wateriness as you get closer to the bottom of the glass. The flavour is perhaps fairly flat for a porter, without as much complexity as Iíd expect for the style, but still very pleasant, with more smokiness and rich dark fruit. Thereís some alcohol warmth towards the end. Not at all bad.
Muggus69 (933) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle at Australian Hotel, Sydney. I may as well make this my 50th rate mainly because it was probably one of the better beers iíve tried at the Australian. Rich nose full of roasted and burnt malts and dark chocolate. Pours a near-opaque black body with a bit of diminishing tan lace. Body is dense, with plenty of rich dark chocolate and toasted malts, with hints of coffee and dark fruits. Finishes quite dry and slightly chalky, alcohol is quite well hidden. Donít get many big porters made here in Australia, a welcome suprise this one.
eczematic (1306) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Viscous dark red stuff with an offwhite head. smells of crystal malt and toast and not much else. in the mouth an extremely hefty, simplistic and sweet chocolatey flavour with no bitterness or yeast acidity to balance. heavy going and quite a boring beer for the ABV. but nothing actively wrong with it technically speaking and i have no doubt they made it exactly how they wanted it to taste - big and fat and dark brown and kind of stupid. the beer equivalent of a black labrador.