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, sultana’s, 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 (3484) - 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 (289) - 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 (207) - 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 I’d expect for the style, but still very pleasant, with more smokiness and rich dark fruit. There’s some alcohol warmth towards the end. Not at all bad.
Muggus69 (1395) - 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 i’ve 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. Don’t get many big porters made here in Australia, a welcome suprise this one.
eczematic (1321) - Adelaide, 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.
johninmelb (1127) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich and smoky burnt malt nose. Pours very dark with a tan head. The flavour continues with the rich smokiness, adding notes of licorice, coffee beans, and peat. Finish contains a lingering alcohol warmth and some coffee grounds. Not too shabby.
Dredd (711) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
mmm chocolate, mmm beer, mmm chocolate. This is a strange one, it is a perfect winter beer with heaps of chocolate, burnt malt, coffee flavours. Just enough bitterness to offset the sweetness. I think there is perhaps an ounce or so too much chocolate grain though since there is some tannic dryness in the aftertaste which spoils the party a bit. That said though, if i were to drink and enjoy this rather than analyse, i’d probably not notice. It carries the 7% quite well too.
voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a head with such poor retention that its gone before you can comment on the colour. Sweet chocolate aroma, quite simple but nice. The palate is again simple but nice. Not as much body as I would of expected considering the ABV. The finish is clean with few hops anywhere to note. A nice clean porter.
chriso (7475) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 1, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at the London Gathering, November 2005. No complaints about this one. Deep reddish colour. Plenty of dry chocolate and roast malt. Warming alcohol is apparent but well integrated. Although not very hoppy, it finishes quite dry and slightly bitter. Goes down nicely.