Jimthechap (1997) - Christchurch, - OCT 31, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I was a little bit torn standing there in the supermarket. Actually, I wasnít torn at all, get your mind out of the gutter. What I mean was that as the season is well and truly changing from the depths of Ragnarok into something altogether better suited to afternoons of cricket and young ladies not wearing very much, I felt an urge to drink something golden or even fizzy and yellow. So of course I have just reviewed Hallertau Porter Noir and now this. Body is crying out, but mind just wonít obey. Besides, I had sampled all the yellow stuff on offer in this supermarket (and I mean beer. Keep that mind out of the gutter, I wonít tell you again).
So this one has a tough act to follow and I have very little hope of it living up to a barrel aged monster. It looks very deep brown with a thin skim of mocha head that had to be agitated into life. The aroma is of powdery chocolate pudding, self saucing pudding, cocoa and grated chocolate. Thereís almost a notion of rum and raising icecream as well. The flavour is sweet and cocoa-y and thatís the enduring hallmark. Plenty of carbonation and quite pleasant in the mouth. Not the most complicated beer but lets refer back to the gateway drug mentality: if this beer is served to someone who thinks that beer is the stuff that comes out of mainstream beer taps and cans only and it gets them to realise that beer is about choice, flavour and enjoyment then power to it. For me this beer would be a good dessert match in the absence of a muscular chocolate oatmeal stout such as the one brewed by Renaissance. I think this beer has merits and the naysayers who may unthinkingly malign this beer because it is made by a larger producer (by NZ standards) do so at the risk of damaging their own reputation.
waiake (368) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 6, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle poured dark brown with a very brief head & a chocolate sweet aroma the taste is similar chocolate bit fruity more sweet than anything else
wellywilly (6) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2014 does not count
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Itís certainly chocolatey and Iíll also give them silky. The one thing itís missing is beery. Itís lacks punch and lacks complexity. Depending on your tastes the flavour may be sumptuous or too sweet. Personally I sit somewhere in the middle
Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
No, I didnít like it. No good chocolate on the nose, neither on the flavour. Not a good porter. More like an Ovaltine beer, or one of those abominable Baltic Porters (I mean, the bad ones).
h4yst3r (2) - NEW ZEALAND - AUG 23, 2014 does not count
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice chocolate aroma. Medium bodied with a silky smooth chocolate taste. The chocolate taste is quite strong but overall I think this is a pretty good beer.
headhigh (1) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 19, 2014 does not count
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Couldnít finish the bottle. Nasty sweet beer. Go grab a hot chocolate and add a nip of whisky if you feel the need to have chocolate & alcohol mixed. God knows what the food match for this beer is...
JacFen01 (1) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 7, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is a beautiful flavoured chocolate beer. One of the most palatable beers. Highly recommend and hope others enjoy it as much as me.
FrankSlack (1) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 28, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Perhaps I am feeling generous but definitely worth a try if you like dark beers and donít mind some sweetness.
Tauntalini (1) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 26, 2014 does not count
1.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Probably the worst beer Iíve ever had. Like drinking beer flavoured hot chocolate. Too sweet to be taken seriously.
mixbrewery (2) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 3, 2014 does not count
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Absolutely the best chocolate porter I have ever tasted.
Luscious silkyness on the palate with almost overpowering chocolately things happening on the nose and in the mouth. While this may not truely fit as an English porter style it certainly ticked all the other boxes as a very enjoyable ale.
omega (783) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 18, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This is a simple beast, and only scored so highly for me because I do love chocolate. Very sweet in all aspects but quite thin on the palate. This is a beer that when you rate it ticks a lot of boxes but when you look at the overall it just not warrant a good score. I could not see me drinking more than one of these in a night as the sweetness is quite overpowering.