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Darling Brew
Brewed at Boston Breweries (South Africa)

Style: Porter
Western Cape, South Africa

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 2.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Inspired by the Verreaux´s eagle. Naturally majestic. A blacker then black ale with an inviting creamy head. Naturally brewed. Preservative free


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3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WhoU (120) - Cape Town, - JAN 22, 2013
Bottle 550 ml. Missing something in the middle aftor the initial savoury taste. Sting in the end. redbrown colours as previously mentioned. Not bad but not good. The search continues :)


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jmgreenuk (4990) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Kermis. Poured a hazy medium brown with a frothy off white head. The aroma is light malt, caramel. The flavour is moderate bitter with a creamy malt, red berry fruit palate. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (5752) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours hazy brown with a tan head. Aroma of malt, caramel, raisin, brown sugar and light fudge. Flavour is moderate sweet and bitter. Medium bodied with light carbonation.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5739) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis. Thin creamy tan head. Clear deep amber pour. Doesn’t taste much like a porter.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (2882) - Weelde, BELGIUM - AUG 10, 2014
on holiday in cape town 550 ml bottle of dark brown colored body with a creamy off white head and with a fruity sweet malt chocolat aroma a fruity sweet little chocolate malt bitter taste with a bitter finish

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DesertDevil (555) - Arizona, USA - JUN 11, 2014
550-ml bottle. The nose resembles that of a barley wine/brown ale with heavy date sugar, old toffee, semi-oxidized caramel malt, a hint of nutmeg and a slight nuttiness to finish. Pours nothing like the "blacker than black" description in the label; it looks like a standard brown ale with a clear caramel brown pour and no head. The taste is quite sweet with hazelnuts, mild brown sugar, roasted dates, and a hint of stale peanut butter. Middle of the road palate, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. It’s much closer in style to a brown ale than a porter. It wasn’t terribly good, but I don’t consider as horrible as some of these recent ratings.

2.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beezzting (21) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 11, 2014
Bottle from liquor city. No excitement here. Slight liquorish, nut and oak flavours....

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
capetownbrew (19) - SOUTH AFRICA - APR 12, 2014
550ml bottle, 5% ABV. Pours dark with an off white head that fades. Medicinal flavours that make it a tough drink.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
DKL (46) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2014
500ml bottle. Red-brown colour with a thin head that did not last. Surprisingly watery, without any of the rich body or toastiness expected for a black beer. Disappointing.

1.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
egg (100) - USA - NOV 11, 2013
Bottle on 11/10/13 from Loco Liquor. Pours a dark brown, not quite black. Small quickly dissipating head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is lacking, almost that of a pale lager, metallic. Taste is pleasant at first then gets a bit sour, metallic. Not much in the way of roasted flavors you might expect from a black ale. Might not be able to tell this from a Black Label outside of the sourness. Seems a lot of the darker beers I’ve had from South Africa are plagued by this sourness. Body is very thin. As I continue drinking the metallic taste becomes more prominent. All in all not very good.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
aleksander9 (533) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2014 Black appearance with brown head. Aroma is light hops, roasted and some citrus. Aftertaste is floral with some sourness. Overall: boring. Very bland. No personality.


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