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Emerson’s Brewers Reserve Grace Jones Porter

Emerson’s Brewers Reserve Grace Jones Porter
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Brewed by Emerson’s Brewing Company (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Porter
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.77/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
Grace Jones Porter is black, full bodied and pushes its way out of the glass with its huge chocolate and coffee overtones. Two classic Porters inspired our ‘Grace’. Fuller’s London Porter has a beautiful chocolate and coffee aroma, and a rich, dark, malt depth. Fritz Maytag’s Anchor Porter out of the US also has an incredible deep ebony, dark roasted malt character and a smoothness that is hard to beat. To achieve Grace’s malt depth we brewed with high proportions of chocolate and crystal malt. Whilst not typical of the porter style, but certainly in her ladyship’s, we used a ‘dash’ of roasted barley to give a wee ‘bite’. Otago oats were used to deliver a rich, almost oily texture and a thick creamy head. New Zealand ale malt makes up the base malt yielding a nice warming 6% porter for any winter’s day and keeps our Excise tax collector smiling ! Out of interest did you know that at 6% abv, about a dollar of your pint of Grace is paid to this happy individual?! But then life is too short for mediocrity, and at 62 this year the real Grace sure put another meaning into the term living life ‘Gracefully’.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5053) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 24, 2013
Keg in Pomeroys, Christchurch
Sweet caramel malt with lemon citrus honey notes on the nose. Medium body, tangerine hops. Dark toffee brown. Citrus pith in finish. Little malt in flavour, more of a BIPA. Touch of astringency in finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beereakfast (5) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2012 does not count
Nice robust porter. Pitch black. Smooth on the palate with a nice subtle hint of acridity from the roast barley. Full bodied and delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 18, 2010
Pint at Pomeroys. Jet black, well structured in the looks dept (does Grace proud!). Cold so not much on the nose but a well built mouthfeel. Lovely chocolate and coffee feel and the oats add body. really nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 29, 2010
Draft at Galbraiths (Auckland). Looks deliciously black with a generous frothy head. The nose was quite subdued. But you couldn’t say the same for the taste. The chocolate and coffee is there, but also a noticeable bacon smokiness. Not sure if this is intended, but it made me happy.

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