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


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RATINGS: 120   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Porter, probably the oldest style of English beer, is a dark and dry mellow beer with some hop character.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
NosirIwont (2266) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Bottle. Thanks to Enjoyit. Pours dark brown with a big frothy head. Aroma is roasted with notes of corn (in a non-cheap way) and cigarettes (in a good way). Some fresh vegetable/fruit notes which becomes distinct apple as it warms. Flavour is sweet and roasted. Bitter finish with lingering apple and faint smoked notes. 03-07-08.

Old rating, Nov. 2004, same numbers:
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour. Thick, creamy(-looking) brownish head which stays. – Very nice, although I like my porters darker. Sweetish, slightly acidic aroma. Roasted with notes of licorice and chocolate. Sweetish, roasted flavour. Light to medium bitterness. Slightly metallic. A bit thin palate. Needs more ‘bite’ in the flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
"Roasty Malty Bitter Dark Ale", reads the label of this 500 ml bottle, sufficiently warmed for this sampling. I’ve never seen labeling so simple, informative, and accurate. Fully brown color, with a small, but sure, bubbly tan head, that stays for awhile. Aroma: just as the bottle told you, "roasty" is the word, intensely bitter at first sniff, the perfect copy of the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. Nice stuff! The kind of smell I love to sniff! Taste: still bitter on the tongue, but not too much so, nor is it too smooth, a very consistent, and appreciated bitter-/hoppiness. Fills the mouth quite well, and warmly! My idea of a session brew, (I’m funny that way) and reminds me a lot of hometown favorite, Summit Great Northern Porter, with the bitterness. Not quite as roasty as a champ like Samuel Smith’s, though. Other fine flavors emerge as we sip, chocolate, a touch of fruit. Nice, persistent finish. My first New Zealand beer, and, if we’re lucky, not my last?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LoveCaissa (873) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2004
Roasty "English" porter with notes of coffee and chocolate. Nice dry bitter finish but not as smooth as some British samples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - AUG 29, 2004
Black with long alsting head. Sweet liqourice, roasted and quite bitter. Long finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
JensenTaster (1719) - DENMARK - AUG 24, 2004
(on botle)A very strange and destinct aroma of crane- and/or blueberries starts this brew off. It´s medium darkish brown and with a small beige head. Never had a porter with such a weak roasted sense, but it´s creamy and nice though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JUN 4, 2004
Brown color with a slight off white head. The taste is roasted malts with light coffee notes. Has some bitterness on the palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUN 3, 2004
Dark reddish brown coloured. Roasty aroma with notes of raisins and prunes. The flavour is mature with old notes of raisnins and prunes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KBeer (117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2004
A nice dark brown porter with a tan head. It has some stoutish tastes and is strong with coffee and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 1, 2004
Apparently this beer is the base for the Whisky Porter, which is odd considering it's 1.6% lower in alcohol. I have never considered this Emerson's finest beer, but it's still decent. Quite overcarbonated - pours with a massive head which looks great but is too fizzy. Burnt toast aroma, some chocolate malt - pretty straightforward. A bit thin in the body department, not much malt and quite bitter. Slightly roasty. It's decent, but hundreds of breweries make decent porters.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Dark brown,nearly stoutish in color, pours with a decent sized tan head and settles in to a bead of pearl that rims the glass. Aroma is dominated with carmel, with a slight sourness, all right for the sytle. Fuggles and some burnt flavors come through upon tasting it. Slightly bitter. A very good Porter. Thanks Beer_Ledgend.

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