phaleslu (6951) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Minibar in Queenstown. Pours near black with a small tan head. Subdued aroma of roasted malt, coffee, hops, and earthy notes. Flavor was stronger, with roasted malt, coffee, hops, and a slight soapiness. Medium bodied. Smooth, sticky, with a bitter, roasty finish. This one has the potential to be better.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma has a little smoke with plenty of raosted malt and some dark fruits. Nice flavours of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruits. Good hop bitterness on the finsih. Smooth finish with good mouthfeel.
davidm (1977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle 500ml. Nice and robust porter. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee. Mostly sweet flavour, long lasting. Black in colour, with a thin white head. Medium-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel.
snuffla (156) - Chch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 12, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another from my tasting. Didnít enjoy this one too much, aroma started off as black cherrys and chocolate cake then slowly morphed into a marmite and coffee cake. Thick and roasted in the mouth and a weird creaminess from the burps.
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - APR 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Flavour is roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and caramel. Good carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel and lingering bitterness in the finish.
Christian (11326) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very dark brown with a big and lasting off-white head. Roasted aroma with dates and chocolate. Sweetish dark chocolate flavour with a little citrus hops.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lovely, full-bodied and smooth.
Mild flavours of bourbon, chocolate, roast malt and prunes.
Hints of coffee with every mouthful. Nutty tones with sweet licorice.
Enjoyit (3509) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber of color with a beige cloudy head. An aroma of roasted malt, coffee, smokey hints and weak leather. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice and leather.
Borresteijn (5009) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
50cl Bottle, gift from a collegue who visited N-Z. Thanks Gijs! Black beer with a creamy tan to beige head. Odd salty aroma with strong notes of tar, burnt malts and seaweed. Not very pleasant, but it does give this beer an extra edge. Flavour is tar, burnt malts, slight sweetness, some salt/seaweed, some coffee powder. Roasted bitterness underneath from start to finish. Medium to fullbodied. Very nice porter.
Muggus69 (1315) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle, BB Mar 09
Served lightly chilled in chalice.
Looks the part with a well-formed tightly-packed pale tan head atop a deep dark ruby-highlighed body.
Roasty nose, plenty of chocolate upfront, bit of sweet grainy dough, nice rich caramelly undertones, only a touch of burnt malt and espresso, with some sutble leafy hop.
Creamy mouthfilling body, moderate carbontion, smooth texture, good balance overall, not overly drying or astrigent.
Body is a tiny bit of let down, in comparison to aroma; some dark chocolate and cocoa, bit of plum esters, burnt malt, wood, toffee, toasted bread, but the length is brief. Finishes quite bit, fair bit metallic and leafy, dry.
Very nice porter, let down a bit by its disappointing finish. Could well do with some more oompf body/alcoholwise.