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Galbraith Grafton Porter

Brewed by Galbraith Brewing Company
Style: Porter
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 18   MEAN: 3.49/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
This pitch-black ale takes its name from our building, which once housed the Grafton library and Grafton Street, one of Dublin’s main thoroughfares. Porter was the name given to a beer originally called “entire butt” which was very popular with the market porters in London in the late 1700’s. However it was the Irish that really took a shine to the style, which eventually became known as stout. In some parts of Ireland stout is still called Porter. A very full flavoured dark ale with big roasty flavours and aromas and a bittersweet finish. A complex grain bill (blend of malts) is used as well as several additions of two different hops during the boil.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (4058) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Cask at Galbraith. Clear (I can legit see thru it dogg!) brown with a lasting light khaki head. Smoky and roasty aroma. The flavor is intense, with heavy smoke and bitterness. Not as good as the aroma suggests, actually a bit too much. Pretty full body with light carbonation. Flavorful, but a bit smoky for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2015
From handpull at source, a big, black pint with a cream coloured head that disappeared in short order. A nose of licorice, anise, molasses and some faintly herbal aromas that come through well in the flavour. It had a full, rich, silky mouthfeel and was just the ticket for time and place. A pleasure to be back at Galbraith’s and a bit of a favourite beer of mine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stew41 (1902) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUL 13, 2013
Near identical structure to the ESB. Coffee and dry roast is done really well but intensity is not over the top. Again super authentic in style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4835) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2012
very dark brown color. Very sweet hazelnut coffee nose. Like liqueur was dumped into coffee. Fairly sweet, a bit cloying. Very malty. Not really my cup of tea fr the style but not bad .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 1, 2010
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Very dark brown with deep Kenyan copper hue when the light can get through it, no head on mine. Nice coffee, liquorice, aniseed, just burnt wholegrain nutty toast (ie Vogels toast), mild dark fruit - prune. Mild sweetness, strong coffee bitterness. Low carbonation, medium body - lighter than other porters I have had. Finishes very coffee-ish. This was very nice, but not outstanding like I thought Renaissance Elemental Porter was, still I would gladly have it again.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2055) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Tap. Remarkable beer. Roasted aromas of chocolate, and coffee. Flavour is long-lasting, with sweet and bitter notes. Silky in the palate, with a medium body. Colour is dark brown, with a creamy white head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown!, AUSTRALIA - APR 9, 2009
Draught at Galbraith’s Alehouse, Auckland. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Roasted malt, licorice and coffee. Medium bodied with good bitterness and finishes dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 14, 2008
(Cask) Clear, dark brown with a warm tint of red and a small, beige head. Fantastic and vinous - almost port-like - nose. Medium in body, low in carbonation. Dry, hard roasted malt accents - but not really burned. Again some lovely vinous accents and some dried fruit. Distinct malt astringency. 070208

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2008 Pint pulled at the brew pub, a dark brown with a thick foamy light beige head. A good roasted caramal malt aroma. The palate is smooth at first and then builds good bitterness. The roasted malt flavour comes with hints of licorice and clove.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiscoForever (71) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2007
Big roasty aroma with licorice too. Tastes fantastic. Big fruits with roasty dark choc, restrained burnt malt bitterness that peaks quick. Super-drinkable creamy medium body. Tastes like eating toasted Vogel’s bread. The malt rules! Big roasty lingering malt that’s not too bittersweet. I’d have just the one with some food.

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