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


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2069) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - MAY 21, 2007
Good porter that avoids the trap of being to acrid. it is well balanced with softer malt flavours to go with the roasty chocolate flavours you expect from a porter. Good hop presence and solid mouthfeel....another excellent representation of the style

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 24, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2005 Tasted 23/02/2005 with TheGrandmaster. Pint, hand pumped from the cask at Galbraiths, Mt Eden. This inky black beer has a red tint at the edge only when held up at the light. Creamy off-white to tan head. Very strong bouquet of of chocolate with hints of roasted coffee. Fully-bodied, almost chewy, mouthfeel delivers a chocolate/crystal malty flavour with just a nice mellow bitterness that leaves a little sweetness over on the palate.

   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.

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omhper (23513) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2006
Cask at the brewpub. Dark brown. Aroma of coffee and licorice. Dryish and very roasty with soft mouthfeel. It has a nice malt character, and this is combined with a wealth of hops. Even though the finish may be soewhat raw or indistinct this one goes down as an excellently crafted English style cask porter.

   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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 1, 2005
Cask. Pint shared with beer_ledgend at the brewery. Clear ruby-red/dark brown beer. Very big chocolately/chicory aroma, light toast and a bit of dark fruit as well. Flavour is nice and rich, with chocolate, toast, and subtle coffee flavours present. Long delicate touch of hop bitterness in the finish along with the requisite toastiness. Very nice porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 8, 2002
Nearly black with a healthy tan head. Bakers chocolate aroma. Pleasant milk chocolate flavour that is rather sweet. It could use more body though.

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