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Garage Project Aro Noir

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Brewed by Garage Project
Style: Stout
Wellington, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
For those of you who don’t know Aro there is a light side and a dark side to the valley. For those of us on the dark side of the street it’s been a long dark winter. But salvation is nigh. The coming of Spring has brought the first teasing hints that the sun might come again to the Garage.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (261) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2014
Very, very dark with only faint ruby highlights and small beige head that doesn’t last long. Dark chocolate in the aroma, with earthy hops, some molasses, caramel, a little roasted meat. Taste is between a porter and black IPA and exactly as the smell suggests, with a long dry and ashy finish. Medium bodied and somewhat prickly on the tongue. Good hop-forward porter.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnar (5659) - Sandnes, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle from Vinmonopolet, Kvadrat.Pours pitch black with a big creamy tanned head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is smooth, light creamy mouthfeel, roasted coffee, some cocoa, resiny bitter finish, nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2539) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2014
A strongish stout from the Land of the Long Goodbye after which I will presumably require a Bug Sleep. I’ll stop now. Small growler. Dark brown with a lovely beige head that lasts well. Aroma of sticky bread crusts, milk chocolate, pine, slight but vibrant tropical fruit notes. Was going to say surprisingly vibrant, but they’re all over the taste, pushing mocha and bread into the background. Sweet with quite a lot of piney bitterness at the end. Maybe a bit too much, really. Some Sichaun pepper too. Tasty but not entirely harmonious.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClubGonzo (4226) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle. Pours an lovely-looking oily black body with a thick, medium creamy off-white head. Nose is grass, pine, chocolate, mild licorice and hints of coffee and bready malts. Taste is bitter herbs, dark chocolate, cocoa, pine and hints of grass, Medium body and carbonation. Not bad, but very bitter and a bit unbalanced; a bit more sweetness would have suited it better.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Muggus69 (1270) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2014
500mL bottle. Near black beer, pours a dense beige head. Good nose packed full of tropical fruity & spicy hop, with roasted notes of espresso & dark chocolate in the mix. Full bodied, quite rich, smooth carbonation. Plenty to enjoy on the palate - chocolate malts, solid hop presence, good bitterness on a long finish. Solid beer, surely it’s a Black IPA!? Oh well, still good.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ComradeK (1052) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - SEP 7, 2014
650ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a moderate beige head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Milk chocolate, hints of coffee, savoury nutty notes and faint floral hops make up the aroma. Mild spice hops up front give way to black coffee and cocoa in the mid-palate. Nutty notes give the finish a pleasantly savoury feel. This is not the most groundbreaking stout around, but it is pretty enjoyable nevertheless, and quite good on a rainy night.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Andrus86 (59) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2014
BOTTLE. shared with RW. Black as with small brown head & the aroma of Worcestershire sauce. Taste was faint coffee & just burnt/roasted malts, with a quick & easy finish. Bottle sourced Cellarbrations Capel

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vanvenlo (1305) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2014
East of Everything ontap (17-Jul-2014) Sweet malt herbal aroma.Medium sweet malt herbal flavour.Rounded herbal finish&veg aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMStringer (19) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle from regional. Nice art. Not much to report. More subtle than other GP beers I have sampled. A pretty user friendly stout; rich with very low key hints of choc and coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (734) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 25, 2014
From a bottle. Pours black with a rich coffee chocolate aroma, super smooth, bitter dark chocolate hints, give it a try.


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