Brewed by Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant
Style: Porter
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
The Porter Noir is a beer from way out of left field. A 6.6% Porter was aged for four months in Pinot Noir Wine Barrels acquired from local winery Kumeu River. The barrels were only gently hot water rinsed before use to retain the wine charter and also the native yeasts in the wood. The four month maturation in the barrel develops the palette with gentile woody tannins and fruits of the forest from the previous resident. Combined with the remnants of chocolate and soft acidity from the native yeasts creates amazing mouth feel with a long drying finish. The secondary fermentation in the bottle was carried out with the native yeasts from the barrel, namely brettanomyces. This is the same yeast used to bottle condition the famous Belgian Trappist beer Orval. The brettanomyces character dominates the aroma. Layers of complexity, red currents, earthy gumboots, a stroll through the barnyard?? All very interesting stuff. The beer has been conditioned in 750 ml Champaign bottles for 6 months prior to release and with correct cellaring will continue to improve for up to 3 years. The Porter Noir is a strictly limited release and is only available from Hallertau Brewbar & Restaurant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 27, 2016
[8338-20160521] Bottle. Fragrant yeasty fruit grains aroma. Murky, dark brown body with a huge foamy tan head that foamed out of the bottle. Nutty roasted fruit grains flavour. Medium-full body has a bit of funk. Average. (6/3/7/3/13) 3.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9849) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
2016-05-21. Very hazy brown black body, massive foamy tan head fades. Aroma is slightly musty, funky and vinous, red wine fruit. 7+ Flavour is similar, sort of dry dusty malt core, lightly tangy vinous quality, lightly musty. Touch of yeast, some Brett perhaps? Average to light bodied palate, effervescent carbonation. Super interesting, the dark malt and the tangy vinous character interweave in pleasant waves but the overall impression suggests either a geniusly executed balancing act or perhaps more likely an infection that happens to work rather nicely. Curious how much is intentional and how much is random. Regardless, very interesting albeit a touch hard to drink at times. 7-8/3-4/7-8/3/16-17 Bottle from Hallertau, Auckland, NZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - NOV 5, 2015
Bottle from a shop in Christchurch bought last year, tasted 11/5/2015. Black pour with large fizzy tan head that sticks around for a while. Aroma is dark fruits, grapes, whiff of red wine character, backed by soft chocolate and mellow roast, rustic yeast and brett present near the end. Taste is lightly acidic and tart, jammy fruitiness, balanced with mild chocolate and coffee bitterness, very dry finish. Light body. Very interesting, well-crafted beer, glad to have tried.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cam_Dynamite (118) - AUSTRALIA - APR 16, 2015
Interesting beer. Comes out with all the fizzy characteristics of cola. Very funk/Brett driven. Some porter bitterness and some plum/cherry notes. Otherwise very ’belgiumy’. Not bad

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1407) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 16, 2015
Partner bought this for me in Auckland. 750ML bottle Black with touches of ruby, nearly a gusher. Lots of light tan head with this. Nose is tannins, acid, soft funk, oak, cherry, and red wine. Not a lot of porter character, Brett has really taken over this. Taste is chocolate, cherry, oak, red wine and red wine tannins. Really sticks to gums well. Very thin though. Decent carbonation but more wine like at this stage with some Brett character. Solid and fun. Underrated for what they can do with barrels and Brett. More body and this wins in a big way

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2014
Bottle courtesy of the ever so generous Jimthechap. This was a surprise, as I did not expect that Belgian beer bubbliness, that sour feel. This deep black beer has a lovely compo of red fruits and flowery tones on the aroma and flavour, with chocolates being somewhere submersed into a basket of fruits and hay going sour. It is indeed sour, but never unpleasant, with a spumante mouthfeel. Excellent that the alcohol level is not too high.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7495) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2013
750ml bottle pours a watery black with some very active, brown head. Nose has some grape jelly, malt, a little vinegar, berry. Flavor is sweet, malty, grape jelly, a little berry. Ends with caramel and coffee. Dry finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4303) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 30, 2013
contrasting sepia body with paper white small bubbled head, islands and ring. Sugary plum nose, woody barrel notes, plenty of sugar. Balanced flavor is sugar, chocolate and light oats. Light barrel, hints of red fruit but almost no barrel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 30, 2013
75cl bottle, thanks Travlr. Large brown head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, vinous, light grape. Taste is moderately sweet, vinous, light grape, roast. Light-medium body, light effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle shared by Travlr, thanks! Poured a dark black color with a tan head. Aroma is notes of dried fruits, some funk, sweet tart fruits. Flavor is sweet fruits, funk, dried notes. Okay. Not a lot of barrel in here, but pretty mellow, so maybe it pulled it off.

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