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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
greig (253) - Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2009
Yep, thatís a big score. Is Greig on the sauce, you ask? Well, not really, itís just that my mind is blown by this beer. The word "complex" is thrown round a lot in beer circles, but this beer wears that adjective like a crown. Itís like a pinot noir, a great porter, and the trappist beer Orval had a sordid love triangle, and somehow produced this wonderful thing. The world needs more beers like this. I shall cease my delirious ramblings now.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jamezpolley (1) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2013 does not count
Several bottles in Wellington. Rich, full-bodied porter, with added complexity from the barrelling process - and the Brett. adds a delicious horse-blanket kick. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2008
Tasted on a couple of occassions. Pours a dark cloudy brown, carbonation and a creamy ligth tan head. The aroma carries plenty of the barrel, both woody and the pinot itself. There is also a brilliant sourness on the nose, presumably from the brettanomyces. On drinking, the chocolate malt is the first to make its presense, with a dryness on the palate. Then the rich fruity sourness takes over, along with a more earthy palate. Delicious. I’m looking forward to seeing how my cellared bottle fares in a couple years time.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2009
True! Special, very, very especially special it is. this beer sharpened my senses, not destroyed, not dulled them. Though soon after this I turned into an arsehole... Anyway, when I tried this beer it was phenomenal. I tried to buy a dozen 750ml bottles for the cellar (at about $25/bottle), even though I was warned against it (or at least cautioned). The bottles never came through. Iím happy to just live on the memory of that one taste, unspoiled, like my brief interludes with Emersonís 1812 Anniversary Ale and Limburg Oude Reserve.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dudar (108) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 18, 2011
Almost black with non existent head, very softly carbed. Nose: fruity (cherry?), chocolate. Taste: balanced roasty porter with interesting tannic finish. Very complex and enjoyable, some brett notes, earthy bitterness, slightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 28, 2010
A bright red hue. Clear. Light carbonation. Aromas of brett, berries, fruit. Hints of chocolate and cherries. Pepper and some other spices. Lovely aroma. Quite dry on the palate - quite acidic. Spicy, chocolate, berries, cherries. A bit phenolic. Nice dry finish with spice and some hops. Very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
A beer for wine drinkers. This bottle was a reject and still featured well (leaking crown seal). Layers upon layers that linger. I know a lot of people that hate this beer, but I consider them to be heathens. To be savoured. I would suggest sharing with friends, but I donít like anyone enough to share it with!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2012
Isnít that interesting? Mine had a faulty closure too with beer deciding to start bubbling out on the floor of the car on the way home. Fortunately it was in a plastic bag and double fortunately the beer wasnít spoilt. I agree that this is wine drinkers beer and then youíve got to be one of those wine drinkers that can handle a big meaty Shiraz with plenty of tannin. This is not a beer to be taken idly or lightly. It appears deep, dark brown with russet and haze in the bottom of the glass with a persistent collar of mocha head on it. The aromas are of charriness, dark cherry and coffee which is very much reflected in the flavour. What is remarkable is the mouthfeel: it is full, sherbety and fluffy. Not only that, but the carbonation keeps going and going for a good twenty minutes after a mouthful. It is quite remarkable. It also accentuates any black pepper coming out of the flavour. I initially thought I have been sold a pup, but it turns out this is a memorable ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7492) - 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 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.

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