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


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.51/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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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.

Jimthechap's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (1885) - Christchurch, - OCT 30, 2012
Isn’t 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 wasn’t spoilt. I agree that this is wine drinkers beer and then you’ve 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fletchfighters (1190) - 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 (905) - 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 (5419) - 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 (3575) - 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 (11868) - 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 (5323) - Fairfax, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (10449) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle shared by Travlr. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy beige head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is prunes, lactic grapes, toast and cookie malt. Flavor is tart fruits, toast and cookie malt, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (14477) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Bottle from the source. Dark brown color, massive fluffy beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, coffee. Taste is port wine, red wime, cafe au lait. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brodies_Best (262) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 7, 2013
750 ml bottle picked up at New World Birkenhead. Think it was opened at the wrong temperature, too warm maybe. Poured very dark brown with red tinge. Frothy head that hung around. Good lacing. Aroma was sweet, fruity like berries but yes there was a certain farm rawness to the aroma. Taste varied from slightly acidic medium bodied sweet smokey roasted malt. As it warmed the more chocolate flavour came through. The wine drinkers liked it too.

   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

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