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Hawkes Bay Black Duck Porter

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Brewed by Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Style: Porter
Napier, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 2.97/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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Bold flavours of toffee, burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate, characterise this dark ale. Brewed with five malts in 18th-century london style. it has an extended maturation process and robust flavours.


3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (763) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 7/2/2014. Poured an opaque black colour with ruby red edge tint. It initially poured with a one-finger light tan head but this diminished almost immediately. Aroma of caramel malt, roasted malt, and a hint of coffee. Tastes quite sweetly of malt followed by roasted grain and some coffee. Medium body. Smooth (not creamy) with roasted grain on the finish. Nice.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1716) - Northern Beaches, Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 26, 2014
500ml bottle. A dark brown colour that poured with a fading cola-like head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, liquorice and raisins that translate well enough onto the palate with some supporting coffee notes but it’s let down somewhat by its lack of mid-palate weight and presence. Slightly over-carbonated straight from bottle too. The finish is clean, lingers well and consists of dark, dried fruits and coffee.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (1388) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
500 ml bottle in NZ Pours clear, very dark mahogany with a small light brown, fizzy head that quickly expires. Feel: medium body; smooth but the tingly carbonation seems a tiny bit too high. Aroma: sweet caramel malts, toffee, brown sugar and dark roasted grains with some dark fruit overtones. Flavor: similar to the aroma but not as strong or appealing, Has just a hint of smoke. Dark roasted malts with a bit of coffee, dark chocolate and toffee in the aftertaste. O: an enjoyable porter with an excellent aroma. Best if not too cold.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3315) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2013
The head is medium, the body black. It smells sweet, a bit caramel, bit chocolate. The taste is mild, a bit coffee, cramel, chocolate, raisins. Drinkable

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
The 20th rating of this bad boy. Draft courtesyof nate2g, thanks! Dark amber color, only slightly darker than the amber ale we had along with it. Aroma is roasty. Taste is watery coffee and subtle licorice.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (358) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
I suspect this beer is likely much better than my rating. What I call a ’thin’ black beer. But a good (great) porter. Would accept another unconditionally.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ShaneJ (421) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
Bottle from Plonk. Dark brown/black, quickly fading head, coffee/chocolate, vegemite, burnt sugar, a bit thin. Agree with DylansDad - needs beefing up a bit to add some more body.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2013
Aroma and taste are actually very good, it’s just too thin and watery. Up the ABV a couple of percent, and we’ll have a contender.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rangi (508) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 15, 2013
Bit of a bland watery black beverage. Not awful but certainly nothing more to write or comment about.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (11866) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
Light brown colour. Aroma has a touch of cocoa but otherwise doesn’t have much character. Bland and watery, with only a hint of cocoa for dark malt character


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