Rangi (508) - - JUN 15, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bit of a bland watery black beverage. Not awful but certainly nothing more to write or comment about.
KeefOz (745) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
sm89walt (1693) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
chinchill (1264) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
kiwianer (3305) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 4, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
beer-yum (330) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
ShaneJ (387) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 28, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
DylansDad (295) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 16, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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