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


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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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.

Rangi's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rangi (670) - - JUN 15, 2013
Bit of a bland watery black beverage. Not awful but certainly nothing more to write or comment about.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
GoufCustom (1414) - HONG KONG - FEB 18, 2016

330ml green bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Clear blackish brown colour; Three-quarter finger head with beige foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with active slight carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of dark malt, with fair roastyness, strong toffee, caramel, strong cream, coffee, light chocolate, sugar, faint dark fruits, yeast and faint grass; Close to light sweet taste of dark malt, with fair roastyness, caramel, light toffee, Cola, very light chocolate, Molasses notes, light bread, yeast, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and very light grass; Close to light body. Slick palate; Mouth Feel is fair dark maltyness in a light but slightly thick body. Roastyness is threadbare. Only some caramel to pop up the otherwise empty Cola taste. Very little chocolate and no coffee at all. Sweetness is minimal. Dry and bready with minimal lemon to end. Blah!... Hoppiness is faint grass in nose. Faint lemon and very light grass in taste; Bitterness is very low for an abrupt, almost non- astringent Cola-bready finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very easy and slightly bitter to mouth.

Comments: For a 4% Porter, it has pretty promising aroma in strong toffee and coffee cream, but taste-wise, itís a typical 4% - empty Cola with non-deScript low roastyness, almost devoid of any dark beer tastes. Itís not bad, itís just feel like drinking a harmless exercise. Too lightweight for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andrus86 (292) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2015
BOTTLE. Poured a cola black with solid cream head.. Dark malts on the nose, some smoke? Assortment of dark, choc & coffee malts blended together with a good creamy finish.. Sourced Rosco

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer4eternity (212) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2014
On tap as the WHANGAMOMONA REPUBLIC DARK ALE at the Whangamomona Hotel. (Katie from the Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery tells me that Whangamomona Republic Dark Ale is the same beer as the Black Duck porter). I really liked this beer and am wondering now if beer always tastes much better when Iím on holiday! Rich ruby brown hue with small diminishing coffee crema head and delicate lacing. Delicious whisky peat toasted roasted malt, wood oil, liquorice,leather, coffee and especially chocolate aromas. Possibly some of those aromas may have been environmental rather than from the beer. Nicely balanced moderate bitterness and sweetness. Tingly carbonation, medium body, mildly oily texture, long dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jujumaries (16) - FRANCE - JUL 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Nice beer, not too strong in porter flavor. But tast is also a bit weak. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
heyden (134) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
Nice roasty aroma. Thatís where it stops really. Translucent brown body. Thin bodied, light roasted taste. Not a lot else going on. Heavily carbonated. Bland! Good as an introductory porter I suppose

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoploader (11) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
This is one of my favorite beers, not overly heavy beer with a good balance of roast choc and caramel flavors

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
KeefOz (1406) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sm89walt (1897) - 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 itís 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (3796) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - 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

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