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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Porter
Woodend, VIC, Australia

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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A very tempting extreme twist on the classic robust porter, brewed with over 300 kg of malt and infused with a dash of rich Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans. Luscious chocolate, coffee, and caramel flavors are balanced by a hint of vanilla and a body of 6% alcohol. A perfect winter warmer or a complement to meat pies and chocolate-based desserts. A definite "unisex" beer with great appeal for both guys and gals.


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
voota (765) - Melbourne, - DEC 11, 2009
Murky almost brown with a small tan head. Strong mocha aroma, tons of vanilla and rum, ripe plumb and a hint of vegemite... Palate is smooth at first, but when the sweetness dissipates, it becomes almost harsh coffee and leaves some dry cocoa feel. Similarly, the flavours start with a sweet chocolate/rum/dark fruit and finish more towards the coffee vegemite thing. Wonderfully complex and drinkable.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
M_Sack (352) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle. Virtually black, thin cappuccino coloured head with spotted lacing. Muted aromas of chocolate, toasty coffee, a whiff of wood smoke, touch of liquorice and vanilla. The flavours step it up a gear with chocolate and vanilla followed by a bitter, dry, toasty finish. Rich mouthfeel and near perfect carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6514) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle. Medium brown with mahogany highlights. Chocolatey aroma and flavour, lightly roasty. Not bad.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ngejo (143) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - MAY 23, 2014
Tap. Black, clear, minimal head, tan foam, lightly bitter, light body, soft carbonation, & bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2014
A well rounded porter with a silky body and balanced vanilla and chocolate notes. Nice moderate carbonation. Good go to beer for the cooler months, when you can’t find something new to try.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1264) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2014
Pours black with a brown head. Aroma is malt, roastiness, lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel with hints of vanilla. Taste is medium to high sweet leading to big roasty finish. Pretty decent.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomekk1978 (418) - POLAND - APR 12, 2014
Barwa: ciemno brązowa, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, niezbyt obfita, szybko opadająca. Aromat: po otwarciu przyjemne czekoladowe nuty. Potem jednak zostają one przytłumione przez inne - głównie melanoidyny. Występuje także lekka kwaskowość, akcenty miodowe, owocowe (banan). Alkohol czy chmiel niewyczuwalne. Zapowiadana wanilia niestety także nie. Smak: słodowy, umiarkowanie pełny i niezbyt słodki. Lekka czekolada, spieczone ciasto, ciemne słody oraz wytrawna końcówka. alkohol dobrze zamaskowany.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westkyoto77 (503) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2014
Bottle. Poured a slick inky black, with a short-lived fine tan head. Vanilla bean and espresso nose. Quite fizzy, and not as sticky as most porters, but still a good robust body. Luscious flavours of dark chocolate, coffee and rich roasted malts. Nice bitterness, with just enough sweet depth. A winner.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
armando629 (2405) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 11, 2014
0,33l bottle, Taps Beer Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
Deep brown, ruby body with a medium tan-beige head. Aroma of cocoa and roasted grains, earth, vanilla, ash. In the flavor is some burnt wood, cocoa, vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (950) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours a fairly clear pretty dark brown with a small beige ring of foam. Aroma is chocolate, toffee, vanilla, and roasted malt. Flavour is chocolate, licorice, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, and some bite(alcohol I believe). Really impressed with this one!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1171) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2014 Pours a clear dark brown with a red hue and a nice brown head that leaves good lace. Aroma of vanilla, chocolate, roasted malts and latte coffee. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts and a bitter cappuccino on the finish. Medium carbonation leads to a full well balanced flavor on this robust porter.


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