heyden (80) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark and viscous pour. Super smooth and easy to drink, fairly low bitterness which suits the idea of coconut. The beer had to warm up a bit for me to taste and smell the coconut which really lifted the beer. Really well made too
Jimthechap (1941) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep ruby colour with a gibbous crescent of greyish head. There seems to be trails of pinprick carbonation in what I can see in the beer. The scent is clean and of carob (I hate carob), toffee apples and some dusty Dutch cocoa powder. The first sensation is of the carbonation and those gentle aromas manifested as flavours. Thereís a slightly astringent bite on either side of the tongue as it settles into a faint unripe apple quality. This sounds like a fault but it isnít intended to be. There seems to be an intriguing game going on between sweet and sour juiciness and the mellower elegance of the cocoa. In the end, just a trace of flakes of coconut pop out and remind you of that time you were in Rarotonga. An intrigue, this beer.
GlassBrass440 (234) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Toasted coconut dominates. Chocolate supporting. Like a mounds/bounty bar. Taste is similar. A bit of smokiness in the flavor. Nice offering.
beer-yum (754) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2015 An excellent local beer (Wellington, New Zealand) that has the body and flavour of a much stronger brew. The nights are not so long when you are drinking a beer as good as this.
Pdubyah (486) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The Aroma was like chopped liver or mushrooms, it was really a challenge to me, or Iím confused. However I braved that and drank of it. A complicated beer, with a strange aroma, a flush of coffee and a warm finish of coconut, and a lot in the middle that I though was a muddle. Somehow this works as it gets warmer and adds creamy and sweet. A confusion though.
Letís say that Iíd rather have one of these than a ídomesticí any day.
DaveWaugh (4) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lovely dark colour, nice thick creamy head that lasts well
The Nose is all about the toasted coconut and in a good way!
The coconut turns a porter into quite a refreshing beer whilst simultaneously adding more depth and complexity to the chocolate backbone of the brew.
A porter that one can happily drink during the warmer months.
chinchill (2718) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Fork & Brewer in Wellington.
Clear but deep, dark red coloration.
Fabulous aroma: rich, complex and highly appealing with caramel, toasted coconut, and a hint of pinot noir barrel. A hint of red wine in the flavor too where the toasted coconut is unmistakeable but not overdone. Very good sweet/bitter balance. Complex and dynamic flavor mix.
O: an excellent porter with wood-fired toasted coconut. A very big beer for 4.5% ABV! Highly recommended.
Cantabrian (917) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 24, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Penguins and porters. Another duo that fulfils a fraction of my range of obsessions. Iím surprised that in the country with most penguin species on this planet, there hasnít been a penguin on labels in over 200 years of beer history. Glad Kereru is claiming some dignity back to these lovely birds after Brazilian lager Antarcticaís thrown their reputation down the pits. And by the way, this should be the true "March of the Penguins". OK, to the beer. Wonderful aroma of chocolate and berries (initially), which turns to coconut milk as the dark brown ruby beer is poured, and finally becomes toasted coconut. The flavours are on the same line, with toated coconut in great balance with a bitter & malty dark chocolate. The beer is rather thin bodied, which takes nothing away from its merits. Kinda sparkly smooth and crisp, it is absolutely refreshing. Hereís a porter to be enjoyed at the height of summer.
inceptioj (51) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 15, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Huge fan of Kereru as a bird so off to a good start here. Nose is unsurprisingly filled with delicious toasty coconut. Tastes similarly delicious. Itís not as overwhelmingly sweet as some other coconut porters Iíve had and maintains a good balance with a spot of cocoa bitterness on the finish. Itís less syrupy and more thick and creamy on the palate. Very very enjoyable.
kiwianer (3427) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 16, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is good, the body dark brown. It smells coconut-intensive, aromatic, bit darkmalty. The taste is coconut intensive, aromatic, fresh, natural, darkmalty, less hoppy, refreshing. Very Good! 4.1