Ardi (22) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
2.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Now labelled a ’Porter’. Really?
’No other type of beer arouses so many questions as to its origin. What the hell is it? Is it British or Irish? How does it vary from the Stout style? What does the name mean?
Porter is said to have been popular with transportation workers of Central London, hence the name. Most traditional British brewing documentation from the 1700s state that Porter was a blend of three different styles: an old ale (stale or soured), a new ale (brown or pale ale) and a weak one (mild ale), with various combinations of blending and staleness. The end result was also commonly known as "Entire Butt" or "Three Threads" and had a pleasing taste of neither new nor old. It was the first truly engineered beer, catering to the publics taste, playing a critical role in quenching the thirst of the UKs Industrial Revolution and lending an arm in building the mega-breweries of today.’ http://www.beeradvocate.com/articles/305/
I* think this drop tastes very similar to the newly labelled ’Speights 5 Malt Old Dark’. Just saying.
heyden (82) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2015
2.3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Christian bale - the dark kight. A man who hides behind the shadows, and appears very seldomely. Perhaps this so called ’bevarge’ should follow suit. A tangy plague like aftertaste sends you directly to the afterlife.
Rulymel (206) - SPAIN - AUG 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black colour. Good taste chocolate and cofee in a god body beer. Nice and soft.
KeefOz (1100) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted 8/2/2014. BB 01/08/14. Poured a semi-opaque very deep ruby red colour with a ruby edge tint. A one-finger light tan bubbly head diminished quickly and laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of mild nice smelling roasted malt dominates over a hint of dark chocolate. Taste of sweet malt which very quickly turns to a nice pleasant but strong roasted malt flavour. Light to medium body, a bit heavier than a lager. Smooth, slightly bitter finish. Quite nice.
chinchill (2777) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml pop-top bottle with ABV of 4.8% and a BB date of June 2014.
Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head, leaving very good lacing.
Feel: meium body and nicely smooth, with medium carbonation.
Aroma: caramel, medium and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate.
Flavor: good balance; lasting dark roasted malt aftertaste with a touch of NZ hops and a hint of coffee.
O: easy drinking, moderately favorful black ale that was notably better and more flavorful than the Matson’s Black that preceded it.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
NZ N° 50 # The head is good, the body black. It smells sweet, darkmalty roasty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, maltaromatic, chocolate, toasted. Very Good Schwarzbier!
Travlr (15210) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the source. Very dark brown color, tan head. Aroma of ciffee grounds. Taste is very roasty but plain.
CH-303 (1588) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Very dark brown, clear I guess. Some tan head.
Aroma: Dark malt, chocolate.
Taste: More dark malt and chocolate. Coffee? Actually refreshing.
Info: 330ml bottle, 1/6-2013
Imaena (2004) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 7, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Got a pint of this in Wellington and was a bit disappointed. Its decent beer but not great beer.
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 surprisingly good, tastes kinda like a sweet chocolate liquorice log. not even that watery, rather smooth. biggest problem is the flavour disappears immediately, no punch at all, but its rather nice really. update: found out that the first one of these was actually 6 months past its best by, and was better than the fresh stuff. surprised that such mainstream stuff aged so well. tick this up a bit.