Brodies_Best (223) - Auckland Central, - AUG 27, 2012
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark brown with light brown head. Aroma of smokey sweet malt and alcohol. Taste is well balanced. Sweet on the tip of the tongue. Full bodied burnt malt smokey sweetness. Good drop
Oakes (11363) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Med brown. Fudgey aroma, lightly nutty. Thin for the style, but with some sweetness and a hint of that nuttiness.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2012
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the get go it looks fantastic and smells awesome. It starts really well, but it is just a little too short on the palate. You feel a little short changed really, its got all the body but no finish!
ComradeK (902) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque intense black, with a smallish beige head, which lasts reasonably well, leaving some lacing. Sweet milk chocolate, cream and a touch of custard mix with some faint floral hops in the aroma. It is quite hoppy to begin, with floral and leafy hop flavours dominant. These give way to sweeter almonds and custard, which are in turn soon overcome by by bitter dark malt notes of coffee and dark chocolate. A fairly brief finish has some cream and milk chocolate. The interesting combination of hoppy flavours and dark malt notes makes for a quite pleasant beer.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at warners on the bay festival. Pours dark brown with dense and creamy tan coloured head. Nose is really nice with lots of dark chocolate, milk coffee and vanilla. Really nice. Flavours are some what muted by comparison. Some sweetness and a little roasted grain and not much else. Mouthfeel is on the fine side.
TimE (2938) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light bodied, not that great, especially after just having the Elemental. Mediocre porter.
Jimthechap (1420) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tasted on tap at Cassel’s in Christchurch. Big, dark and smells inviting: vanilla, char and chocolate. A big, black pint with a small white head that subsided in short order. Tasty, licorice and vanilla to the fore, lip smacking and tasty with a finish that verges toward the sweet. Not a bad effort this.
maneliquor (2711) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Beervana. Dark pour, very dark brown almost black with a small off white head on top. Cocoa powder and toasted biscuit at the forefront of the aroma. Slight vanilla note through it. Dark chocolate and roasted malts in the taste with a sweetness behind it all. Little thin on the palate. Solid
gam (3006) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Light tan head only small though medium carbonation very dark brown pour aromas vanilla chocolate smooth coffee expresso like liquorice light cough mixture note irish moss dry cocoa taste finish dry tasting cocoa mild but noticeable tastes the bitter and sweetness both on the palate a fizz good porter just seems a little thin
KevBrew (37) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a hint of red, good light brown head, lacing for Africa. Cocoa bean, coffee, molasses, vanilla (not sure why), burnt toffee, Liquorish, Nana’s sherry. Full body - oily/creamy, soft carbonation, bitter finish. Very bitter/sweet upfront, nice round smooth bitter finish with some burnt toast in the tail.