Brewed by Mike’s Brewery
Style: Porter
Taranaki, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (1855) - Christchurch, - OCT 6, 2012
Again from a bottle, but at just below room temperature. Appears dark with tawny port notes and a covering of latte colour head on top. I took a good snort and was rewarded with plenty of burnt caramel, chocolate, licorice and then amid the tumult Jim heard from far ancestral voices prophesying vanilla. I had a learned off-sider tell me today that they tried it but didn’t get the vanilla. I would suggest that this is because the usual appreciation is from essence or in ice-cream, candy or other artificial flavour. For me there is nothing like the smell of a vanilla pod in your hands, or sat in a bowl of sugar or left to macerate in a bottle of vodka. I get it here and it is evident, mellow and balances nicely with the coffee. Coffee becomes more apparent the longer it sits until it dominates, but this is a domination worth enduring. For flavour it is silky and the vanilla is top of the pops. It isn’t a shrinking violet of a beer but gives of strong flavours of chocolate, vanilla and then lastly chocolate. It is like a big chunk of dark chocolate dropped into a small amount of coffee and left to melt. It is primal, delicious and good. It is indulgent, delicious and tasty without being thick and overpowering. It left a powdery vanilla and velvet on the tongue best cleansed by something fizzy after... old champagne? You’d have to be dulled to the point of insensitivity to miss not only the vanilla in this beer but also the charm.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pdubyah (454) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 25, 2014
(tap takeaway) - Lovely aromas of coffee and vanilla, Pours really well and sits nicely in the glass with a head that looked milkshake thick. Taste takes the aroma lead, and there is an under carry of bitterness. I Thought initially that this has a full mouthfeel but then I thought it didn’t and lacked body. But I like it, and would like it more if it dialled up the coffee or the vanilla a notch.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
inceptioj (50) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 8, 2014
Smells like coffee and vanilla, not surprising but very nice. Tastes really good too. At first it’s delicious sweet vanilla then it throws a cup of coffee at you then it tops it all off with some really dark bitter chocolate. Lovely balance, not too sweet or creamy like some others of this type.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (18184) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle @ yespr. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty vanilla and chocolate aroma. Roasted malty vanilla and chocolate flavor. Has a roasted malty vanilla and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brnandersen (2239) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 13, 2014
Sample from 50 cl. bottle. Pitch black with a small, tanned head. Roasted aroma with vanilla, spices, coffee and caramel malts. Taste is sweet. Medium body. Finishes sweet and roasted. Neat Porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (22012) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle at yespr. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, vanilla and coffee. Sweet and roasted flavour of caramel and vanilla with notes of coffee. Sweet and roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (2595) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2014
Bottle - fuzzy dark brown to black pour with small tan head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee, pleasing vanilla at the end, lovely mouthfeel, great sweet/bitter balance. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11000) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
pitch dark , small light brown head. lots of coca, vanilla and chocolate in the aroma. roasted malts. flavor is vanilla, coffe, faint hops , very licorice-candy like (lakridskofekt) but a sweeter more chocolatey version.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
Bottled. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with notes of vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and alcohol, leading to a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Borup (6672) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of vanilla, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (33244) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2014
50 cl bottle. Pours hqzy dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is coffee and vanilla, roasted malty and sweet malty. Sweet and caramelish. Sweet and lingering caramelish to sweet finish.

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