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Nelson Bays Dark Ale

Brewed by Nelson Bays Brewery
Style: Porter
Tahunanui, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 2.98/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Bays Dark Ale - A non-heavy, never the less full flavored dark beer. While being an unbeatable winter tipple, it is also quite refreshing during the summer. Dark has won 3 Bronzes in International Competition and was voted Best Dark in its class at the Blenheim Brews, Blues & BBQ’s beer judging in 1999.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2014
Dark mahogany colour with a white head that subsided into a crescent on top of the body of the beer. Aromas of chocolaty malt and dusty carob. Pleasant enough scent, but not the star of the show. Those flavours come through in the tasting. This makes it a tasty, sessionable dark ale, suited to easy drinking. There is a vinous cherryvite tang to the finish that I quite liked as well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 26, 2013
The head is ok, the body brown, almost black. It smells sweet, malty, bit roasty, darkmalty. The taste is darkmalty, bit roasty, maltaromatic, bit dry, ok.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2009
Tasted at Squire’s Bar and Cafe in Nelson with Donfardz64 Some roasted malts in the nose. A skunky lagery scent. Not a lot in the aroma. Tastes like a lager with added burnt malt, some toffee notes. Nothing more really. Like a boring schwarzbier.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2009
Pours dark brown, creamy tan head. Hints of roast malt on the nose, not much there. Feel watery in the mouth, weak roast malt flavour. Mild hop bitterness, very clean finish. Okay, but boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 13, 2008
(Bottle 33 cl) Clear, dark brown with an orange hue and a dense, beige head. Lightly burned malts in the nose. Light in body with lightly sweet, burned malt accents and an edge of cardboard. Lightly sweet, burned caramel accents and a dry finish with a rather subdued bitterness. 040208

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Plimmer (252) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - FEB 4, 2008
Dark almost opaque body and white dense head. Aroma with malt and caramel. Also caramel in the taste. Chocolate in the finish along with caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2007
Black with copper tones. fabulous head retention. Toffee malts on the nose. Light but sweet. Dryish, dark malt palate, if a bit thin & 1 dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23678) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
Bottled. Very dark brown, small beige head. Earthy and intensely chocolatey. Soft with light to medium body and notes of plastic. Fairly low hop rate, and the bitterness is rather low. MIlk chocolate finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 19, 2005
Tasted 17/09/2005. Full English pints at the house bar, Accents on the Park, after visiting the brewery the day before. Near black, deep ruby, with a thin, creamy, light tan head. Nice full dark chocolate nose. Good smooth mouthfeel, not too heavy, with a good dose of chocolate malt and a dry roasted barley finish. Lovely little, easy drinking, drop from an interesting brewery. Tried before, in the bottle, and it hasn’t been anywhere near as good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 12, 2004
thankfully not too sweet. some toasted brazil nut and raisins. went down very easily

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