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Pink Elephant Rajah (2013)


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Formerly brewed at Pink Elephant
Style: Porter
Blenheim, Malborough, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.87/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 202   ABV: 6.75%
Rajah boasts a roast malt richness with hints of chocolate and coffee. Perfectly balances with copious quantities of hops to reflect the opulence of historyís greatest Rajahs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2013
Oil black poor with minimal mocha head. Thick espresso aroma. Itís the mellowness in the flavour that is surprising eseecially after the aroma promises a blast of coffe the actual taste is subtle and lingering. There is a molasses aspect as well that adds to the thickend feel of this brew. Brew warming some plumb and molasses comes through. A sweeter deeper beer than at first. Great long lasting beverage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21661) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Almost black color, brown head. Aroma of rich espresso, dark chocolate. Taste has bitter cocoa, coffee, dates, figs. Good mouthfeel. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 11, 2013
This is a fantastic beer, a lovely rich taste with lots of balanced roast. Good thick consistency and prickly carbonation. I really like this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (1367) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2013 An imposingly rich black beer that would be superb with strong cheese, meat or desert. Have upped my rating after subsequent tastes have confirmed that this is a superb beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
Modest tan head very dark pour soft carbonation aromas chocolate dark fruits coffee liquorice caramel the flavourscocoa roasted chocolate dark hoppy fruits raisin roasted coffee very fruity tastes liquorice apricot medium strong bitter morishing porter dried fruit citrus the finish excellent tasting porter dry creamy smooth best aftertastes hops that linger roasted flavours lasting bitter sweet malts rich wonderful porter

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
omega (898) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 10, 2013
2013 bottling 6.75% Alc. Looks impressive on the pour - dark and brooding with a generous tan head. Generous coffee on the nose. Not overly heavy on the palate, but it just lingers and lingers and says, "Remember me? Iím still here." Another great beer from Mr Pink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2013
I am going to strongly disagree with my esteemed colleague Cantabrian. I fell base over apex for this beer as I have with so many other Pink Elephants. It appears as black as sin with a coffee coloured head. It really looks like engine oil when you pour it. Coffee is a bit of a theme as it follows in the aroma with dark chocolate straight from the Whittakerís factory. I found the aroma to be perfumy and lovely. In the mouth it was fluffy and desserty with some savoury elements. There was plentiful sweet chocolate and cocoa. The coffee in the flavour became bitter and caused the flavours to linger to a dusty cocoa finish. I disagree with my friend Cantabrian in that I found this to be a very elegant beer that I would be happy to drink a hundred of (which I will if I get the chance).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 14, 2013
The beer is dark brown, as thick black coffee, with a formidable shiny coper-coloured head, which disappears just too quickly. Strong aroma of coffee, strong flavour of coffee. With a thin palate, it gets friendlier (less coffee) as it warms in the glass, with a bit of the whisky coming up in the alcohol, some molasses and peaty smokiness, but it does need some more sweeter chocolate notes for a bit of balance. I ím glad it is not as herbal as I feared, but it could be overall more complex. And itís a porter, not an "english strong ale."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
delicious. has coffee flavours and nuttiness in abundance, and is very richly sweet. could drink many pints of this, but slowly and with savour.

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