Jade (399) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown to black colour with a very thick biege head. Oaky aroma, chocolate and coffee. Taste is quite light and warming. Very nice.
FlyingWombat (21) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 10, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another fantastic brew from Renaissance Brewing, with all the beers I have tried from them proving beautifully drinkable and enjoyable.
Poured from bottle into a stem glass, it was nicely black in colour with a very big tan-coloured head, which holds very well and leaves plenty of lacing. Big aroma of roasted malt and dark fruits. Very balanced, classic porter tast, with a long finish. An excellent example of the porter style, almost too easy to drink.
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Espresso black with a persistent tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, vegemite, and burnt toffee. Flavour is rich and full, lots of dark chocolate/espresso backed up by a firm, roasty bitterness. Some raisiny port-like notes add depth and complexity. Really solid beer, would drink often if it wasn’t so expensive.
hawthorne00 (2215) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2011 Bottle. Very dark brown with a lumpy 2 inch head in a large tulip. Aroma is very restrained, but good: a nice balance of chocolate and roasted malt, coffee, dried fruit, grass. Taste is bigger - bittersweet mocha, prunes, a little citrus, floral and grassy hops. Long, slightly woody dry finish. Flavorsome and involving but still light and easy-drinking. [3.9]
Black with brown edges, lovely beige head that laces well. Aroma has mingled roast and grassy hops, chocolate, coffee, muscatels. Fills the mouth. Taste is just sweet with fried fruit, then modest roasted malt, coffee and good chocolate. Drying, moderately bitter finish is long. Graceful.
ilovebeernz (15) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the most balanced porters I have tasted in Australasia. I love the New Zealand beers that are finding their way to Melbourne at the moment, and this is one of the best with a toasty, coffee and chocolate nose and a full suptuous palate. Yum.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 9, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2010 500 ml bottle
Aroma: chocolate and hints of tarry burned something, very malty and I think I may have gotten a hint of veges, green beans? - (20.11.10 Seven months later my guess is that I got a aberrant batch. There is no green vege here now.)
Appearance: dark brown opaque with frothy/foamy brown head that lasts quite awhile. and sticky lacing.
Taste: smooth, a little bitter, and a touch of sweetness, there may be a hint of metallic aftertaste - not sure. (20.11.10 None at all now)
Palate: very full bodied, creamy and sticky texture, thick
adequate carbonation, does not overboard, finishes mildly and takes a few minutes to do so.
Overall: This is a good porter. Let’s leave it at that. (20.11.10 Still true)
Threepwood (107) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aromas of caramel & coffee, some fruits (passion or citrus perhaps) underneath. Thick, rich and full bodied, lots of dark malts, chocolate. Firm bitterness and a nice long lasting finish. Delicious, smooth and amazingly easy to drink. I love what the Renaissance team are doing with beer, this is easily one of the best beers made in the ANZ region.
buzz_and_hum (153) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 3, 2010
4.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Yes. This is wonderful. Caramel notes float over a floral bed, leading you down to a rich deep purple-tinged ale, while the head holds strongly white above. My first taste was sweet then, boom, round complex flavours hit the tounge to fade to a smooth warm aftertaste. And the second sip is even better. Amazing stuff.
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 1, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely - notes of coffee and chocolate... nice toasty bitterness... Quite crisp but a little thin, especially in the mid-end palate.
davidm (1923) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle 500ml. Unique beer. Aromas are intense: roasted malt, flowers, dark fruit, chocolate, and alcohol. Taste has a sweet start, with bitterness taking over for a long finish. Velvety palate, with a medium-to-full body. Black colour, with a frothy white head.