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 (1868) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - 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.
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a large brown head over a ruby-black body. Aroma of passion fruit and blackberries. Tastes of espresso coffee and bitter chocolate finishing with touch of bitterness. Medium to full bodied and smooth. Nice-different to have the blend of both the dark malts and the hop aromas and flavours.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Brew on Quay in downtown Auckland. Pours near black with a big rocky tan head. Nice aroma of dried fruit, roasted malt, smoke, dark chocolate, nuts, toast, hops, and a dash of whiskey. The chocolate is stronger in the flavor than on the nose, and the hops come through more here, too. Smooth and complex, with a medium body and good carbonation. Dry, smoky finish. The first beer I ordered in New Zealand turned out to be one of the best.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - OCT 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks for sharing Nate. This was a big juicy porter, lots of chocolate, coffee and oily flinty character. Good bitter finish with a thin to medium body. I would like to try this again just to get more of a feel for it, but otherwise a very good, though not great, beer.
gam (2908) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Large tan coloured head dark porter has a red/brown tinge,aroma chocolate good malt rich roasted,caramel vanilla coffee cocoa,flavour dry,roasted,cocoa chocolate,vanilla and caramel,coffee essence taste,smooth bitter,easy light sweetness,liccorice very noticeable,finish dry good biter even tastes nice porter.
DonBirnam (108) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with red tinge. Sweet coffee and dark fruit aroma. Flavour is dark fruit with coffee, caramel and slight roastyness. Slight bitterness to balance out the finish.
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - SEP 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Very dark pour, almost completely black, with a large, long lasting tan head and a fair bit of lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and dark fruit all stand out. Flavour is pretty similar to the aroma, with a great balance between the sweet and bitter elements, and a slightly stronger presence of the hops. Very smooth and creamy, this is a great porter from Renaissance.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2010 500ml bottle, batch 0078. Beautiful aromas of strong dark dried fruit (raisin especially), coffee, dark malts, dark chocolate. Very dark brown hue with small creamy beige mostly lasting head and excellent lacing. Flavours of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, Christmas pudding fruit. Smooth rich velvety mouth-feel. Fruity and bitter finish. A fantastic beer, even 500ml wasn’t enough!