Brewed by Riverside Brewing Company
Style: Porter
Parramatta, NSW, Australia


on tap


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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
This dark, mahogany coloured ale was a favourite with the workers in 19th century London.
Our Porter is well balanced between malt and hops with subtle notes of chocolate and coffee resulting in a smooth and very drinkable dark beer.
Eighty Eight Robust Porter is unfi­ltered and bottle conditioned for maximum taste and enjoyment.

highlandlad's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
highlandlad (1443) - Blue Mountains, - MAY 26, 2014
Smooth, well-made robust porter ticks all the boxes. Would rate this higher if Ratebeer favoured a to-style approach, rather than its happily anarchic hedonistic scale. Standard appearance with a stunted head. Subdued aroma of milky coffee, Milo, bath grout, faint whiff of nail varnish/acetone but not enough to spoil the experience. Lovely rounded flavours of dark chocolate, toffee, licorice root and umami. Anything it loses in appearance with the underdone head it makes up with a silky, mildly-carbonated body. Really nice. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
motelpogo (7686) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 6, 2015
bottle, picked up at express liquors in downtown newcastle. nearly black with a light purple tinge to it; creamy texture; some stewed plums in the aroma; forest fruit jam, cocoa powder; modest bitterness; steady and pretty drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jado (687) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - AUG 12, 2015
From 330 ml bottle. Pours a solid dark brown/black with a sudsy tan head that subsides to a cap. Aromas of milk chocolate, raisins, prunes and coffee. Taste shows dark fruit at the front before a coffee bean and dark chocolate bitterness leading into a smoky note at the end. Smooth finish with a chocolatey aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1201) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 17/7/2015. Pours not far off black with a small to medium tan head. Has quite a strong chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate dominates the flavour too, but there’s also a good dash of coffee, and some vanilla, against a light roasty background. It displays a decent bitter kick, which sets off the sweetness nicely. Medium to full body with average carbonation. This is a very tasty, well made porter. Tried two from this brewer so far and they’re both winners.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TedE (592) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2015
330ml bottle into glass. Roasted smoky nose. Totally opaque darkness. Tan head. Strong coffee & chocolate taste. Aftertaste is intense dark chocolate. Serious and well-made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Choos (680) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 25, 2014
Aroma: little funk, good malt and carbon App: dark brown/black sudsy tan head Flavour: rich malt, balanced hop and dark fruit Palate: thick and finishes hop and mocha ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1112) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 9, 2014
On tap at The Archive. Pours thick and dark with a tightly bubbled tan head, laces well, smooth with strong chocolate running through the roasted flavours. Mild coffee on the aftertaste, I liked it a lot.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Malrider69 (107) - Central Coast, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2014
An excellent example of porter with malt and hops complimenting each other. Tastes of caramel, chocolate and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KeefOz (1176) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2014
Draught at Archive Beer Boutique, Brisbane. Poured an opaque black with a wide mahogany edge tint. Light tan bubbles as a collar that laced poorly as film on the glass. Aroma of sweet coffee, condensed milk, and with a hint of roasted malts. Taste roasted up front with milk chocolate and a somewhat tangy/spicy hops bitterness. Light to medium body, light for a porter and lighter than I was expecting. Smooth, creamy with a very slight tangy bitterness on the finish. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3681) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
Block tan head dark pour medium carbonation aromas malt chocolate roast coffee dark fruits vanilla the flavours liquorice roast coffee dark chocolate vanilla dried fruits caramel medium carbonation crisp touches good going down the finish fairly good porter all the good notes of malt and bitter fruit tastes very likeable

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