Brewed by Speights Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Porter
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
SPEIGHT’S® Old Dark is brewed with a unique five malt recipe, (Lager, Caramalt, Crystal, Chocolate and Roasted malts) to achieve a full bodied quality malt flavour. It’s deep mahogany colour promises fullness not found in ordinary beers.

PictouRx's rating

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PictouRx (168) - Ontario, - MAY 2, 2012
Fresh on tap at the Speights Brewery in Dunedin. Pours a nice dark reddish brown with a thick head. Get a coffee carmel aroma from it, get nice malt from it. Got a creamy texture with little aftertaste. Overall satisfying.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
explosivedog (362) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2016
On tap at OGH. Aroma is a little sharp, some dried fruit. Taste is the same raisin notes with some coffee bitterness and a small herbal (rosemary?) twist. Perfectly drinkable, but nothing special.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TedE (1015) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
Pint on tap. Faint peppery nose. Dark red/black beer with solid foamy white head. Flat mouthfeel. Taste is smoky malts with a dry fruity chocolate metallic finish. Easy to drink but like Tui Dark claims 5 malts but has no depth of flavour. Drinkable but boring.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tombutlin (236) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2016
Yep, it is dark, like the label says. Pretty bland though and nothing to write home about. OK served at room temperatuve

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luvystypotables (1694) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2016
If you stop being a beer snob for a minute this is a decent beer, it has a nice aroma of malt and chocolate pours a dark brown slightly hazy with a lasting rich foam head. A pleasant taste of malt, with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Slightly sweet with a lighter body and a nice sweet chocolate finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
GarrettGotu (9) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
Was once upon a time my favourite \ go to beer, however there are significantly better brews available. (And I discovered craft beer, so this little guy doesn?t really stand a huge chance)I would say rather sweet for a porter, roasted chocolate flavours, touch of coffee, molasses sweetness, probably one of the better beers you can get mainstream, but as I mentioned earlier, significantly better brews available.Will always be fond of the memories with this one. (First flat / my party beer of choice)

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ardi (32) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tastes just like Macs Black Mac (Porter). Try it and see? Neither drop however makes the grade as a true porter. Just black sticky swill with little head and a simple forgettable palate. Many better breweries out there producing traditional style porters with more complex flavours.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DylansDad (590) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
Out of all the pigs’ swill low grade piss you could be pouring down your sub-par neck in New Zealand, this would be one of the ’better’ ones: its misfortune and wretchedness is covered by such a sticky layer of over-powering sweetness. However, I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one in a row.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
k0mpsa (2511) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at sudima hotel, christchurch nz. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma is mainly malty, roasty. Light roasty body, smooth, sweet caramel notes.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2015
Sweet beer. Not as in good. But sweet like sugar. Some molasses flavor too.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
TuiSamesi (16) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2015
This beer is best consumed in the South island and to see it exported to Tui country is a real worry. Maybe it is an acquired taste for uni of Otago graduates. Don’t buy it in the North island unless you are desperate. Probably opens legs of ex Otago uni girls but best avoided unless in extremis.

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