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


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SPEIGHTíSģ 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. Itís deep mahogany colour promises fullness not found in ordinary beers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2005
I really enjoyed this beer, but I confess that my prior experience with the Gold Medal Ale may have been a factor. With that brew i wasnít expecting much and it delivered. With the dark now, i was expecting a quality experience--and I got it. This is a delicious brew--beautiful to hold up to the light--and very satisfying from mouthfeel to finish. Itís rich and will accompany most hearty meals--game, steak, etc. very well. Again, Iím not calling my travel agent to book passage to new Zealand, but I may start making contacts among the Maori in order to insure a continuous supply...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ichform (1) - MEXICO - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
The head medium, with a black body with sweet flavor (like all kiwi things) with roasted malt and caramel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (991) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 6/2/2014. Draught at Coroglen Tavern, NZ. Poured a deep ruby red colour with only an off-white collar but it laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of sweet malts. Taste of sweet malt, malt, malt! plus a slight roasted malt taste as it warmed. Light body (a bit larger-like). Smooth and malty with a slightly sweet and slightly bitter finish. Very nice!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
3fourths (8288) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
A malty brown Porter with problems. Malt profile seems heavier on the cara and crystal malt than the roast and chocolate malt. Itís toasty, crusty and bready with weak choco-coffee-roast notes. Fruity / estery apples with a minor vinegar acid tingle, sits sweet and thin on the palate with a short caramel / toffee and apple finish. Rich chestnut brown body with a frothy tan head. From draft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chinchill (2267) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
On tap at The Moose in Te Anau, NZ on Xmas Eve. Pours clear dark reddish brown with a fairly good tan head. Feel: Medium body and nicely smooth, with crisp medium carbonation; dry finish. Aroma: caramel and medium roasted malts with some maltly complexity; maybe a trace of hops. Flavor: less tasty and less malty than the aroma promises, but only mildly sweet as there is some hop balance. O: easy drinking and recommended if you find yourself at a pub that only serves Speights.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
joe19612 (1957) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a off white head, malty and coffee aroma, taste is light roasted malt with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3413) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
The head is good, the body dark brown. It smells mild malty, bit roasty. The taste is darkmalty, aromatic, bit sour, nice! 12/10/11/12/-/11 3.4

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
Its an alright beer in my opinion, it had coffee notes through it and not really what i want in a beer but it was ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
SarkyNorthener (2454) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
Bottle. Brown beer with red hints, small head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is sweet malts, some roast coffee and a little chocolate. A bit light on the palate. OK beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beer-yum (655) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
A serviceable íthiní black beer. Overall, the good exceeds the bad, and you could almost certainly do worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Imaena (1915) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Draught. This is a pretty poor porter with a thin body and flat flavour.

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