pubscout (28) - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA - MAY 16, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 wasn’t 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. It’s rich and will accompany most hearty meals--game, steak, etc. very well. Again, I’m 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...
ichform (1) - MEXICO - JUN 1, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The head medium, with a black body with sweet flavor (like all kiwi things) with roasted malt and caramel.
KeefOz (923) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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!
3fourths (8055) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A malty brown Porter with problems. Malt profile seems heavier on the cara and crystal malt than the roast and chocolate malt. It’s 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.
chinchill (1900) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
joe19612 (1858) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown colour with a off white head, malty and coffee aroma, taste is light roasted malt with a dry finish.
kiwianer (3339) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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
yungbeerguy (31) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 4, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
SarkyNorthener (1965) - Walsall (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
beer-yum (481) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A serviceable ’thin’ black beer. Overall, the good exceeds the bad, and you could almost certainly do worse.
Imaena (1837) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught. This is a pretty poor porter with a thin body and flat flavour.