pubscout (30) - 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...
explosivedog (357) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
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.
TedE (1011) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
tombutlin (231) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2016
2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Yep, it is dark, like the label says. Pretty bland though and nothing to write home about. OK served at room temperatuve
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GarrettGotu (9) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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)
Ardi (32) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
1.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
DylansDad (590) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
k0mpsa (2502) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at sudima hotel, christchurch nz. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma is mainly malty, roasty. Light roasty body, smooth, sweet caramel notes.
GlassBrass440 (315) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 7, 2015
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sweet beer. Not as in good. But sweet like sugar. Some molasses flavor too.
TuiSamesi (16) - NEW ZEALAND - JAN 27, 2015
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.