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 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...
joe19612 (1609) - 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 (2951) - 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 (1087) - 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 (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A serviceable íthiní black beer. Overall, the good exceeds the bad, and you could almost certainly do worse.
Imaena (1630) - 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.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
roasted malts on a very thin body. hardly a porter. the roastiness isnít all that pleasant on this one either. barely drinkable.
Fluxx (2) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2013 does not count
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A little light for a porter, but a nice light brown ale all the same.
enjoyed the unique malty flavour.
One of the best brown ales New Zealand has.
monobrow (7) - Wanganui, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
One of my standbys on tap,seldom in most NZ pubs is there much available in dark beer, & I often drink it from the bottle. Certainly has more to it than Tui Dark which is gaining .
I wouldnít have thought it was quite up to being a porter , but I enjoy its malts & aftertaste. Has a pleasant bitterness.
DockerDan (21) - Killaloe, IRELAND - DEC 27, 2012
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
From a Bottle , Very dark red (Mahogony). Head disappeared immediately, Aromas of roasted malt, very sweet, hardly any hop.
Mouth feels very thin for an "Old Ale" if presented as a Mild, I would be more impressed.