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


on tap


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3457) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 22, 2008
Medium head back to lace cover on a dark red/brown pour,very dark carbonation good.Aroma mild chocolate coffee malty tone.Flavoue coffee,malt,fruit taste(stone)has a fairly good taste but weak at the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2008
A Sim rate (draft at Speights Southerner pub in Temple, London): Caramely, nutty aroma. Wish it was a little stronger. Bittersweet. Nice red/brown appearance with a head that really lasts. The flavour is smooth, with caramel and a bit of burnt toast. It’s so, so smooth. Not harsh at all. I’d like another of these, please!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rune (8832) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAY 12, 2008
Half pint from tap served xtra cold at The Southerner , Temple, London. Dark brown red-tinged body with lacing on the glass. Light roasted malty to the nose. Notes of dark chocolate malts in flavour supported by a touch of sweet caramel. Too diluted palate for a porter. It’s a pity that the ice cold serving temperature took some of the flavour from all of the Speights beers at the bar (01.05.2008).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4366) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 4, 2008
Bottle in New Zealand. Blackish brown beer with a light head. The aroma is mildy yeasty, and the flavour is bitter and yeasty. Overall an average malty and bitter beer with a yeasty feel.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2008
I’ve had this one in New Zealand on my honeymoon.
Had it in a Speights Ale House. Not that bad, but a bt dull.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KnutAlbert (6312) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2007
Keg at the Speight’s pub, Temple, London. I suspect that this is a dark lager, not a real brown ale. Ice cold, good looking, malty sweet, not hopped neough for balance.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 20/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
Good stuff from Speight. Enjoyed at a Speight AleHouse in Queenstown, NZ. Sweet and malty with some dryness. Light hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thebeertourist (5009) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 5, 2007
On tap at Speight’s Ale House, Temple. Pours dark mahogny with a decent beige creamy head. Chocolate malt aroma. Nice chocolate flavours with hints of espresso. a bit watery texture. Quite likeable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14509) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 1, 2007
On tap at Speight’s bar, Temple. Sweetish malt aroma. OK in mouth, bit too sweet. Decent tingly hop on finish. Hop had a sting. Malt is a little syrupy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
kempicus (343) - Bakewell, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - NOV 16, 2007
Probably the one NZ beer I’d pick out of the usual bottled selection in a NZ bar. Good fruity malt nose and flavour, too sweet and has a not so good aftertaste, chemical and acrid? Is this really ale? I get the feeling it’s a malty dark lager....almost a dunkel with no style?!

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