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


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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
RuneStumo (2441) - Haugesund, NORWAY - JUL 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2008 20.07.2008. 0,33 l, Can, Luzern. Smells almost nothing and there is no head. Carbonation is flat. The colour is brown. The taste does not match the nice appearance. Nice malty taste. I dont think this is a Porter. The body is not full enugh and it dont have the strength.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
patricks110 (2181) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2008
Not exactly a porter. Although the appearance of the beer is that it looks like coca cola, the taste is not bold enough for me to think of it as a porter. Aroma is of nutty malts. The beer is smooth and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3681) - 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 (7118) - 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 (9500) - 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 (4448) - 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 (6398) - 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 (5155) - 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.

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