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


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RATINGS: 52   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Speights Porter is based on a double-malt stout recipe brewed until 1929 at Speight's Brewery. A red-black beer with a rich robust palate and complex, full aromas. Best savoured at 6 degrees Celsius. A blend of crystal, caramalt, roasted wheat and choclate malt combine to give a complex, smokey, mocha aroma and a rich coffee flavour which finishes on a subtle choclate note. Kauri gyle open fermented

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
The head is stable, the body black. It smells roasty darkmalty. The taste is roasty, darkmalty, bit wooden, coffee, bit chocolate. Nice 12/12/12/11/-/12 3.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (2037) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 3, 2012
On tap at the Speights Alehouse. Very nice taste. Aromas of burnt caramel and chocolate. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cantabrian (970) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 1, 2012
It’s unfortunate they don’t bottle this beer any more. From the tap, it’s invariably too cold. I can’t get any aroma. It gets a 5 for not being unpleasant though. Nice, woody, milky flavours of roasted malts and bitter chocolates (with no coffees to overwhelm it). Savoury finish, a bit like Marmite or Oxo. I forgive the beer for being a bit on the lighter side. This could be among the best of New Zealand porters.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAY 6, 2012
Dark with a brown head. Flavour of coffee, roasted malts, quite sweet. Dry palate, thin body. A good beer comparing to other Speigth’s. But the palate is not enjoyable as a porter should be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (32942) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 4, 2011
Draft. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt and wood as well as lighter notes of soy sauce. The flavor is sweet with notes of mlat, caramel, and wood, leading to a dry roasted finish. The mouthfeel is smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2009
Draught. Spare tan head over a clear black-ruby body. Espresso like aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted wood, coffee. Spicey balanced finish. Full bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (8969) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Draft at Speight’s Alehouse in Greymouth. Pours red-black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, caramel, roast, coffee, and smoke. The flavor is roasty with a lot of chocolate and those follow through to the finish. Really smooth and full bodied, but just a wee bit watery, which keeps it from being a higher-shelf porter. Still, I liked this one a lot and it certainly beat expectations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8822) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
Sampled on tap at the brewery. Wow! This was a surprise! Pours very dark with a dense brown head. Aromas of burnt malt, chocolate, brown bread. Rich roasty malt flavour, some chocolate, coffee, vegemite, with a slightly minerally finish. Full bodied, nice flavours.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 21, 2009
Pours black, brown edges.
Aroma is full of roast malt character; coffee & choclate pervade with a distinct sweetness.
Flavour has the roast malt coffee, which comes through strongly. The only let down is a thin body, kind of watery.
Overall, a surprise from this brewery and definitely their best offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 30, 2009
The aromas are sweet - chocolate tones with mild coffee and vanilla, some roasted malt. Flavours are of dark chocolate and burnt toast. Quite sweet, kind of like golden syrup. Hints of what seem to be a smoky flavour, with bourban and a coffee bitterness near the end. Quite weak bodied for a porter. Finish is dry and relatively long lasting, with flavours of coffee and strong cocoa. Not bad at all... But then again, I’m a sucker for porters.

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