lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#1 hoptoberfest at the volstead - faint pineapple, spiced dark fruits. bit thin and lacking in strong flavours, but nice.
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a taster at Hoptoberfest, Volstead. As a non-NZ born & bred, it is probably unfair for me to try to rate this when I have no idea of the wonders of Pineapple Lumps. And considering my general opinion of the local lollies, I am not even sure whether I want to try them. That is why I could not get the (canned) pineapple scent and flavours that I was hoping to get in this beer. The porter is pleasant, for sure, sweet and full of chocolates, but a bit waxy, lacking a stronger character. I miss the excitement that I get with the Oyster Stout or the Coconut Milk Porter from the same brewery.
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg - Sky Sports Grill, Auckland. Poured with a fine but lasting light beige head atop an opaque brown body. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee and candy-sweet tinned pineapple. Mostly dominated by roasted malts and coffee on the palate too with a subtle pineapple and pear sweetness. Medium body, soft mouthfeel with a lingering dry malty finish supported by a light tropical fruit sweetness. Different but immensely likeable.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The head is good the body black. It smells roasty, chocolate, coffee-bitter. The taste is a bit pineapple-sweet, sweet-roasty, aromatic, bit bitter, delicious! 13/12/12/12/-/12
deusax (459) - Grenoble, FRANCE - FEB 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
chocolate flavour, didn’t really taste the pineapple. lightly bitter, dry palate.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2012 Tasted on tap at Cassel’s. Unfortunately it was served too cold to bring anything remotely pineapple-lumpy out of the aroma. It was poured jet black with a latte coloured head that thinned and clung to the sides of the glass. Flavours (and what aroma I could garner) were of charry roastiness, similar to a number of NZ porters and stouts. Plenty of carbonation and it cooled the sides of the mouth. Just a huge shame there were no discernible pineapple lumps, as they’re a bit of a favourite of mine.
I ordered a pint with the express intention of re-evaluating this beer I might have said I would. The aroma and flavour took a huge boost from what can only be an extra injection of pineapple lumps. With that it has become sweeter, tangier and a really rewarding pint. Bravo!
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
While Pineapple Lumps are the catch, it is the sheer quality of Porter than delivers. In fact the Pineapple Lumps are very subtle, just a little on the nose. A milk chocolately flavour is more evident. An impressively smooth palate. Please sir, can I have some more?
bozoNZ (758) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Just what a festive brew should be. A bit cheeky, in ya face but built a quality beer. Aroma gives the light waft of the pineapple confectionary and the palate has the delecate milk chocolate woven in to it. Beer of the year for sure...