beer-yum (239) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 11, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An enjoyable brew with many positive aspects. The competition is fierce and this beer is middle of the pack - but a great drink nonetheless.
lisagirl (262) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2013 update: on tap, i could taste a bit more chocolate in there, but itís still rather thin and the roasted malt isnít all that pleasant. uprate a little bit, as this is an improvement. original: rather disappointed, thatís for sure. looks a wonderful jet black, but beyond that, the charred roastiness isnít doing it for me as it doesnít seem to offer much in the way of those gorgeous coffee or chocolate notes youíd expect (or much anything else) and the mouthfeel is woefully thin. it isnít bad, itís just not at all interesting or something iíd go back to. would expect more from three boys.
Pdubyah (183) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The worst thing is that I only brought the one. This is pretty good, itís a little bit oooh a little bit ah, and has a fair bit going on.
I canít recall a better porter, but then Iím a beginner, and if this is the bar then there is a big treat somewhere ahead. Start here and follow the yellow brick road.... or the three boys...
omega (583) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 2, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a nice dark brown with generous tan head. You can smell the maltiness on the nose. Disappointing on the palate as it is quite thin and lacks a velvety goodness.
sunevdj (2916) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at Lake Hauroko. Pours black with a beige head. Sweet with some dryness. Aromas of toasted malts and caramel. Quite hoppy with both floral and slightly earthy hops notes. Some band-aid aromas. Medium bodied with a smooth velvety mouthfeel. Medium to soft carbonation.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a but thin with chocolate notes, but nothing outstanding. Pretty forgettable and not one of their better efforts.
Zeke_NZL (32) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 3, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: roasty. Appearance: black with a red tinge when held up to the light, brown head that lingered until the end of the beer. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, hints of chocolate with a roasty finish. Palate: medium body, soft carbonation, long roasty finish. Overall: Superb beer that started out a touch fizzy but by the time i had finished the beer (over an hour) i was wishing i had bought a second bottle. will definitely have this beer again.
Jimthechap (1326) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Russet to ruby notes in this black beer. Beige head. The aromas are a bit of an enigma. Thereís peppery spiciness and charry toastiness as well. Either itís just because itís late winter, but I could swear that I smell daffodils. Quite cool and then spice and tang that settles across the tongue and becomes bitter (but not too bitter). A second assessment of flavour brings out white currants, gooseberry and other fruity notes. Itís the sort of berry fruit tang that you find in Dubbels. Odd, but tasty enough to go back for seconds.
tom_clift (44) - Carnegie, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
500mL bottle. Pretty standard tasting porter, but had an unpleasant metallic aftertaste. Bottle might have been old/oxidised?
KapitiCritique (324) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 12, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Alcohol and moderate yeasty bread. Chocolate and cafe au lait - creamy coffee malts.
Appearance, Clear dark brown with red highlights, with big dark frothy head dissipating quickly to a thin film and trace of lacing.
Taste: Slight bitterness, mellows to mild sweetness but is not pronounced, no real hint of sourness. Finishes quickly with a faint bitterness.
Palate: Full bodied, creamy texture, soft carbonation and alcoholic malty finish.
Overall: Hard to say what more would I want in a porter. Not sure what the spiciness is they are asserting on the label but they are New Zealanders and may have a different idea than say, the Carib or NíOrleans. It is a nice porter. Would love to see it on tap in Overland Park or Kansas City