Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just had this beer side-by-side with the Key Stone Milk Stout. This is still a sweet stout. Dark dark dark chocolate, buttery, nutty, ultra rich and full-bodied. Original Rating 2/1/2013: I love it when the style at Ratebeer says "Dry Stout" and the commercial description starts with "A sweet stout." This little masterpiece of Townshend’s is in my opinion much more of a sweet stout. Pours black with a very debatable tan head, which could be a concern if one’s too worried about appearances. The aroma is dark chocolate with a touch of vanilla and Expresso all the way, A hint of nutiness too, but nothing to worry, never getting leathery. The flavour is fabulous, chocolaty too, very woody, with plums and vanilla to give it the stout flair, and no coffee to spoil the fun. Prefect balance between bitterness, woodiness and sweetness. Full bodied, velvety on the palate, with a very comfy finish. Guaranteed satisfaction. A sure pick from the shelf.
beer-yum (586) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Was sweeter than I was expecting but is an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Surprisingly full bodied for its low alcohol content makes this a seriously sessionable brew that I’d choose over a Guinness.
Pdubyah (419) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 29, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This has a reasonable aroma, but has no body or length of taste to carry it. It drinks well for 4% ABV but then questionably is it better than what might be considered a commercial grade stout, like something from Boundary Road, that is dollars cheaper a bottle (slightly more ABV).
chinchill (2128) - South Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Townshend’s Number Nine Stout - 500 ml 4.0% - purchased and consumed on South Island, NZ
Pours clear, very dark mahogany with a small, creamy, light brown head that leaves splotchy lacing.
Feel: medium body; smooth but with lively carbonation that works well.
Aroma: a load of dark roasted and chocolate malts with hints of smoke and molasses.
Flavor: similar to the aroma with hints of milk chocolate, toffee and espresso. Dark roasted malts with a bit of coffee and burnt grain in the long-lasting, mildly bitter aftertaste.
O: an enjoyable stout with plenty of dark roasted malts.
kiwianer (3380) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is good, the body black. It smells roasty, aromatic, darkmalty, bit coffee. The taste is darkamalty, bit roasty, aromatic, bit coffee, less hopparomatic, but bit bitter. OK
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 18, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
mocha all the way. chocolate and espresso combine for a delicious mocha flavour. a little on the sweet side, so probably a sweet stout, but quite delicious.
chefinvt (19) - Blenheim, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Low carbonation characteristic of the style. Pours smooth into the glass, deceptivly thick. Restrained hop aroma with rich dark malts move to the front. Smooth with a hint of sweetness that rounds out the bitterness and makes for a balanced drink. I had to check the alcohol again, as it is surprisingly round and full. I am guessing Marris Otter contibutes to this. Sorry to find the bottom of the glass.
Brodies_Best (257) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - APR 17, 2012
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2012 On tap, pours dark brown with tan head. Foamy head lasts long and has good lacing. Initial taste is caramel, coffee, biscuit, peanut and is extremely well balanced. Very drinkable and served at the perfect temperature. Great drop. Good work. Better than the last guiness and last Murphys I had recently.
gam (3342) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Biege head semi dark porter tinges of red brown at the edges aroma chocolate coffee a smokeyness liccorice flavour liccorice chocolate okay bitter malt sweetness mild bitter aftertaste is mild not the best
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - JUN 15, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: slightly malty and yeasty;
Appearance: Looks like a stout, dark brown, not much head though with minimal lacing;
Taste: Not sweet, mildly bitter;
Palate: medium bodied, soft carbonation and quick finish;
Overall: A stout lite?