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Tuatara Black Light Stout

Brewed by Tuatara Brewing Company
Style: Stout
Paraparaumu, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Given that the world is heaving with exotic stouts, Tuatara has opted for a cunning run up the middle with Blacklight. (Hint: take a quick look at the label under a UV lamp.) This unfiltered, bottle conditioned black beauty is as traditional as a second helping of spotted dick. No chocolate, porridge or marine life in here, just great chunks of toasted malts and bittering hops brewed to a full 7% alc/vol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keenano (21) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - APR 14, 2016
Pours an oily, thin black from the bottle. Medium brown head, nice lacing around the glass. Aromas of heavy roasted malt, I get some alcohol/bourbon, perhaps dark coffee and toffee. Nice mouthfeel, but a quick, sharp defined finish. Slightly heavy. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2859) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2014
Cap bursts of with vigour. A gaseous emission of bonfire wafts forth. At cellar temperature and into a shallow chalice. Inky black with a fine, tight bead. Good legs, but good lace too; the head a messy, sloppy tannish pad that holds. Aroma is husky, of charred wood, ash and soot with dusty, roasted cacao and carob, wood and earth. Quite a rich, peppery, spicy and sweet blend on the palate. Good body, light in carbonation with a lean smoothness to the finish. Well rounded and penetrating with a dominant cola flavour underlying chocolaty malts, wood and ash. Bitter, malty back-end with plenty of peppery spice. Dry finish, drops off a little too quickly. Overall a pleasing Stout, easily sessionable even at 7.0% ABV. Not complex, but just a tasty and honest brew! (50cL, No. 3113045, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 28, 2014
Looks imposing, dark rhick black with tan head but has pretty mild taste and nose. Roasted malt, toffee aroma, but not as powerful as it could be. Burnt/roasted malt taste with notes of coffee. I’m loving the warmth of the alcohol on a chilly night. Not very bold but enjoyable nonetheless

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 9, 2014
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a very dark brown with inch high thick, fluffy head. Nose shows light coffee, some mocha and a slight burntness. Taste has espresso coffee and a smokey, almost burnt ash flavour to it. Light mouthfeel and actually quite thin, although it says on the bottle it's a light stout. Not bad for something different ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
CacheManyHose (566) - HONG KONG - DEC 3, 2013
Pitch red-black with a fluffy big tan head and good legs. Smells strongly of roasted malts (somewhat burnt), bitterness, little bit of raisin. Aroma is less big than what you'd expect given the appearance; the taste even more so. Flavour is very burnt without much else. Body is very thin, which is probably the most disappointing thing about this beer. If this had a bit more flavour and a lot more hops it would make a nice black IPA. Not bad but a little too thin. Very cool bottle though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hop_Hedonist (454) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
Guinness-esqe - light bodied - not opulent or creamy which is a pity - pleasant enough but a bit forgettable - why acknowledge the world is heaving with exotic stouts then make a dull one? Nice bottle though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3420) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Black with an inch of tan head that settles to a cm. Aroma of treacle, mocha, passionfruit, red berries. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Not as sweet as suggested by the aroma. Light roasted coffee, berries, firm bitterness, a little ashy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rangi (670) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 26, 2013
Really enjoyable stout. Like a milk shake but malty, molasses, coffee, and slight, chocolate.  Poor is a great pitch black with a off brown head

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 4, 2013
Block tan head dark pour strong carbonation aromas roasted notes vanilla fruit caramel cocoa the flavours sweet caramel dark citrus roasted coffee cocoa an oily taste medium bitter the finish smooth easy drinking stout good roasted tastes a bitter and sweet goodness okay stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (689) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
500mL bottle. Pours thick black with a mocha crown and a nice molasses/coffee aroma. More espresso coffee in the flavour with ashy notes and a slight hints of citrus hop.

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