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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21403) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Draft at the Malthouse. Dark maroon color, beige head. Aroma of coffee grounds and fresh fruit, sort of like a bright Ethiopian coffee. Taste is roasty and fruity. Nice.

   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3500) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ALLOVATE (2894) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 19, 2013
Colour is a funny thing when reviewing stouts. Somehow just writing that it is black sells the beer short because it seldom, if ever, is so black that it cannot show some vestige of colour. This particular beer has a definite tawny hue in the dimple of the glass, but in terms of depth, it is fairly dark... just not entirely dark. There is the making of a mocha coloured head that now (halfway through my glass) is a smattering of lace and a crescent moon clinging to the top. A sniff reveals rather incongruous tropical fruits, lemon flesh and a dusting of cocoa. This seems rather vigorously hopped with aroma hops for a stout, which isnít a bad thing at all. A taste reveals that fruitiness and a slightly piquant mouthfeel. Then out comes the typical stouty charriness and gentle pinching bitterness at the sides of my tongue. It then lengthens into astringency. I have only one issue, and it isnít really a complaint: it doesnít have a thick body, why is it not Porter? This is a minor query for what is a rather tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beer-yum (1334) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2015 Deliciously dark and strong. Another excellent beer by the Kapiti coasters - long may they make it.

   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cantabrian (990) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 1, 2013
A friend who occasionally drinks a stout said drinking this beer was like watching an Austin Powers movie dubbed into German: you know itís perfectly well-done, the movements of the actorsí lips seem to be actually speaking German... but it just feels wrong, corrupted. I must agree, as these excessively spiced porters/stouts do not make my day. As this was served just below the lowest temperature limit, thereís little I can say about the aroma. Flavours were just too hoppy, peppery, with little chocolate or malts to surface under the smothering herbs. Lemon grass tea, grapefruits and lemons seem to be out of place, in a rather thin bodied, spetacularly black beer. Hate to rate it lower, but not my favourite among so many of other wonderful Tuatara beers. The bottle is pretty damn awesome though..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (896) - NEW ZEALAND - JUL 31, 2013
Nicely balanced beer that is soft and velvety on the palate. Not overtly viscous. Lasting finish is of roasted malts and once again is quite a clean beer from Tuatara. Very drinkable and hides the 7% very well, but I would also say that I though it lacked a twist to make it standout which is why all the parts scored well but the overall score was lower.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ShaneJ (822) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2013
Bottle from Tuatara brewery. Darkest brown with reddish tinges, chocolate, coffee, toast, earthy hops, a bit woody/oaky even, light body (for a stout), very enjoyable though. And loved the bottle.

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