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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kerrmatt (33) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 13, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2013 Another great enjoyable brew from Tuatara.Very impressed with the head on this, like a large creamy coffee crema. Dark chocolate and coffee, nice alcohol balance with good complexity, yeasty brandy vanilla notes and toasty bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omega (898) - 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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hop_Hedonist (474) - 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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 30, 2013
Solid dark beer. I agree with below, it is really a porter, but other than that it is a really enjoyable and drinkable beer. Nice flavours and lovely balance, just could be a little more unctuous! Nice to see Tuatara venturing out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21638) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3537) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keenano (26) - 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 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 isn’t 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 isn’t really a complaint: it doesn’t 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 (1361) - 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.

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