jkm (235) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 2, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/orange in colour with a thin long lasting off-white head. Good lacing. Low carbonation and medium bodied. Nice coffee and malt flavours with a sweet, dry and slightly bitter finish. 330ml brown bottle.
DuffMan (9498) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Another awesome Tassie craft brewer whose products were happily available nearly everywhere we stopped on our Tassie journey. This beer in particular seemed popular in several of the more upscale restaurants we ate at. I happened to have mine on tap in an english pub on wellington street in Hobart, but had it in bottle as well afterward. It pours a dark rootbeer brown, slightly hazy with a thin dense off-white head generating scanty lace. On tap this was VERY chocolatey, but less so from the bottle, and both had a pleasant figgy fruit note in the finish (I didnít get the apple juice thing that other raters have experienced-- maybe they fixed the recipe?). Medium bodied-- a terrific porter.
Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JUN 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2008 Dark red/brown and slightly cloudy. A big tan head at first but it gradually diminished to nothing, Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.Roasty malt flavours, with a hint of coffee, mollases and apple. A sweet finish.
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark red-brown with a large but diminishing head. Aroma of caramel and a bit of apple. Flavour is only slightly roasted and a bit weak. Perhaps the apple juice provides sourness and a dry finish which leaves very little for the hops to do in the way of bitterness.
Dredd (790) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
odd aromas, faint coffee/mocha. Nice colour and head retention, but flavours are not so great. Nice grainy/tannin from the malt, but there is something sour going on (apple juice?). shame really since conceptually it is a nice idea that does not execute so well.
Stew41 (1909) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 9, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Massive fizzy head, coffee coloured, not bad density as it settles down. Canít get my head around the bouquet; very mild roast, a touch musty (apple juice impact?) and stale, the latter note I canít quite work out as the beer is fresh. Quite mildly flavoured; the dark ale / porter roast and chocolate is more prominant and the citrus tang from the apple kicks in late, but does lift the palate somewhat. Notwithstanding, I may not have picked this as apple juice had I not known its presence was in the mix. Apple makes a stronger impact as the beer warms up.
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2007
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear ruby-brown, great foamy head. Aroma is quite nice - lovely grainy, dusty dark malts, marshmallowy sweetness and Milo on ice cream. Flavours are similar, but lighter, and mixed with a hint of Strongbow-esque cider flavour and a touch of tartness. The apple juice seems to thin the beer out with little appreciable benefit, like music which is loud enough to be noticed, but not loud enough to be able to hear properly. I dunno about this one, itís all a bit weird.
jimmy01 (38) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured nicely - good head formation for this style. Nice porter. Couldnít taste the apple juice.
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Take away the apple juice and you would probably have a decent porter, the juice seems to water it down and masks the five malts in both aroma and taste. It is a good porter, easily drinkable, the apple juice is a little unexpected surprise that I am not exactly sure it belongs.
eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
top class porter! very impressive. piano colour with the ivories on top, no black keys. good head ret once again. aroma has lovely blend of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, etc, mellow and inviting, with just a hint of apples (but only if you look for it) - no "dark malted apple beer" here. flavour is classic round coffee porter flavours with .... the weirdest finish of apple juice. not cider, not crab apples, not even toffee apples, just apple juice. i think this is an idea worth exploring but it just makes a good beer watery at the moment. hmm, maybe need a few more to decide. still, full marks for adventurousness.