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 (711) - 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 (1790) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - 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. Can’t get my head around the bouquet; very mild roast, a touch musty (apple juice impact?) and stale, the latter note I can’t 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, it’s all a bit weird.
jimmy01 (31) - 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. Couldn’t taste the apple juice.
bluevegie (3063) - 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 (1321) - 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.