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Brewed by Two Metre Tall Brewing Company
Style: Porter
New Norfolk, Tas, Australia

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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
An aromatic dark ale using five barley malts, Huon Valley apple juice, and Tasmanian Hallertau hops.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dredd (687) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JUN 24, 2007
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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2007
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.

2.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2007
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmy01 (29) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2007
Poured nicely - good head formation for this style. Nice porter. Couldnít taste the apple juice.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluevegie (3052) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2007
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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
eczematic (1319) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2007
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.


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