hawthorne00 (3163) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2014 [12/09] This is down near the Brown Ale/ Porter border. Numbered bottle (406)! Pours black, dense beige head. Subtle aroma: chocolate, orchard flowers. Chocolatey with some sourness but no bite from (I guess) the apples. Creamy mouthfeel, cleaned up at the end by sourness and gentle hops reminiscent of a dark lager. If this were more assertive it would be kind of a mess, but it’s quite mild in both flavour and aroma and that restraint pays off. Original and good. [3.8]
[9/10] Bottle. Dark brown with a lasting beige head. Chocolate, coffee and apple blossoms - although once you know there’s apple juice in there it smells more of fresh juice. Mild roast, chocolate and just-sour apple taste with nice balancing earth/grass hop bitterness that lingers. It’s curious (and good) that the apples have a tenor-note sourness rather than an overt tartness. A very intriguing drop. [3.8]
[2/11] Bottle. Older or a different batch? In this one the tart apples have taken over and there’s just a hint of chocolate and roast under real and slightly funky sourness. More spice than grass in the finish, too. Interesting, but not much like a porter at all this time.
[7/14] Seems settled as a deliberately sour beer now - nothing porter-like about it. No separate apple flavours either. Usually very good, always interesting.
davidm (2016) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Surprising. Aromas of apple, and grain. Taste is sweet and sour, with average duration. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a head that doesn’t last.
NBird (597) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks.. Deepest of browns, lively med latte colour head, large lacing.
Smells..rich apple juice, earthy, lots of malt characters.
Tastes..slightly tart, dark apples, the more roasted malts are coming through.. Slightly charred barrel aspect too. Loved it.
DuffMan (8628) - 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 didn’t get the apple juice thing that other raters have experienced-- maybe they fixed the recipe?). Medium bodied-- a terrific porter.
Brenhophead (675) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
330ml bottle from the brewery while i was on holiday in Tas. Pours almost black.. a deep red when held to the light with a creamy beige head and nice lacing. Is has the sweet aroma of apple and dark malts very nice. The taste initially has dark malt characters and then the zesty sort of sourness kicks in from the apple that they add. It had a very unique flavour i have never in my life had a beer like this. I was told at the brewery that they actually add apple juice after ferment and then add a champagne yeast for a secondary ferment, so i guess it is sort of a dark ale cross with a cider and the ratio is something like 70% beer, 20% cider and 10%champagne? I cant say I’m a huge fan of cider or champagne although i am enjoying this beer cheers 2mt and thank you for thinking outside the square =)
mickmac (484) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear red brown body with a large tan head. Medium to high carbonation. Aroma: sweet with dry spices. Taste- sourness, cherries, fruit with a balanced bitter-swet finish. Light to medium bodied.
eczematic (1323) - 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.
Pyobon (1220) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottle - as Dark Apple Ale - apparently six different barley malts and 20% apple juice) Clear mahogany brown with tan head. Refreshing aroma with notes of scrumpy cider, lambic, maybe white wine vinegar, and as it warmed up some dark roast malt notes. Medium body with plenty of pleasant carbonation. Taste is good although rather unusual, mixing two styles - a tart scrumpy and dark ale with roasted malts. The taste balance is very much towards the cider with pleasant acidity and apple cider dominating, especially in the foretaste, although there is also some malty sweetness just apparent. The chocolatey, toasty malt flavours develop in the mid palate and persist into the finish, however they are rather in the background. As the beer warmed up, the balance shifted somewhat with the porter characteristics coming forward more. An enjoyable, unusual drink - to me, more a fruit beer than a porter.
donniemillan (102) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It pours really dark yellow brown, almost no head, the aroma is fairly lacking despite being strong in flavour, really nice medium sourness.
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow pours very dark brown, essentially black with a nice creamy tan head. Retention is great, best of any local i’ve had in ages! Nose is quite peculiar, dark roasted malt with a juicy acidity, no doubt from both malt & apple juice. Palate translates well, very juicy apple notes on the mid palate before dark malt brings a touch of roast but not a whole heap of flavour. Overall everything seems to be a tiny bit muted, or maybe just subtle...? Carbonation is relatively lively which makes it a little creamy. Overall a pretty weird beer, creamy & juicy feel...? But certainly well made & rather enjoyable. Will definitely have again & recommend!