microbeerhop (3) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2007 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I tried all 3 beers on tap at the Wanaka Beerworks micro-brewery. Tall Black poured beautifully. A rich malty, sweet beer, full-bodied, flavours of chocolate, coffee, slightly smokey. Appearance is a red ruby hue. Smooth on the palate.
omhper (18314) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Dark brown, full creamy head. Coffee aroma. Medium sweet and medium bodied with pleasantly soft mouthfeel. There’s lots of roasty malt flavour and some more unexpected blueberries. Velvetty finish with fairly low bitterness.
JoeMcPhee (8053) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black beer. Nice milk chocolate aroma. A bit of roast, toast, and coffee in the nose as well. Sweet full-bodied palate with a very creamy texture. Flavour is also sweet, rich chocolate, some toasted malts and a touch of herbal character as well. Another great brew from Wanaka.
beer4eternity (199) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
330ml, (229mm tall) bottle. Dark brown hue with a rich deep ruby tint, small beige foamy head quickly diminishes to a thin coffee crema ring. Delicious coffee, cocoa powder, milk chocolate nose with a hint of shea butter and nuttiness. Roasted, toasted almost burnt malt aromas come along with the flavour. Taste is an appealing medium sweet with a moderate to long duration, with subtle but noticeable sourness. Medium body, soft carbonation, lightly oily velvety texture, and a dry slightly astringent finish. Yom yom. Possibly the beer that got me into the world of craft beer 10 years ago when I had it at the brewery. Thanks to Sue for supplying the Wanaka Beerworks trifecta for a pleasant reminiscent walk down memory lane.
DuffMan (5772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer highlight of my recent New Zealand trip was finding the microbrews from Wanaka Beerworks. All are terrific. This one pours a dark brown. Roasted malt with a sweet chocolaty, toasty, caramel palate. Delicious.
m2swim (11) - Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased from the brewery. Pours a deep reddish color with a nice, long lasting head. Initial aroma hints of coffee, chocolate and caramel. Nice mouth feel - slightly chewy. Above average finish.
Linc (737) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2003 Not particularly dark for a porter. Flavours of chocolate, nuts and caramel come through, quite pleasant, if perhaps a little too sweet. Interesting hop aroma and flavour. If you told me this was a bock I'd not disagree.
sunevdj (2914) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Danish bottle. Pours a light black with a beige head. Sweet with lots of burnt malts. Hints of coal. Medium bodied. Dry burnt finish.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nearly black in colour. Chocolate nose. Medium bodied, syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet, slightly burnt flavour. I would categorize this as a sweet porter. Decent, but nothing special.
Cantabrian (668) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby, not black, with a thin dark beije head that disappears in a minute. Very weak aroma of bitter chocolates and roast malts, with some fruity tone hidden in there. Although the beer is water-thin, which is perhaps it’s worst sin, the flavours are nice, with chocolate, roast malts, some sour note that reminds me os a watery Murphy’s. The finish is pleasant, with a rather meaningful citrusy presence. Not sure why it is stylised as a Schwarzbier, as the label clearly states "Dark Ale". But then, the manufacturer’s website now refers to it as a "Bohemian-style Black Beer", of which I cannot think that it could be possibly referring to a region - because it does not taste as such black beers from Bohemia - but perhaps it’s more of a Bohemian as a lifestyle. For me, this is an obvious, nice, thin Porter.