Brewed by Wanaka Beerworks
Style: Schwarzbier
Wanaka, New Zealand


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.18/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
A rich malty black beer with hints of caramel and chocolate. Slightly hoppy with a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
microbeerhop (3) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 26, 2007 does not count
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23426) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 9, 2006
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer4eternity (216) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 23, 2011
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9538) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
m2swim (15) - Idaho, USA - JUN 10, 2009
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Linc (739) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 16, 2002
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3947) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - MAR 30, 2008
Danish bottle. Pours a light black with a beige head. Sweet with lots of burnt malts. Hints of coal. Medium bodied. Dry burnt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chinchill (4265) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 14, 2014
330ml bottle with 5.0% ABV -- BB March 2014 Pours clear, dark reddish brown with a good head. Feel: a bit too thin but nicely smooth, with soft, medium carbonation. Aroma: caramel and dark roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavor: good balance; slightly sweet; nice roasted finish. O: easy drinking, lighter Black ale that smells great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kaya161 (1139) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 11, 2002
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.

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