Kurtos (87) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a nice deep Black with a small 1 finger nail head.
Aroma. A sweet nutty espresso smell.
Taste. Strong Licorice up front, backed by some espresso and a general roastiness, with an annoying bitterness throughout.
Shark_Pants (130) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I must say that I'm quite a fan of TLBC Christmas Ale quad. This one pours almost pitch black with only the mildest ruby highlights and a big 3 finger pillowy head that quickly becomes a thick film on top of the beer. Not a huge amount of lacing though. Aroma is roasted malts, espresso, Vegemite, brown sugar. Taste is exactly the same, with the Vegemite being a bit more prominent. Mouthfeel is quite thin & drinkable, although I think a few would 'stack up' so to speak. Not bad at all but not one of the greats.
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ALLOVATE (2281) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Heavy sediment layers the base of the glass; the beer as black as night. Two inches of rocky tan foams settles in atop and leaves a thick weave. The nose is very earthy and dusty with notes of mocha, kelp, Biltong jerky and sautéed mushrooms – a little odd! Very sweet palate in contrast to the aroma; a mixture of burnt sugar and toffee, cola beer and chocolate. Astringent, sourish malt finish, drying out as it goes. Nice body and soft and gentle in mouthfeel. Lasting, woody, dark malt and dark chocolate flavour. Low to no malt or hop bitterness, which could have ramped it up a bit. Warming, even with the modest ABV. Overall not too bad an ale. Certainly kept me interested. Good stuff!! (33cL, BB 14/08/14, Dan Murphy’s Currambine)
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this beer at the pumphouse in Darling harbour, when they had a tap takeover. A very nice beer.
Jado (440) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown - almost black - but with a few red brown highlights at the edges. Cream coloured head starts off quite pillowy but collapses to a collar pretty quickly. Strong aromas of dark and dried fruits - prunes, currants, raisins - along with dark chocolate and a touch of coffee. Fruit is up front in the taste, before a roasty bitterness come through. Black coffee at the back end. Lingering finish with cocoa beans and chocolate. Like it a lot.
StevieT (399) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great beer, love it. Nice and dark with a great aroma................................
Cantabrian (763) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pleasant porter, thank you Little Brewing Company for the only decent drink today. Dark brown almost black with a very persistent creamy head stained with tan circles and craters on top. Aromas of roasted malts, a touch of alcohol and plums. Roasty flavours too, missing a bit on the berries side, and thanks God (or the Wicked Elf) also on the coffee side, but with a lovely sour note. The palate is rather thick, almost greasy. I’d buy more of it had it been available in New Zealand. Ha! Port McQuarie! I knew it! It HAD to be near Kempsey!!! Another great reason to come back!
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Jet black with smallish tan coloured head. Aromas of roasted grain, dark chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. Nice. Flavours show plenty of roasted grain with a slightly acidic bitter finish. Medium thin mouthfeel. Pretty good me thinks..
DeliriumT (354) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours jet black with chocolate coloured head. Roasted malt aroma with subtle caramel. Medium body with slightly overpowering bitterness which takes over the nice chocolatey flavours in this beer
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at Josie Bones. Great porter, well balanced. Aromas of roasted caramel and chocolate; with notes of liquorice and coffee. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Black, with a frothy head.