Brodies_Best (258) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle pours dark brown with tan head head that fades slowly. Initial aroma is sweet, malty and of oranges. Medium bodied slightly acidic bite on the tongue. Nice biscuit flavour aftertaste. Altogether a pleasing drop.
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not too bad as a light tasty porter. Lacks any of the complexity or flavour you expect from a better porter.
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
50mml Bottle- A very nice smooth roasted barley flavour. A very good dark ale.
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice dark ale, not my favourite style of beer, but pretty good none the less.
Cantabrian (880) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
By the name, it had never occurred to me that this would be a porter. The Dakota Dark was named after one of the 10,048 C-47 airplanes (a military version of the DC3) produced by Douglas in the United States. This mentioned survivor is sitting proudly at the Wigram museum, by the brewery, wearing the colours of its heyday when she carried royalty and dignataries all over New Zealand. She can be proud of this lovely porter too. Fabulous NZ-black colour, with a tan head that slowly reduces into a thich creamy cover. Subtle aromas of roasted coffee, chocolates and raisins, if you want to push it, but I’d say some suggestion of fruit there, behind the roasted malts. The flavours are not well compacted, but still very interesting, giving the beer a charming complexity, with smokiness, chocolate, coffee and a smart touch of hop bitterness not overwhelming each other, nor the palate. Only the finish is rather abrupt, certainly not as long lived as the C-47s, many of which still operate today. Still, its disappearance on the palate could be a smart marketing gimmick, as it just leaves you waiting for more.
Jade (416) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rediish brown, mocha aroma. Coffee, bitter with a warming sensation. Little head to speak of. Nice.
hawthorne00 (2548) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark reddish brown with a light tan head. Aroma of nuts and chocolate, vanilla, anise. Not much sweetness in the taste - roasted malt, chocolate, toasted nuts, vanilla. Astringent coffee and a fair bit of anise at the end. Says to serve chilled, but I liked it better as it got to about 12C. A little thin, but a nice porter all the same.
sinkas (288) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from BeerMasons
Chocolaty toasty malty but not quite rich enough for me but sessionable
davidm (1945) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 500ml from Swords Vic Market. Delicious porter, very well balanced. Aromas of milk chocolate, with hints of pine. Taste is sweet, with light bitterness, and long length. Palate is silky, with a medium body. Black, with a frothy head.
Jimthechap (1790) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark. I held my glass up to the light and only saw a lick of russet notes on the edge of my glass. Big creamy-white head, aromas of coffee, caramel and Dutch cocoa. As the head recedes, it;s covering the glass in a rather satisfying lace. Those aromas are evident in the flavours, but everything except the chocolate is short lived. For all that, the chocolate lingers and spreads a good carbonation mouthfeel across the palate. The finish lingers for a minute or two and then gone... in time for another sip. This beer is perfectly likeable.