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Brewed by Wigram Brewing Company
Style: Porter
Christchurch, New Zealand

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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brodies_Best (230) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 10, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2012
Not too bad as a light tasty porter. Lacks any of the complexity or flavour you expect from a better porter.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdpeebs (687) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2012
50mml Bottle- A very nice smooth roasted barley flavour. A very good dark ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BarossaLuke (537) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 28, 2012
A nice dark ale, not my favourite style of beer, but pretty good none the less.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cantabrian (764) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 26, 2012
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jade (401) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 19, 2012
Rediish brown, mocha aroma. Coffee, bitter with a warming sensation. Little head to speak of. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (2262) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 21, 2012
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.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sinkas (273) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAY 9, 2012
Bottle from BeerMasons Chocolaty toasty malty but not quite rich enough for me but sessionable

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 18, 2012
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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jimthechap (1492) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 27, 2011
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.


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