Catadobe (112) - - AUG 22, 2003Lagerboy (2189) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
I found the colour on this to be a wonderful misdirection on what the beer is truly like. I loved the coffee look to this beer though the head was quite bubbley. I found the flavour and palate to have the typical large brewers tang. I didn't catch much of an aroma at all but what was there was of a burnt malt.
375 ml bottle. Clear deep copper, lasting firm tan foam. Aroma is elusive, slightly vegetal with a hint of toffee. Taste is lean toasty c-malt, honey sweet, something organic, thin and somewhat bland. Softer carbonation, lighter bodied, low hopped. Maybe Porter means something else in ’Stralia. Poor. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary) Muggus69 (2438) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
OLD NOTES OCT 9, 2003
Quite a different drop this one. It was ’limited stock’ in a liquor store I visited, so I decided to give it a try. Quite odd smelling and dark in colour, the flavour wasn’t what I expected. Not really a hint of honey, more of a thick malty almost carmel, but not too sweet. Different, and i’m still not too sure about it. jdpeebs (686) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 11, 2012
Bottle- i’m just updating my records. A very nice beer. Good malt character. Thylacine (526) - Tasmania, AUSTRALIA - JAN 23, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2010 Bottle - A darkish redish beer, almost black. Sweet. Roasted malts with some smokiness. The honey is evident but not overbearing. bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 26, 2007
375ml bottle. Clear reddish brown with a reasonable strongly held together head. Little to no aroma present. Sweetish malty up front. Alcohol warmth comes thru as the brew warms up. Is a bit limp and diluted thru the middle/ending. Some roast malt flavours, no overpowering honey nor any real bitterness. Just plain sweet toffee malts really - not that exciting.
brownporter (10) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 23, 2007
Bottle in Tasmania. Deep red colour. Not overly powering of honey to the nose. Great balance between honey sweetness and bitter roasted flavours - though these two flavours dominate the beer. Medium body. Very well balanced beer - a pity it was a limited release and I got one of the last bottles! ChrisTurner (207) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 20, 2007
Bottle -- Reddy brown (doesn’t look like a porter at all) with fairly active carbonation. Large off-white dense head (you could almost eat it with a knife and fork!) with tremendous retention and loads of lacing. Not a lot of aroma, although some fruit pehaps and malt. Smoooooth mouthfeel. The flavor is malty with a certain tang to it (the honey, I guess) up front, with a bit of a metallic edge later. This beer could be fabulous with a little more earthiness and oomph to it. As it is, it’s a little bland and doesn’t quite hit the spot. Although hats off to Boags for being a little different.
lasonovich (151) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2006
Not too bad, strong honey flavour and slightly creamy which make it pretty tasty. Its a bit too sweet though and the colour is a bit strange. Nicko (223) - Ashfield, AUSTRALIA - OCT 1, 2006
Dark purple brown with a small creamy head. Slight skunky aroma. Not a porter for mine, as others have mentioned, too thin, too light. Treacle honey presence. But good to see mainstream brewers trying something different, instead of repackaging standard lagers with trendier labeling (empire, st george, etc) madquacker (1138) - Canberra ACT, AUSTRALIA - SEP 18, 2006
Quite a nice drop. Is easy on the honey and therefore about the only honey beer I’ve found half decent. Wldn’t bother again though.