omhper (24966) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - JUN 10, 2005
Bottled. Dark mahogany, rich firm head. Nutmeg aroma. Elegant, woody and solidly malty, There’s a rich cookie malt flavour and lots of milky chocolate. The hop late is low, and does not distract from the richness of the malt flavours. Complex, and really, really good! mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 28, 2005
2005 AIBA Sample. Nice dark brew. Not a lot of aroma but a big fruity and chocolate taste. Roasted, not burnt aftertaste, which is what I prefer. That may be why they called it a porter. ALLOVATE (3004) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Tasted on tap at the brewery and from the bottle. First point, this seems to win a lot of medals in the porter category and I couldn’t find anything typically porter-like in it. Anyway, Poured an opaque black, with a little ruby coming through in the light. Head seemed like one expected from a Barley wine, nothing more than a thin tan ring. Aroma was feint, chocolate hints and burnt grains, with some toffee sweetness and a light hint of alcohol spice. Palate was treacle-like with flavours bouncing off of each other. Slick smoothness, light in carbonation, dark chocolate and biscuity sensations, medium carbonation and (unfortunately, but not detrimental) a slightly bitter astringent swallow. A hybrid by any style, with no hint of alcohol in the mouth, this is a good beer for quiet contemplation or just a social Sunday.... just don’t call it a Porter!!! Choos (754) - Taylors Hill, AUSTRALIA - NOV 1, 2004
Aroma: malt, mocha and hop. Appearance: dark red tinys, small head, looks like cola. Flavour: malt some noticeable alcohol but with some roasty notes. Palate: medium and almost creamy from the gently carbonation. Overall this is an attrative beer. mullet (849) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 20, 2004
Looks nice - dark, clear with a good yellowy head. Roasty and grainy dark chocolate aroma, milo, charcoal, a fair bit of varnishy alcohol, plastic and blood-and-bone. Nice malt flavour with good roasty chocolate malt flavour, caramel and some "acridity." Finish is more roasty than bitter with some whisky. Nice but it might have been better at a lower alcohol content (if they could keep the flavour up.) Thanks ol_juntan!
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2004
Pours brown with ruby highlights, small tan lasting head. Aroma mainly caramel and light roasted coffee. Medium bodied. Strong roast flavours balanced out with sweet toffee caramel. Slightly nutty in finish. Not bad. vanvenlo (1860) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 30 Aug 2004 (Rerated 18 Apr06) - Burnt mocha, spice and spirit aromas. Lowish head that dissapates, clear brown cola colour with stuff all lacing. Pleasant sweet and subtle rich malt and not fruity, with a low hop flavour. Finishes with a sharp roasted and a long lingering burnt malt aftertaste, but slightly thin beer. Lunkie (1926) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 30, 2004
Nutty chocolate aroma. Black colour with fair head. Burnt malr flavour. Fizzy palate. Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2004
I agree that they need to be careful in describing this beer. Perhaps the only thing really raging is the bull that this is a really ggreat beer. Looks good as do most darker beers. From all the ratings posted the one standout is that people seem to rate darker beers higher for looks. The nose is as described, a creamy maltiness. On tasting the PoR comes out as simply bitter with no support from an aroma hop. The maltiness of the beer comes through in the mouthfeel but on the whole a bit of a disappointment. Nemo (100) - Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 26, 2004
Reddish-brown colouring with a a smallish tan head. Roasty, malty, grainy, smoky, coffee & a hint chocolate type of aroma. Heavy roasty malty coffee taste to bitterish aftertaste. OK brew, but with a name like Raging Bull I expected something with a bit more of a punch.