ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2005
Brown / reddish colour with a small light brown head. Roasted malty aroma with coffee notes. Sweet taste with coffee notes. Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 23, 2005
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a small baige head. Light roasted sweet coffee chocolat aroma and taste. Medium body and a light sweet dry finish. yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 9, 2005
Tasted 09/05/2005. 500ml bottle from Rumble’s, Wellington.
Deep mahogany, almost black, with a lovely red hue in the light. Creamy, pocketed, light tan head is reminiscent of honeycomb. This fades slightly to leave a thin, almost oily, creamy head with strong lacing. Cocoa and rich fruit (plums) dominate the subtle aroma at first with a hint of coffee coming through later. Roasty malt flavour, as mentioned on the label, is very dominant and delivers a smooth, very well balanced, coffee-like roasted bitterness in a silky milky mouthfeel. Palate is left just a touch oily but pleasantly so. This beer is ultra smooth and is another fine specimen of NZ’s top brewery. Rich but subtle. Winters night fireside perfection (along with Taieri George and Whisky Porter).
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - APR 29, 2005
Black, beige lasting head. The aroma dominated by black currants and licorice. Notes of roasted malts closing in - and then the vague smell of coffee in the morning. Soft carbonation. More licorice in the flavour, well balanced by a touch of fruit (black currants, black berries) and some underlying malty sweetness. Then, at last, some hops in a dry, short finish. Drinks rather well. Ungstrup (37574) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - APR 9, 2005
A deep red beer with a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with notes of oranges as well as hints of roasted malt and acidity. The flavor is slightly acidic combined with notes of roasted malt leading to a dry end. I wonder if the acidity stems from the sampled beer is 3 month over the best befor date, though I’v never had an "old" beer with this acidity in it.
Jeppe (2631) - Brooklyn, Alabama, USA - APR 8, 2005
Dark redbrown body, ultra tall foamy light brown head. Sharp and penetrating roasted and herby aroma, rather weird and not very balanced. Mild chocolate and malt flavor, dry herby tones. Drinkable, but unbalanced, with a touch of infection. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2004
BB 08/05. A gift from the GFs parent’s recent trip to NZ. Dark-brown colour with a thick tan head, fading to a tight sticky lace. Aroma of dark malts, light raisin, some very toasty and plummy notes as well. Flavour is well-balanced, fat maltiness, toasty with dark fruits in the finish. A nice brew madsberg (11770) - Søborg, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2004
Bottled: Dark amber coloured. Clear. Huge brownish dense head. Some malt and chocolate in the nose. Is roasty flavoured.. Has malt and coffee notes. Is mildly bitter and has a harsh roastyness in the end. Quite thin bodied and watery. Is light fruity as well in the end. Is smooth and easy to drink, but all in all a quite boring porter. NosirIwont (2530) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 3, 2008 Bottle. Thanks to Enjoyit. Pours dark brown with a big frothy head. Aroma is roasted with notes of corn (in a non-cheap way) and cigarettes (in a good way). Some fresh vegetable/fruit notes which becomes distinct apple as it warms. Flavour is sweet and roasted. Bitter finish with lingering apple and faint smoked notes. 03-07-08.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
Old rating, Nov. 2004, same numbers:
Bottle. Dark red/brown colour. Thick, creamy(-looking) brownish head which stays. – Very nice, although I like my porters darker. Sweetish, slightly acidic aroma. Roasted with notes of licorice and chocolate. Sweetish, roasted flavour. Light to medium bitterness. Slightly metallic. A bit thin palate. Needs more ‘bite’ in the flavour.
"Roasty Malty Bitter Dark Ale", reads the label of this 500 ml bottle, sufficiently warmed for this sampling. I’ve never seen labeling so simple, informative, and accurate.
Fully brown color, with a small, but sure, bubbly tan head, that stays for awhile.
Aroma: just as the bottle told you, "roasty" is the word, intensely bitter at first sniff, the perfect copy of the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans. Nice stuff! The kind of smell I love to sniff!
Taste: still bitter on the tongue, but not too much so, nor is it too smooth, a very consistent, and appreciated bitter-/hoppiness. Fills the mouth quite well, and warmly!
My idea of a session brew, (I’m funny that way) and reminds me a lot of hometown favorite, Summit Great Northern Porter, with the bitterness. Not quite as roasty as a champ like Samuel Smith’s, though. Other fine flavors emerge as we sip, chocolate, a touch of fruit. Nice, persistent finish.
My first New Zealand beer, and, if we’re lucky, not my last?