Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 2, 2011
An inviting light aroma of roasted malt with tones of caramel and biscuit. Pours a rich dark colour with tan head that fades slowly. Initial thoughts about this porter are that it’s complex, subtle and balanced. I like it. Initial hit is caramel and bitterness followed by creaminess and then sweetness. Chocolate and cereal aftertaste. Really goes well with beef sausages overlooking the windy Wellington harbour and city. Well done Emersons. Caton (160) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 6, 2002
Like Duff said, smelt like a banana smoothie with hints of chocolate and strawberries. The flavour changed on the palate for more toffee, coffee and malty notes. A great porter!!!! 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).
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottle 500ml. Nice and robust porter. Aromas of roasted malt and coffee. Mostly sweet flavour, long lasting. Black in colour, with a thin white head. Medium-bodied with a sticky mouthfeel. Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 8, 2011
My first thought as I smelled this, was how many Porters just smell roasty, chocolately and tempting. Is it becoming a same-y same-y thing? And then I thought how pleased I would be if I had brewed this beer. Putting my nose over the glass and smelling this and thinking that it is just so.
The fluffy mocha head dissipated after a short time, and underneath was something that was obviously dark but has a dark chocolate colour to it.
To taste there’s a lovely bitter tang coupled with soft chocolate. Usually when you taste Porters it is an onslaught of roasty, toastiness. With this one it is as if the beer greets you and charms itself into your palate rather than screaming that it is here. It isn’t overt or ostentatious. This beer is a soft, sexy devil. Just points all ’round.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2004
"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?
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 10, 2007
Bottle, poured black with a large frothy beige head. A deliciously rich malty aroma, sweet and alcoholic at first and then bitter chocolate at the back of the nostrils. Quite light on the palate, the dryness being quite gentle. The malty flavour is nicely roasted. Not as aggressive as some porters, but very driankable. duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 10, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2003 This beer really agreed with me, smelt uncannily like banana smoothy (green banana) with a hint of strawberry and roasty coffee, nice body, smooth coffee flavour with hints of berries, very nice. RE-rate: this time i noticed less of those banana/ berry flavours, more smooth soft coffee flavours noticed this time, without the fruit, still very nice. gam (4037) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 16, 2008
Darkest of red/browns almost opaque,big frothy light chocolate coloured head with good carbonation.Aroma liccorice,molasses,roasted hints.Flavour roasted malts,caramel liccorice good bitter,malt is nice.Good enough porter strong in flavour,finish is gritty and dry. thewolf (12746) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 18, 2008
Bottle @ Aarhus, 2008.
Pours deep, red-mahogany with a small, creamy beige head. Aroma is softly roasted, some dark chocolate. Light and fine carbonation - very fitting for a porter. Flavour is super soft, chocolate, subdued roasted. Finishes with a touch of raisins. A truly inspirational London Porter!