donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010 Cconners (11) - Tauranga, - MAR 23, 2008
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted a bottle purchased in Tauranga poured a dark brown almost black with a light brown head which quickly dissipated. I can smell th bourbon character but overwhelmingly a smell of green apples dominates. The taste is sweet and is like chocolate apples with hints of bourbon with smoky notes on the finish. this medium bodied beer obviously has a few problems but something kept me at it until the glass was gone. I will try this one again, I would like to experience it with out the apple flaw.
Bottle best before Dec ’04 tasted in ’09. Nice nose, smoky whisky notes dominate. Subtle smoky whisky flavour hint of roast malt coffee. Body has thinned with age but the flavour has not. voota (765) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2008
03 or 04’ bottle thanks to Stew! Pours clear almost black with a slight head. Oaky chestnut, chocolate, barely any whiskey notes... just a slight soily, smokey thing going on. A hint of vanilla and some staleness might be there too. Nice full body with a fairly roasty bitterness which I thought time would have softened out. Flavour carries a lot of chocolate and some wood notes, time has made it a bit stale and meaty too i think. Interesting stuff, but I wouldn’t give it any longer in the cellar bozoNZ (784) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 1, 2008
A well aged bottle shared at BJCP tasting a while back. All the porter characteristics with a nice whiskey flourish. While it’s not the spirit of my choice it works fine here but much prefer the bourbon version. Stew41 (2118) - Phuket, THAILAND - JAN 19, 2008
Sweet, spirity, peaty nose. Quite lifted and indeed whisky-like. Dense. Concentrated in the palate. I got a weird chocolately pongy note, can’t put my finger on it, but I think this beer is ok.
TimE (6273) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 1, 2006
Dark brown color. Light brown head. Whiskey and dark chocolate are present in the nose, but very subtle. Whisky and dark chocolate are present in the mouth and I thought this was very much like a Baltic porter. Whiskey character has definetely settled. Ungstrup (38946) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2006
A hazy deep red beer with a thin beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of whiskey and malt. The flavor is a somewhat weird combination of whiskey and malty as well as light roasted notes and hints of smoke. I find it unbalanced. Emil (6064) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 6, 2006
Bottle. Dark red brown colour with a beige head. Light roasted malty, dark fruits, whisky aroma and a sweet light fruity, whisky taste. Medium body with a heavy whisky finish. A bit to much whisky for my taste. DuffMan (10762) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2005
Fantastic! I love Emerson’s-- can they do no wrong? This is really good porter made better with a whiskey polish. Pours dark chestnut brown with a creamy lasting head. Definite whiskey aromas mixed with scorched malts and maybe some coffee (like their pilsner, I could smell this all night). Whiskey flavour on the palate, but not dominating. This is assuredly a smooth porter with whiskey as a side note-- in other words, very well-balanced. Not an "every occasion" drink, but definitely a treat to be savoured. highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - FEB 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2005 As a Scots-Australian who enjoys a dram or two, I approached this with optimism. It’s a bottle-fermented New Zealand porter that has been matured in whisky barrels from the local distillery. It poured the expected ebony colour with a formidable head. Looked great. Fierce nose: burnt chocolate and coffee grains. Like the aftermath of a fire in a grocery. Medium-bodied and as dry as a bushfire. Smoky notes, some peppery alcohol, licorice and toasted malt. But God it’s dry! Like licking an ashtray. (Bottle, 2003)