Cantabrian (1158) - Christchurch NZ, now Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 21, 2012 Demise (57) - Wellington, - FEB 5, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2009 Pours dark brown with ruby edging and a tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas, with a hint of caramel. Dark chocolate, malt and coffee flavours with a surprising cherry finish. Quite fizzy on the palate. The chocolate overpowers a bit which is unfortunate, but a solid beer with a lot of flavour.
Nice surprise. Pours black, or better, dark brown, almost turbid, with an off-white head that looks less bubbly and certainly creamier than some of the other dark beers of Harringtons. Aromas of chocolate and burnt malts. Yes, the charred crust that sticks to the bottom of the casserole when we prepare pinto beans. The flavours are chocolaty too, and charred, of course, with hardly any bitterness. It is a nice beer. Medium bodied, it still has a finish with a little of the astringency of Harrington’s other porters. OK, why did I say "nice surprise"? I know it sounds insulting to start with. That’s because this "heritage" range appeared to me as a cheap range by the brewery, but it is not. DuffMan (10610) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 26, 2009
Bottle, purchased at Regional Wine & Spirits in Wellington. Pours a clear dark brown with a rapidly receding tan head. Sweet aroma of coffee and burnt malt. Flavours of coffee and burnt malt, thinner than the Mike’s Mild we had earlier. Finish has a boxboard note. donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 29, 2009
Pours red/black with a tan head. Malty aroma with a hint of chocolate, weak aromas. Flavour is much stronger than the aromas imply. Full bodied roast malt chocolate flavours are mainly present, with some sweetness in the background. Better than expected, a bit thin finishing. But for $1.30 a bottle this is a very good beer. TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 22, 2009
Bottle, pours cola-like dark with a thin bubbly head. A good schwarzbier aroma - malty and chocolate, sweet but earthy. Dry and gravelly malt palate, flavours are mroe roasted than chocolate. Finishes clean and moreish. A good Schwarz.
beerledgend (1196) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - APR 3, 2006
Dark black in colour with thick white head. Choclate aroma but hint of chemicals.