Brewed by Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Style: Porter
Napier, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Bold flavours of toffee, burnt caramel, coffee and chocolate, characterise this dark ale. Brewed with five malts in 18th-century london style. it has an extended maturation process and robust flavours.

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mountdad (7) - Mount Maunganui, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 20, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2017 Bottle 330ml Ibis Auckland hotel bar. Pours very dark brown with mahogany colour to the light, small white head that fades quickly. Fancy bottle like mini brandy type. Mild aroma, well carbonated and tastes clean, malty with little hops. Little of the promised chocolate coffee or toffee. By the end of the glass it seems like an inoffensive Porter but in no way memorable. Barely adequate or barely inadequate. There are definitely better NZ Porters out there.

Skarecrow (928) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2017
500ml bottle from Liquorland Napier. Black color with slight head. Roasted malt aroma. Mild bitterness with roasted malt palate. OK porter.

DuffMan (10664) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 22, 2017
Bottle. Clear, deep mahogany hue, finely bubbled light brown head. Aroma is brown bread and cocoa. The palate delivers the same in flavours, with predominant cola sweetness, and underlying dough and nut notes. Tannic peanut skin dryness in the finish. Thin mouthfeel. A bit odd for a porter, as it lacks both body and roast. I must comment on the bottle-- it is really quite striking in design, with a handsome etched glass emblem at the base of the neck. If only the quality of the beer held up to the quality of the packaging.

reebtogi (6378) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2016
330ml bottle pours almost black in color with a finger of tan head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is light toasted grains with chocolate and herbal notes. Taste is a herbal hop bitterness with a caramel and chocolate malty sweetness. Light bodied with average carbonation. Overall, this brew is too light bodied and lacks the bold flavours associated with this style. Mediocre porter at best.

GoufCustom (2170) - HONG KONG - FEB 18, 2016

330ml green bottle bought at YATA in MOKO, Mong Kok.

Clear blackish brown colour; Three-quarter finger head with beige foam which fades in 40 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with active slight carbonation; Fragrant and sweet aroma of dark malt, with fair roastyness, strong toffee, caramel, strong cream, coffee, light chocolate, sugar, faint dark fruits, yeast and faint grass; Close to light sweet taste of dark malt, with fair roastyness, caramel, light toffee, Cola, very light chocolate, Molasses notes, light bread, yeast, faint lemon, very light bitter hops and very light grass; Close to light body. Slick palate; Mouth Feel is fair dark maltyness in a light but slightly thick body. Roastyness is threadbare. Only some caramel to pop up the otherwise empty Cola taste. Very little chocolate and no coffee at all. Sweetness is minimal. Dry and bready with minimal lemon to end. Blah!... Hoppiness is faint grass in nose. Faint lemon and very light grass in taste; Bitterness is very low for an abrupt, almost non- astringent Cola-bready finish; Fairly dry after taste. Very easy and slightly bitter to mouth.

Comments: For a 4% Porter, it has pretty promising aroma in strong toffee and coffee cream, but taste-wise, it’s a typical 4% - empty Cola with non-deScript low roastyness, almost devoid of any dark beer tastes. It’s not bad, it’s just feel like drinking a harmless exercise. Too lightweight for me!

Andrus86 (692) - Busselton, WA, AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2015
BOTTLE. Poured a cola black with solid cream head.. Dark malts on the nose, some smoke? Assortment of dark, choc & coffee malts blended together with a good creamy finish.. Sourced Rosco

beer4eternity (226) - Tauranga, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2014
On tap as the WHANGAMOMONA REPUBLIC DARK ALE at the Whangamomona Hotel. (Katie from the Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery tells me that Whangamomona Republic Dark Ale is the same beer as the Black Duck porter). I really liked this beer and am wondering now if beer always tastes much better when I’m on holiday! Rich ruby brown hue with small diminishing coffee crema head and delicate lacing. Delicious whisky peat toasted roasted malt, wood oil, liquorice,leather, coffee and especially chocolate aromas. Possibly some of those aromas may have been environmental rather than from the beer. Nicely balanced moderate bitterness and sweetness. Tingly carbonation, medium body, mildly oily texture, long dry finish.

jujumaries (17) - FRANCE - JUL 19, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2014 Nice beer, not too strong in porter flavor. But tast is also a bit weak. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy

heyden (138) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
Nice roasty aroma. That’s where it stops really. Translucent brown body. Thin bodied, light roasted taste. Not a lot else going on. Heavily carbonated. Bland! Good as an introductory porter I suppose

hoploader (11) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 29, 2014
This is one of my favorite beers, not overly heavy beer with a good balance of roast choc and caramel flavors

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