smith4498 (3673) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
Pours dark reddish brown color with huge tan head. Roasted malt aroma with a hint of sourness. Slightly sour flavor with some roastiness. Lots of carbonation, thin to medium body. Possibly infected. Suttree (6504) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Not a gusher, so it’s got that goin’ for it. Clear brownish red and a huge loos head. Actually kinda wimpy looking, for a porter. Toasted rye bread and coffee aroma. Flavor is more coffee and rye, with some creamy notes. I was not overwhelmed, but I was not underwhelmed. I was whelmed. nearbeer (5601) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2010
33cl. Fukkin gusher. Opaque with a lasting disc of creamy bubbles. Nose of coffee, marshmallow, and buttered popcorn. Flavor is chocolate and caramel, with some ashes, burnt popcorn, lemon, butter, and a hint of cantaloupe. Medium body is well-balanced, a bit too fizzy, and lightly chalky. Beerlando (3343) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
330ml bottle, about as fresh as we can get it here in the States (which is to say "I have no idea how long this sat on a shipping container"). The pour yields a mostly clear, dark, mahogany colored body with a tall, billowing head of fat-bubbled froth. Settling slowly, it forms a rocky, clumpy mess on the surface, coating the glass with sticky honeycomb lacing all the way. Upon the first whiff, it is apparent that something is off. Amidst subdued, chalky cocoa and dry caramel malts is what is most certainly an unintentionally tart rye twang. There’s a bit of an overzealous lacto-grainy thing going on that, I’m afraid, clouds the original intention of the beer. Flavors follow suit, dry and clearly overly attenuated for a porter, seemingly void of any rich chocolate or caramel roast, and rife with tart rye grain notes. Confirmed....it’s infected. The palate proves this true, as the dry, parching consistency has been thinned considerably, and overly active carbonation assaults the tongue. Not good in the least bit. I almost feel bad for rating it, but if the brewer finds it within their capability to ship this half way across the world, and I rated it as fresh as I could get it, I feel like they should take responsibility for their product. Maybe one day I’ll make it to New Zealand to try it from the source. mkel07 (6385) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - SEP 12, 2010
330ml bottle. Black flecked with copper highlights and a full rich creamy head that settles nicely. Malty chocolate aromas fill the nose with a tart bitter chocolate flavour that is strong and lingers on the palate.
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2010
330 ml bottle
Aroma: doughy yeast and chocolate (mild)
Appearance: darkish brown, not clear, small head and thin even lacing;
Taste: Sour, slightly bitter;
Palate: dry, medium bodied, slightly fizzy, a touch astringent;
Overall: Not really a memorable beer.
davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Bottle 330ml. Interesting beer. Aroma of apple, citrus, and caramel. Taste is sour, with average duration. Velvety palate, and medium body. Dark brown, with a frothy white head. deyholla (12205) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a clear deep brown with a slight red hue and a large tan head that dissipates rather slowly. Aroma is full of sweet roasted malts with caramel and coffee. Flavor is a bit more tame with roasted malts and coffee with a bit of underlying caramel. hawthorne00 (4111) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours like Coke, down to a fizzy head that dissipates completely. Aroma has some light roast, stewed prunes, raisins, vanilla, smoke and chocolate. Has some stewed fruity sweetness and cocoa/ coffee bitterness with some citrus as well as drying roastiness at the end. Distractingly carbonated mouthfeel that a good swirl or two didn’t dent much. Interesting flavours, but didn’t quite gel for me. Perhaps there were issues with this bottle. BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 17, 2010
Bottle. Dark coppery brown pour with a foamy tan head that lasts a little while. Aroma is quite roasty and slightly sour with notes of caramel, smoke, dark fruits, coffee and oak. Flavour is very similar to the aroma but the sourness is a lot more pronounced, as well as the smokeiness, plus there are additional notes of citrus and a hint of vinegar. Light, slightly slick mouthfeel with high carbonation and a lingering sour, roasty, woody finish. Really interesting beer, quite different and complex but very tasty and compelling.