JoshRaburn (110) - - NOV 18, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
What a mouthful of a name. A little thin in body and very dry, but not terrible.
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 17, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a huge nose. Relatively light body and taste for a porter. Lots of crispness and some good kiwi hops coming through. Sadly a bit acidic for my taste, which is the risk of using dark malt
waiake (606) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured with a brief head & an enticing chocolate red wine malty aroma the taste was very similar a fine smooth blend of flavours with caramel malt fruit hops & spice very nice
beer-yum (1538) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2014 A decent example of the style that is a little light in taste but way lower in alcohol to match - which is not a bad trade off in the end.
Brodies_Best (269) - Auckland Central, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 3, 2013
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle pours cloudy dark yellow brown with off white yellow head. Oatmeal roasted malt aroma. banana taste with smokey woody aftertaste.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - NOV 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The head is medium, the body, brown, red, cloudy. It smells malty, yeasty, The taste is malty, fruity, yeasty, aromatic, bit hoppy, bit roasty in the aftertaste.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Slightly hazy rosy dark appearance with a skim of head. Aromas of dusty mark malts, carob, cocoa and cola, some date, muscatele grape and cinnamon. The aroma is surprisingly complex, but is the flavour? Actually, yes: mellow and plummy, with gentle spices with a slight barrel-like oaky diacetyl. Itís a little bit hard to button down, but nonetheless, a pleasant drop that is probably best savoured on a moody autumn evening with pumpkin gnocchi.
omega (900) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another good addition to the stable. Not as rich as the label promised, and ultimately doomed as people donít buy porters, this is a beer that does engage the senses. However not a session beer.
Cantabrian (1079) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 15, 2013
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown, with a creamy head. Aromas of rasperries and oranges, very fruity and deceiving, as there was no fruits to be found in the flavour, except for a sharp grapefruit bitterness. Malts, a touch of hickory smoke, chars, dry grains from an old silo, grass and straw. Woody and dusty dry. The palate is very thin, even watery. I put it as a Porter (accidentaly I did it 3x!) but maybe it is a Black IPA, given the grassy bitterness. This is not of my taste, although it could be a favourite of Black IPA aficionados.