Brewed by Speights Brewery (Lion Breweries - NZ)
Style: Porter
Dunedin, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.88/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
SPEIGHT’S® Old Dark is brewed with a unique five malt recipe, (Lager, Caramalt, Crystal, Chocolate and Roasted malts) to achieve a full bodied quality malt flavour. It’s deep mahogany colour promises fullness not found in ordinary beers.

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CapnStabbin's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CapnStabbin (14) - Wellington, - AUG 11, 2008
This beer tastes and looks delicious, but it would be better if it was 5%ABV. The best aspect of Speights Old Dark is how it always goes down smooth.

Grumbo (4101) - Ipswich, Suffolk, ENGLAND - OCT 2, 2017
Bottle in Auckland. Backlog rating from bottle collection and historic scoring. No tasting notes kept, just rating.

Bule (2272) - California, USA - FEB 16, 2017
12oz bottle pours a dark brown color with a bit of head. Chocolaty malt that tastes articulacy flavored. Not much other flavor.

explosivedog (1671) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 23, 2016
On tap at OGH. Aroma is a little sharp, some dried fruit. Taste is the same raisin notes with some coffee bitterness and a small herbal (rosemary?) twist. Perfectly drinkable, but nothing special.

TedE (1498) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 17, 2016
Pint on tap. Faint peppery nose. Dark red/black beer with solid foamy white head. Flat mouthfeel. Taste is smoky malts with a dry fruity chocolate metallic finish. Easy to drink but like Tui Dark claims 5 malts but has no depth of flavour. Drinkable but boring.

tombutlin (369) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 17, 2016
Yep, it is dark, like the label says. Pretty bland though and nothing to write home about. OK served at room temperatuve

Luvystypotables (2077) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 11, 2016
If you stop being a beer snob for a minute this is a decent beer, it has a nice aroma of malt and chocolate pours a dark brown slightly hazy with a lasting rich foam head. A pleasant taste of malt, with a hint of smoke and chocolate. Slightly sweet with a lighter body and a nice sweet chocolate finish.

GarrettGotu (9) - - JAN 8, 2016 does not count
Was once upon a time my favourite \ go to beer, however there are significantly better brews available. (And I discovered craft beer, so this little guy doesn?t really stand a huge chance)I would say rather sweet for a porter, roasted chocolate flavours, touch of coffee, molasses sweetness, probably one of the better beers you can get mainstream, but as I mentioned earlier, significantly better brews available.Will always be fond of the memories with this one. (First flat / my party beer of choice)

Ardi (32) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
Tastes just like Macs Black Mac (Porter). Try it and see? Neither drop however makes the grade as a true porter. Just black sticky swill with little head and a simple forgettable palate. Many better breweries out there producing traditional style porters with more complex flavours.

DylansDad (663) - North Shore, Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 29, 2015
Out of all the pigs’ swill low grade piss you could be pouring down your sub-par neck in New Zealand, this would be one of the ’better’ ones: its misfortune and wretchedness is covered by such a sticky layer of over-powering sweetness. However, I couldn’t see myself drinking more than one in a row.

k0mpsa (3111) - Tuusula, FINLAND - MAR 6, 2015
Tap at sudima hotel, christchurch nz. Almost black color, tanned head. Aroma is mainly malty, roasty. Light roasty body, smooth, sweet caramel notes.

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