ShaneJ (903) - AUSTRALIA - MAR 28, 2014 BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, - JAN 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours dark brownish ruby with a small tan head that disappears fairly quickly. Aroma is of roasted malt, cocoa, licorice and wood. Flavour is similar to the aroma with some hints of dark fruit. Thin, watery mouthfeel with very little carbonation and a short bitter finish. Not great.
Bottle from cellar door (October 2014). Dark brown-black, minimal off-white head, dry roastiness, coffee, brown sugar, medium bitterness, long dry finish, a bit light in body, but nice. KeefOz (1951) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
No BB found. Poured an opaque black with a mahogany red around the edges. The three-finger light tan foamy head diminished quickly and left a few sudsy lacings on the glass. Aroma of sweet fruits, (a bit unusual for a porter) and very faint molasses. Taste not follow the aroma - very strongly of roasted grain, a bit spicy, a trace of sweetness and a hint of coffee. Medium body. The smooth, soft, finish a bit of a let down but still a decent porter. MarkMaclean (49) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 13, 2013
Deep ruby red, little gas or head (which I like). Taste deep but clean, dark malts and nice lasting palate with chocolate and coffee flavours. Nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Bif (2391) - St. Charles, Missouri, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle- Pours a dark brown color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Mild aroma of malt, bit of toffee and a trace of coffee with some chocolate in the background. Taste of roasted malt, bit of caramel sweetness, and coffee with a bit of chocolate. Fairly medium body and smooth. nice balance. Decent beer nothing special but still enjoyable. jdpeebs (698) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
330ml Bottle.Dark coloured ale, low in carbonation with chocolate and coffee flavours and balanced with medium bitterness.Very nice.
jgb9348 (6583) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Crisp clear cola coloured body with a ridiculously thick tan head that shows a lot of glistening microbubbles - but huge for sure. Aroma of raisins, earthy malt, plums and prunes and a good dose of sugars tossed in the mix. Medium-bodied; Assertive plum and raisin flavour at first with a touch of tobacco and smoke with a touch of a meaty flavour at the end - all with some good sweetness and a little malty bite. Aftertaste shows more of the meaty and tobacco flavours than anything else, but some of the sweetness comes out as well. Overall, not such a great beer, but some interesting flavour combinations and a great way to celebrate an amazing Australian Open 2012 final between Nadal & Djokovic. I sampled this 33 cL bottle purchased from just down the street from Rod Laver Arena at Slowbeer in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 31-December-2009 for AU$3.50 sampled at home in Washington on 29-January-2012. Maris (1612) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 23, 2013 From a 330ml bottle on 20/7/2011. Pours dark with a medium head. Has a nice strong chocolate aroma with a dash of coffee. There’s more chocolate in the mouth, with some cherry and a mild roastiness. The carbonation is spot on. All up, this is a good, solid, well balanced porter. Rating 3.6.
Re-rate 23/7/2013. Not nearly as good as the in initial rating. The aroma and the flavour are quite subdued and the texture is a little thin. Just okay the second time around. RyansRatings (43) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 20, 2010
Pours beautifully. The densely packed head is slowly consumed by the gently fizzing deep brown beer in an almost Guinness like fashion. Soy, chocolate, and nutmeg on the nose. The palate straddles the line between light & medium bodied, the flavours gently reflect the nose. The lack of intensity ultimately is this beer’s downfall.
mkel07 (6546) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours dark brown to black and has a loosely packed brown foam that crackles as it settles. Roasted coffee bean and silky chocolate aromas. Warming dark flavours dance around the mouth and even the foam tastes good. Well put together and very enjoyable. hawthorne00 (4195) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - APR 12, 2010
Opaque dark brown with a decent tan head. Smells of mild roasted malt, cherries, hay and a little cheese. Taste has some roast malt, licorice and coffee. Thin body, short finish. Sharp carbonation. A bit between two stools - it has neither the gentle mouth-filling touch of lighter porters nor the bracing firmness of more roasty ones.