Townshend HMís Black Strap Brewerís Reserve

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Brewed by Townshend Brewery
Style: Porter
Upper Moutere, Nelson, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.78/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Rich dark and complex, this delicious Porter is creamy, chocolaty and malty, with a hint of espresso.
Won Best in Class at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2013
Silver at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2013
Silver at the Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards 2012

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5693) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2016
Bottle from Queens Plaza Beer & Wine 010416. This is a really great porter and being only 4.5% it is one you could easily drink a lot of. Looks dark and foreboding when poured into the glass but is actually quite thin bodied. The flavours really fill the mouth with licorice vanilla and chocolate. Smooth and decadent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 2, 2015
Bottle served around 8c. Pours a clear, very dark brown with a lasting dark tan head. Fruity aromas of banana, cherry, and strawberry hit first. Followed quickly by chocolate, burnt sugar, and hints of tobacco. The flavour is decidedly less complex with berry fruit sweetness and hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel starts thin but grows heavy in the finish along with a bitter chocolate flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (23631) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Cask handpull at Pomís. dark variegated amber brown color, thick tan head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of black bread dipped in espresso. Taste is coffee grounds. Extremely light body detracts from an otherwise tasty beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cantabrian (1102) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 HMís Back Strap: the flashy silvery label is rather difficult to read, as all details get lost amidst the reflections. Not to worry, because this is from Townshendís, the makers of that delicious Townshendís No. 9 Stout. Well, itís Her Majestyís Black Strap. Iím not sure what it is, but they are certainly not referring to anything kinky about the Queen of Jordan. Itís certainly QEII, so thereís nothing to be too excited about. Iím sure Her Majesty would love it. This beer is absolutely delightful. Deeeeeep dark chocolate, but not black, with a reasonable sand-coloured head. Creamy, chocolaty and malty, with some espresso in it, but not too much of a coffee attitude, just as well. The palate is long-lasting, with a dry finish. They call it Porter, but Iíd say itís as Stout. As if! Perfectly crafted black ale, anyway. If aliens landed around the corner, this is what I would give to them to say "Itís beer! And it has our Queenís name on it!" I know itís rather offensive to say that, but I am pleasantly surprised by this special edition. Hoping to get some more of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 11, 2012
This was supplied to me by a learned off-sider, so I have no idea of the availability, which is sad because I would to go back for seconds of this enormously likeable beer. A little bit of hazy in what was a deep-chocolate to blackish beer. A lot clearer that I thought a porter should be, more dark ale. However it smelt of rich chocolate, caramel and a dash of light espresso and drunk the same. It left a lingering impression of having taken a bite of something made by Whittakers without being overly sweet. Just a tasty, tasty beer and one I would happily revisit over and over

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