Niksko (634) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 11, 2014
Pours a very dark brown with some very fine tan head. Nose is slightly roasty, with a little apple cider aroma, slight damp mustiness. A little aromatically challenged. The flavor however is a punch in the face. Bright, sharp acid, some proper French cider flavor, very tangy mid palate, and a slightly dusty finish. There’s a hint of roasted malt on the finish, but just barely. Not at all a porter, although according to the label it’s been over a year since this beer was bottled. Perhaps the sourness has developed in that time. Interesting, but not particularly complex. A better balance between the porter flavors (or lack thereof) and the sourness of the apples would have made this exceptional. Pyobon (1530) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2014
(Bottle - as Dark Apple Ale - apparently six different barley malts and 20% apple juice) Clear mahogany brown with tan head. Refreshing aroma with notes of scrumpy cider, lambic, maybe white wine vinegar, and as it warmed up some dark roast malt notes. Medium body with plenty of pleasant carbonation. Taste is good although rather unusual, mixing two styles - a tart scrumpy and dark ale with roasted malts. The taste balance is very much towards the cider with pleasant acidity and apple cider dominating, especially in the foretaste, although there is also some malty sweetness just apparent. The chocolatey, toasty malt flavours develop in the mid palate and persist into the finish, however they are rather in the background. As the beer warmed up, the balance shifted somewhat with the porter characteristics coming forward more. An enjoyable, unusual drink - to me, more a fruit beer than a porter. Bygers (1185) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle 0,5l. Pours a hazy brown colour with a great foamy head that leaves a nice lacing. Aroma of grainy and dark malts. Flavours of apple, lambic style bitterness. It has tartness notes to it. A little hint of caramel. A bit too watery for the style.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Maris (1611) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - MAY 31, 2012
From a 500ml bottle on 31/5/2012 (vintage 19 Dec 11, filled to bottle 5 Mar 12, bottle number 413, labelled ’Dark Apple Ale’). Pours a cloudy dark amber with a small head. Has a slight sweet, fruity, skunky aroma. The flavour is all tart apple, with a distinct long sourness overwhelming the slight sweetness at the beginning. Has some salt, vinegar and vinous notes. Has quite a bit of flavour but it’s not particularly pleasant. mkel07 (6545) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 2, 2012
330ml bottle. Very dark in colour, almost looks like the colour of tea, with a slight light brown head. The aroma is modest, as is the flavour. Very flat tasting and I am not sure where the apple fits into the mix.
Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
Earlier Rating: 9/27/2009 Total Score: 2.7
500ml bottle. Thick and tar like in appearance. Coal black with a coffee coloured thin foam head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee & toffee. Sour taste that overwhelms the underlying bitter coffee flavoyur.
330ml bottle from the brewery while i was on holiday in Tas. Pours almost black.. a deep red when held to the light with a creamy beige head and nice lacing. Is has the sweet aroma of apple and dark malts very nice. The taste initially has dark malt characters and then the zesty sort of sourness kicks in from the apple that they add. It had a very unique flavour i have never in my life had a beer like this. I was told at the brewery that they actually add apple juice after ferment and then add a champagne yeast for a secondary ferment, so i guess it is sort of a dark ale cross with a cider and the ratio is something like 70% beer, 20% cider and 10%champagne? I cant say I’m a huge fan of cider or champagne although i am enjoying this beer cheers 2mt and thank you for thinking outside the square =) mickmac (491) - Ngunnawal, AUSTRALIA - FEB 6, 2012
Bottle. Clear red brown body with a large tan head. Medium to high carbonation. Aroma: sweet with dry spices. Taste- sourness, cherries, fruit with a balanced bitter-swet finish. Light to medium bodied. Davros (3338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2010
Pours black, some brown highlights, small head.
Nose shows lovely chocolate and nutty malt with sweet caramel underneath.
Similar flavours, but sweet apples start to overwhelm. A bit too tangy to mix with the other characters.
Carbonation is moderately high, nice.
Get rid of the apple juice and this could be quite good, the roasted and tangy flavours don’t mix well. davidm (2081) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
Tap. Surprising. Aromas of apple, and grain. Taste is sweet and sour, with average duration. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark brown, with a head that doesn’t last. hawthorne00 (4188) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 26, 2009
UPDATED: APR 10, 2017 [12/09] This is down near the Brown Ale/ Porter border. Numbered bottle (406)! Pours black, dense beige head. Subtle aroma: chocolate, orchard flowers. Chocolatey with some sourness but no bite from (I guess) the apples. Creamy mouthfeel, cleaned up at the end by sourness and gentle hops reminiscent of a dark lager. If this were more assertive it would be kind of a mess, but it’s quite mild in both flavour and aroma and that restraint pays off. Original and good. [3.8]
[9/10] Bottle. Dark brown with a lasting beige head. Chocolate, coffee and apple blossoms - although once you know there’s apple juice in there it smells more of fresh juice. Mild roast, chocolate and just-sour apple taste with nice balancing earth/grass hop bitterness that lingers. It’s curious (and good) that the apples have a tenor-note sourness rather than an overt tartness. A very intriguing drop. [3.8]
[2/11] Bottle. Older or a different batch? In this one the tart apples have taken over and there’s just a hint of chocolate and roast under real and slightly funky sourness. More spice than grass in the finish, too. Interesting, but not much like a porter at all this time.
[7/14] Seems settled as a deliberately sour beer now - nothing porter-like about it. No separate apple flavours either. Usually very good, always interesting.
[4/17] Aug 2016 bottle Very low carbonation, almost no head. Very gentle sourness, some bracken. Neither chocolate nor apple are obvious. Could do with just a little more presence. Seems more like a sour brown Flemish beer than before. Leaving score as is, but this is very lovely indeed. A tonic.