CurlyJoe (243) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 20, 2016
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2016 Pours a cloudy dark brown with thin head that dissipates quickly. Sweet, caramel aroma with some backend apple. Initially quite acidic to taste with a little sourness that builds as more apple comes out as well as some malt. Really tasty beer! wlajwl (6815) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017
Aroma is sweet caramel, apples and slightly nutty/earthy. The flavor is apples, caramel, malts, mild smokiness and a very tart/slightly earthy finish. hawthorne00 (3955) - 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]davidm (2080) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 12, 2010
[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.
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. NBird (626) - Perth, West Australia, AUSTRALIA - FEB 7, 2016
Looks.. Deepest of browns, lively med latte colour head, large lacing.
Smells..rich apple juice, earthy, lots of malt characters.
Tastes..slightly tart, dark apples, the more roasted malts are coming through.. Slightly charred barrel aspect too. Loved it.
DuffMan (10436) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 21, 2007
Another awesome Tassie craft brewer whose products were happily available nearly everywhere we stopped on our Tassie journey. This beer in particular seemed popular in several of the more upscale restaurants we ate at. I happened to have mine on tap in an english pub on wellington street in Hobart, but had it in bottle as well afterward. It pours a dark rootbeer brown, slightly hazy with a thin dense off-white head generating scanty lace. On tap this was VERY chocolatey, but less so from the bottle, and both had a pleasant figgy fruit note in the finish (I didn’t get the apple juice thing that other raters have experienced-- maybe they fixed the recipe?). Medium bodied-- a terrific porter. Brenhophead (695) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 19, 2012
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 (486) - 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. Muggus69 (2494) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2016
500mL bottle from Beer Exchange. Bottled 13 AUG 16
Lovely bronzed beer, light tan head holds.
Good dark malt presence on the nose to start off - dark brown sugar, treacle, biscuit, roast nuts & licorice, leafywith some cooked/stewed apple & bit of balsamic, barnyardy, damp funk in the works.
Interesting texture - partially chewy, yet tart, dry, well attenuated, yet full bodied to an extent.
Apple comes through a bit more on the palate - roasted, stewed, bruised, not fresh - browned toffee & toast & slight nutty sort of malt with undertones of licorice leading onto aged balsamic & damp wooden stable floor sort of notes. Dry, moderate acidity to finish.
If the Forester is the equivalent of a Flemish red, this is like an Oud Bruin - lovely really. eczematic (1325) - Adelaide, AUSTRALIA - JAN 9, 2007
top class porter! very impressive. piano colour with the ivories on top, no black keys. good head ret once again. aroma has lovely blend of dark malts, chocolate, coffee, etc, mellow and inviting, with just a hint of apples (but only if you look for it) - no "dark malted apple beer" here. flavour is classic round coffee porter flavours with .... the weirdest finish of apple juice. not cider, not crab apples, not even toffee apples, just apple juice. i think this is an idea worth exploring but it just makes a good beer watery at the moment. hmm, maybe need a few more to decide. still, full marks for adventurousness.