Brewed by Waiheke Island Brewery
Style: Porter
Auckland, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.04/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
Rich and dark, yet surprisingly quenching. Brewed with a variety of dark roasted specialty malts to give a full range of flavours. Chocolate and coffee with maybe a hint of licorice. The hops used for both flavour and aroma are the famous East Kent Goldings, imparting a raisiny, fruitcake character to the palate and a warm spiciness to the finish.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
reviled (13) - Auckland, - FEB 19, 2009
Tasted at the brewery, dark with hints of red and a tan head. Smells of toasted malt with hints of chocolate. Taste is malty which is quickly followed by a roasty dryness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 18, 2017
(330ml bottle, BB 070117) Pours an opaque black body with a thick tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, chocolate, and dried dark fruit. Flavor of roasted malt, raisins, grass, chocolate, and licorice with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 1, 2015
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Relatively mild throughout, with light roasted coffee, hints of sweet chocolate, and faint bitterness. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 2, 2014
The head is ok, the body almost black. It smells coffee-chocolate, bit sour-plum, The taste is darkmalty, coffee-chocolate, bit sour-plum. Ok, easy drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
heyden (137) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 1, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2015 My experience seems a little different from others! Dark body with decent tan head. Spicy zesty sharp nose, then subtle roasty notes. Not what I was expecting! Strongly carbonated. Similarly astringent and sharp to taste. Doesn?t really have a full bodied taste, its rather light. Nice roasted taste coming through late. A surprising beer from the dark body to zesty citrus aroma to the initially sharp then roasted taste. Not an every day drink but very interesting! Retaste: none of the sharp or sourness, just a solid porter. (Perhaps the last batch was contaminated?). Not too heavy, easy drinking. Perfect for sumer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
KeefOz (1785) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - FEB 20, 2014
Tasted 7/2/2014. Draught at Waiheke Island Brewery, NZ. Poured a translucent deep ruby red colour with a light tan collar that produced poor lacing. Carbonation moderate with small bubbles. Aroma of nice sweet coffee dominates and not really anything else. Taste of sweet caramel malt, slight chocolate on the after-taste, and very slight bitterness. Light body, lighter that I was expecting. Smooth, light, clean with a long slightly bitter finish. More a dark lager that an ale or porter. Quite nice but a bit thin in the body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - JAN 24, 2013
Keg at the brewery 31/12/12
Dark ruby brown with fluffy tan head. Chocolate, fruity coffee and redcurrants on the nose. Medium mouthfeel with roast barley, dry coffee and a long malt finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
floydian1 (1433) - FNQ, Australia, - MAR 9, 2012
330ml Champagne style brown bottle purchased on Waiheke Island near Auckland NZ. Pours dark brown with a small tan head of minimal duration and lacing. Nose is sweet dark toasted malts with dark chocolate and mild coffee notes. Flavour is similar but there is a stronger than average hop bitterness to the finish (they now use NZ grown Styrian Goldings) which earns bonus points. Body is medium-light but with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BarossaLuke (552) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 7, 2009
Good looking dark ale, nice colour with a smallish head. Aroma is full of roasty chocolate and some coffe notes. There are some good roasty flavours too but it falls short here for me. The palate is thin and feeble which really lets this beer down. If there was some more weight and mouthfeel here this would be a very good beer. As it is, its just "alright".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2682) - JAPAN - SEP 11, 2009
Wonderful caramel nose. Unfortunately it all goes down hill from there. Thin, watery palate, stunted flavour of caramel and fruit. Quite a let down after my initial sniff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with a moderate tan cap. Roasty chocolate aroma. More chocolate than roast on the palate, with definite fruity undertones. Fairly light, but in no way watery, with a dry mildly bitter finish. A nice little porter.

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