AntonyWilson (363) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 7, 2017
340ml Bottle: Pours a jet black with thin tan head. Lacing. Sweet sherry notes with big chocolate aromas. Big chocolate flavours with some liquorice notes as well. Slightly sweet, missing the caramel flavours. Bitterness is medium, astringency from the dark malt. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Overall, an interesting beer that i quite like, however, not a porter. ERB92 (739) - Bergen, NORWAY - MAY 30, 2017
Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dried fruits, licorice and and a hint of smoke. Brown to black with a tan head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a lively to average carbonation. Overall this is a perfectly OK beer, but the thin body and the high carbonation level ruins the overall impression of it. BeerLieutenant38 (97) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - MAY 6, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2017 Dark, typical porter colour with white head. Hint of coffee on the nose with a mere suggestion of smokiness. both aroma and flavour are a bit thin. Watery mouthfeel. Very light for a porter. hrabren (1186) - Zagreb, CROATIA - APR 20, 2017
Huge thanks to Goran for bringing this bottle from South Africa. Shared with him and Višnja 666. Dark brown with minimal off-white head. Roasty, dry figs. Light dry taste. Watery, very light, medium body, soft carbonation. Nice aroma, but very light though. reebtogi (6267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 3, 2017
340ml bottle pours a dark brown colour with a finger of white head that leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is chocolate with some light roasted grains and hints of coffee. Taste is a chocolate malty sweetness with a light roasted grain and coffee bitterness. Light to medium bodied with mild carbonation. Overall, a bit on the thin side for the style and lacking in character. Still, a drinkable brew, but not porter like enough.
Tim Webb (443) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2017
340 ml bottle at Ginja in Cape Town. A mere 5.5% alcohol by the time I tried it and nowhere close to 50 IBU. Smoked malt in the aroma but not the taste. Nice-looking and decent tasting red-brown beer but only a little bit portery, not particularly Irish and not really smoked. theSlipperyPen (285) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2016
Cola brown beer with a bitter thin malt taste and not enough dark fruits to keep to the porter style. Really wanted to like this one but am disappointed. It’s got a strange ash or sour edge that doesn’t do it any good - and I know that stale taste is a characteristic of porter but this is something else. I love porter and really hope South Africa will one day offer this most traditional of London styles, but this doesn’t do it. zarathustra10 (7) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2016 does not count
Did not find it very smokey and and still a bit light in taste and palate, but represents a good stage in the progression of South African dark beers. kleurlingbier (8) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 15, 2016 does not count
Dark brown, almost brown river water. deep chocolate, medium toffee, smokey and burned. bit thin on the body. AtronSeige (1535) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 22, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 28, 2017 Aroma: Medium chocolate, light molasses.
Appearance: Clear, dark brown body. Small, light-brown head with low retention.
Flavour: Medium-light molasses, chocolate. Medium-light bitterness. Light floral hops. Dry finish with lingering light roast.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation, smooth.
Overall: The smoke is missing. The chocolate is very nice, but the beer needs more roastiness.
340 ml bottle, poured.
32A. Classic Style Smoked Beer
13C. English Porter