Tasted Tuesday 3 September 2009. 500ml bottle, 5.4% Alc/Vol
This is a very good, serious porter. I would put this in the “session” class (for dark beers) as it slips down rather too easily. The colour is suggestive of a rich full bodied beer, dark brown with copper edges and a fairly dense head.
The aromas are complex and pleasing. There is a pleasant malty, roasted nuttiness (that reminds me of walking past those mobile chestnut roasting carts you often see on Elizabeth St) with chocolate, smokey and meaty (bacon) characters.
Rich, medium to full bodied and velvety on the palate with chocolate, charry woodiness, walnut, meaty/vegemite yeastiness and a dry hoppy bitterness that builds at the end leaving a pleasant lingering flavour. The good thing about this beer is that it has rich sweet malt character but not too much. Highly recommended.