Temptress Chocolate Porter - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Temptress Chocolate PorterTemptress Chocolate Porter

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.87%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-12-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of laituegonflable
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown. Just brown when held up to the light, but mostly black. Impenetrable head is ochre, thin film and unevenly sunk with lovely tight lace. Damn fine porter. I like the colour especially. Could just use more head. But then, couldn't we all?

Oh, mega chocolatey on the nose, with lovely sweet and roasty balance. A large vanilla aroma blends with milk chocolate. Hits all the right notes, without falling into the easy trap of being too sweet.

Taste is pretty nice as well. Starts with fairly strong cocoa with a slight bitterness. Blooms wonderfully into a rich, sweet chocolatey flavour. Lots of milk chocolate and a hint of espresso giving a mocha edge I guess. Quite sweet late-mid, a bit lactic and slightly over the top but just slightly. Otherwise a beautifully sweet and dark drop, just a big mélange of sexy chocolate. I would definitely rub this all over my body, if I were so inclined to rub beer all over my body.

Fairly good body. Doesn't quite cover the carbonation here, which is pretty unnecessary. The achilles' heel of this drop. Could use a nitro-widget to be perfectly honest, smooth out the edges.

Beautiful beer. It's a cracker.

Photo of Macca
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours deep black with a very slight beige head which doesn't hang around for long.

Did someone say chocolate? More than just a dash of the Dutch cocoa I expect. An aroma of sweet goodness. None of the vanilla is evident.

Wonderful chocolate bitterness on the palate. A little bit of coffee in there and a touch of the vanilla right at the back.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation. Good length.

Loved it. I'll be revisiting often.

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm... smells like dark baking chocolate, brownie mix.

Tastes like brownie batter; rich, bittersweet, viscous, delicious! Just in time, as if cued, a nice roasting coffee flavor smooths it all out. A touch of earthiness, a pinch of heaven. It's not just a another "chocolate" beer, it's a "chocolatey" porter that makes use of it's flavors in moderation rather than a cloying fetishism. Balance and proportion make this porter work.

This beer really scratched the itch I was having; a semi-bittersweet-tooth.

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of danieelol
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of DocDownUnder
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a snifter.

A-Deep black/brown with a 1cm tan head.

S-Chocolate, sweet chocolate, a bit of molasses, and brown sugar.

Taste-Wow, sweet to bittersweet chocolate through the whole mouth. Finishing with a light bitterness that seems more from the roasted malt than any kind of hop bitter.

M-Smooth, a bit more carbonation would have been nice--this would be amazing on nitro, probably close to Left Hand's Milk Stout.

O-Great beer, wonderful taste, but not a fake chocolate. Would definitely buy this again.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney. For all appearances this was nitrogen pumped, so I've put that as the serving type.

And indeed, the appearance is amazing. The body is extremely thick and rich; a lovely deep ebony black colour, with a clear delineation between it and the creamy and fine beige head. Must be off nitro-tap, I've never seen such a creamy head from any other. Lacing is amazing. It's a truly extraordinary looking beer.

Lots of chocolate on the nose, with a subtle but noticeable dabble in roasted bitterness. Creamy and smooth characters, sweet vanilla and a little cherry essence. Lovely.

Chocolate on the palate, incredibly smooth but with a lightness that leavens it slightly. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick: just awesome. It's so creamy and delectable. The dark chocolate tends towards big roasted grains but doesn't quite get there, leaving it supple and soothing.

This is an absolutely lovely drop of beer. So smooth, so drinkable and so delectable. On tap, it's fantastic. In my opinion, it's one of the best brews Australia has done in recent times, and proof that Australia's craft beer scene is burgeoning.

Photo of juju7
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally got around to trying!
What a great chocolate nose. Very inticing and well balanced with some soft roasted malt aromas.

Silky smooth and soft on the palate. Chocolate comes through loud and proud in a great way. Carbonation is spot on, finishes long, slightly sweet but mostly smooth. Enjoyed with left over easter eggs, great stuff.

Photo of Cs1987
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pretty much black, but a little less opaque than most porters. Poured one finger of head which reduced too quickly.

Smell - Strong, with odours of chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.

Taste - Probably the most chocolatey beer I've ever tried. This will appeal to porter fans with a sweet tooth, but is a little lacking in flavour aside from the chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light, very smooth.

Drinkability - Anyone who can handle Imperial Stouts will find this very drinkable.

Overall - This beer might work well as an introduction to dark beers for someone who loves chocolate. Seasoned beer drinkers will also appreciate this as a beer with few faults.

Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Yodo
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very dark brown coloured beer poured into a pint glass with a few centimetres of beige head that slowly falls away.
S - Sweet chocolate & roasted notes dominate the smell. The vanilla is there but is very subtle.
T - Again chocolately on the taste with a sweetish caramel taste also coming through. A very vauge vanilla hint also in the taste.
M - Smooth, medium bodied with a pretty low carbonation. Slightly roasty chocolate taste lingers.
D - A good beer that I'll be drinking again.

Photo of MordeciaFunk
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jbowers56
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tiny head. Poured this fairly aggressively but still barely any head.

Nose is of milk chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits and maybe some mocha notes.

Rich malt flavours prevail in the taste. Heaps of roasted malts - chocolate and coffee, some dark fruits a tiny bit of bitterness. A good porter.

Mouthfeel is a little thinner than I expected but its perfectly ok.

Edit: Had it on tap, was much better. Chocolate notes were much richer - dark bittersweet cocoa in the nose with creamy-sweet self saucing pudding and cocoa hits coming through in the taste. Changing my scores.

Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black colorwith a small head and no lacing.

S: Aroma of chocolate, dark fruit and roasted malt.

T: Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, some dark fruit with a bit of coffee. Mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Character evolves as it warms.

O: Nicely balanced. Good beer to finish th day with.

Photo of dgilks
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black with a small, creamy tan head. Poor head retention.

Milk chocolate, a hint of liquorice, some roast and moderate fruity esters. A rich, fruity aroma.

Like the aroma this is quite complex. Chocolate, roast and some liquorice come through. Fruity notes are good. Nice lingering finish.

Fairly full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and silky.

A tasty, flavourful porter. Perfect for winter.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 3.0
Pours a thin beige head that quickly all but disappeared over a solid black body.

Smell - 4.0
Rather sweet and chocolatey aroma; cocoa, chocolate syrup and vanilla. Might sound sickly, but nice and appropriate for the style.

Taste - 4.0
A very interesting combination of flavours. Sweetish with malty flavours of burnt toast, cocoa and dark chocolate. Moderate to assertively bitter, much of this coming from hops as well as roasted grain. A little dark fruit, vanilla and peppery alcohol comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Less body than expected, but this only serves to improve drinkability. Lightly carbonated with fine bead, giving a smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Something I'll definitely be drinking again, could become a winter favourite. Could score higher if not for the obvious alcohol.

OVERALL - 3.8
A good beer, and an interesting variation of the style. Sweeter, more hopped and stronger than a traditional porter, less roasty than a stout. Tasty regardless, would go well with chocolate based desserts. Better head retention would have resulted in a score of 4, which I think would be a better reflection of the class of this beer.

Photo of ADZA
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a jet black colour that leaves no head with minimal carbonation,it smells of pure rich cocoa,coffee and hints of vanilla,and on taste the rich cocoa,chocolate flavours are dominant with a subtle coffee taste in the background and it goes down very,very smooth indeed,i have never tasted a beer with such a dominant cocoa taste such a beautiful dessert beer that i will be buying again.

Photo of dansmcd
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thin, tan head receding to a collar almost instantly. Very dark brown, almost black in the body.

S - As advertised, chocolate at the forefront. Backed by coffee and treacle.

T - Powdered dark chocolate, coffee, caramel and vanilla.

M - Moderate body and carbonation.

O - A nice, after dinner beverage with or for dessert.

Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Poupae
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Temptress Chocolate Porter from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.