Temptress Chocolate Porter - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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2.2/5 rDev -41.2%
Brew from BobbyHeenan. Cheers!
From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed with Dutch cocoa and vanilla beans
APPEARANCE: Clear brown pour produces a one finger, loose, crackly, cream colored head with lousy retention. Head quickly fizzes down to nothing really. Looks flat rather quickly. Clear dark brown body with no carbonation. Finishes flat.
SMELL: Dark malts, chocolate malt, light vanilla and caramel on the nose. Cocoa and sweet creamy as well. Bold enough.
TASTE: Quite empty really. Not much up front at all. Light cocoa perhaps but that's reaching perhaps. Some light chocolate, burnt malts and a touch of sweet cream lingers after the swallow. Slightly metallic finish isn't all that enjoyable. A plastic, metallic flavor accompanied by stale chocolate lingers and lingers long after the swallow.
PALATE: Thinner body and higher levels of carbonation. Bubbly on the palate, goes down airy and finishes slightly sticky. Too light and bubbly, unfortunately.
OVERALL: Not my cup of tea. The look was rather lousy, while the metallic, plastic, artificial and stale chocolate didn't really do it for me either. The thin and bubbly body didn't help the situation either. Thanks again for the box Bobby. They can't all be winners.
07-08-2014 09:45:51 | More by Jeffo
2.85/5 rDev -23.8%
Pours one finger head - with a Godalmighty high pour! Dissapears quickly, little lacing.
Aromas of - not much - sad.
Taste is quite restrained - some chocolate, malts, a little bitterness and ashtray - but not a huge amount, understated all round. Where is the sweetness?
Mouthfeel is quite light. With a 6% ABV I would have expected more warmth, but no.
Overall OK - not quite what I was expecting from an 'Aus top beer'... tho did improve as it warmed.
07-30-2011 11:31:54 | More by heygeebee
2.88/5 rDev -23%
On tap at the Local Taphouse St Kilda - Feb 2012
Pours a very dark brown with a very enticing, creamy-chocolate head.
Straight up I get the prominent coffee and dark(bitter) chocolate notes. Dark malt is king in this wiff. I don't get any of the advertised vanilla.There is a dark fruit hint as the beer warms - prunes/raisin.
Initial taste is not promising, Hops take an expected back seat in this beer, leaving the bitterness to do its thing in a restrained way - though it does linger in the aftertaste. Possibly too much on the IBUs in this take. As it warms, it almost becomes too much.
Coffee and chocolate notes are back in the taste but extremely restrained. All of the above smacked with a shovel by the absolute thinness in mouthfeel! The more I drink the more I am distracted by the extremely thin, almost watery quality about the beer. By the last mouthful, there is bare minimum flavour and plenty of lip smacking to clear the palate.
Overall, not a fan of this particular beer. Whether it was a conscious decision to create a thin beer, I won't know. But it seems they went out intending to create a lucious chocolate porter, and a dark-malt flavoured light beer came out the other end. Disappointing considering the ABV.
03-03-2012 10:25:36 | More by Toffman
3/5 rDev -19.8%
It’s good to drink a chocolate-based beer that actually has a fair whack of chocolate character running through the palate. Dark chocolate kicks in very nicely, particularly in the back palate, but does need to fit a little against some fizz and an otherwise non descript porter base beer. No doubt will appeal to the ladies!
07-30-2011 11:16:57 | More by Stew41
3.05/5 rDev -18.4%
Bottle from Beer Deluxe. Hope this goes better than tap.
A - Pours black with a two finger khaki head. Good carbonation coming up. Spotty lace and a film of retention.
S - A bit of roast with a good amount of chocolate.
T - Roasty, burnt toast, dark chocolate is mild and some coffee. Not nearly as much chocolate as you'd expect. It's there but not so strong.
M - Good carbonation, medium body and a mildly chocolatey finish.
O/D - I don't buy into this beer's hype at all. Whatever chocolate they want to come out here clearly isn't working for them. Not bad, but certainly what you'd expect.
04-14-2012 12:27:39 | More by tbeckett
3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
Bottle: quality solid brown 330mL bottle, typically funky Holgate label - I like it.
Appearance: the body is quite thick, very dark brown leading to black. A very thin tan head hangs about for quite a time. Nice.
Aroma: heavy cocoa, roast coffee and some sweet chocolate on the nose. A reasonably rich aroma for a porter, which is a nice change. There's some more light fruit over the top - grapes or cherry.
Taste: heavy chocolate up front, with heavy fruits backing up and a definite cocoa-and-coffee bitterness over the top. The only problem I can see is that the flavour is not very strong at all, if anything it seems too demure - a bit wishy-washy almost.
Aftertaste: that coffee bitterness hangs about, but not much else. Not a great aftertaste.
Mouth feel: quite solid and creamy in body with lower to moderate carbonation. Helps the beer slide down nicely.
Overall: not a bad beer at all - at least it's well made and has all the right flavours across the profile. It is very coffee though which is not my thing, and a little demure. Too expensive at full price - AU$110 a case of 24 (2013).
07-20-2013 09:51:02 | More by SmashPants
3.45/5 rDev -7.8%
330 ML poured into a tulip Bottled 12/14/09
A-- Poured a dark cola color and settled black with small tints of red on the bottom and sides of the glass. One finger brown sugar head that quickly falls off. On swirling get a two finger head that quickly fades to film. No lacing. Looks more carbonated than it should but also very typical of Aussie porters and stouts to be more carbonated.
S-- Sweet chocolate brownie. A little bit of cherry and thin in spots but a lot of chocolate and baking chocolate.
T-- Very carbonated in the taste. Light and a lot of chocolate. Not thick and chewy at all in the taste. Chocolate, cherry, baking chocolate, and a malt. More of a chocolate cherry brownie to me.
M-- Has a lot of the classic porter tastes but thinner and more carbonated. More suited to this climate and the milder winters. Light feel but captures what a porter should be but higher carbonation. Chewy in spots and not in others. Has a few gaps of thinness to this but nothing wrong with it.
D-- Drinkable due to the lightness of it. A porter you can drink year round here. ABV is well hidden and get what is right in porters but just a bit toned down. Not bad but different. Could use a touch less carbonation though. Otherwise solid beer.
04-05-2011 14:00:04 | More by mulder1010
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Bottled on 3/11/10. Is that the Australian date formate meaning four weeks ago? Impressive if so.
Blackish with slight red highlights and a foamy tan head. Could easily pass for a stout here. Low carbonation. Decent head retention.
Chocolate dominates the aroma. Not in a sweet candy way though. Sort of a toned down youngs dcs which is a good thing to me. No hops to hint at it's beefiness, but there is some maltiness there. A bit of roast, just enough to offset the rest which is nice.
Really wanted this to work better. In it's favor though it seems to be extremely difficult to balance chocolate in any form (other than chocolate malt) and still leave a drinkable, balanced beer.
Here the chocolate flavor is certainly a big factor and just crosses into having a slight artificial aspect to it. Maybe a big IS can get away with it, but here where the chocolate is the focus it has little to hide behind. There is a good amount of porter maltiness and enough bitterness for balance but for a relatively light 6% beer, I can't ignore that artificialness.
Getting past that, the mouthfeel is really spot on. And as for drinkability I could go one more as the finish is light and dry enough. But would struggle to do more than a pint.
Overall it's a great effort for a chocolate beer. Give me the base porter and this could be a seriously good beer.
12-06-2010 10:10:02 | More by joecast
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
Very dark copper pour with a moderately sized tan head that slowly fades.
Aroma consists of mil chocolate, roasted malt, sultanas and just a hint of vanilla (it merges with the chocolate).
Loads of chocolate grain evident upon tasting: lots of nutty and toasty note with a hint of roasted grain but little of the roasty bitterness. Some light chocolate is apparent.
Good medium body, I would have liked it to be richer/creamier.
09-24-2009 12:04:08 | More by CrazyDavros
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
330ml bottle. Winter is here, it's cold, but not that cold, so, well, oh, what the hell...
This beer pours a clear, very dark amber cola hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves a low ebbing wall of painted lace around the glass as it rather quickly sinks away.
It smells prominently of medium chocolate, edgy vanilla, some wavering nuttiness that is, and isn't, hazelnut, some almost unnoticed roasted caramel malt notes, and relatively mild fruity, earthy hops. The taste is decent powdered cocoa, blended with a more sedate vanilla bean essence, lightly toasted caramel malt, some quite understated fruity cherry notes, a taunting, weak sourness, and tame earthy, leafy hops.
The carbonation is fairly subdued, though hardly absent, the body an adequate medium weight, with caveats of thinning here and there, with a suitable lulling smoothness for the style. It finishes on the sweet side, the cocoa, now astringent vanilla, and slightly weird fruitiness facing little in terms of opposition.
An enjoyable enough brew, though I'm not getting much to qualify this as American in style, and what I do get for the London side is just a bit too ethereal in which to place belief. Whatever, this Aussie offering is doing well enough all on its own - though I do wonder what they would consider 'winter' conditions over there...
11-20-2012 04:07:31 | More by biboergosum
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
330ml bottle poured into a leffe glass
Pours a very dark amber brown with almost no head that disappears quickly.
Bam! Chocolate. Milky, nutty, sweet chocolate. Theres some nice yeasty aromas in there aswell.
On the palate this beer is pretty simple. Chocolate, and lots of it. There's a dry gritty dark roasted chocolate, a sweet milky chocolate, and strong notes of vanilla.
The mouthfeel is a little thin, although I'm starting to see I generally think this about most beers - perhaps it's my problem.
Overall this is a nice porter, and probably one of Australia's best.
01-13-2012 10:10:33 | More by
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-25-2011 00:12:47 | More by dansmcd
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
07-07-2009 04:50:49 | More by ADZA
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
05-27-2013 01:55:37 | More by soju6
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
12-27-2009 11:58:06 | More by dgilks
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
02-02-2010 07:43:02 | More by LittleCreature
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-27-2010 11:21:14 | More by jbowers56
Temptress Chocolate Porter from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
84 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.