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Temptress Chocolate Porter - Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Temptress Chocolate PorterTemptress Chocolate Porter

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brendan13 on 08-12-2008)
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Photo of doktorhops
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%

Holgate, those likeable chaps from Mount Macedon 69 clicks out of Melbourne (the Victorian variety), are a decent craft brewer from my previous forays into their Road Trip and Hopinator, that seem to be chasing a craft style that is a touch American (i.e. well-hopped brews) with a hint of Aussie (i.e. let’s not overdo it as Australians can’t handle big hops). I appreciate what they bring to the table whilst at the same time wishing they didn’t pander to the MCM - Mass Craft Market: My term for people getting into craft brews because of (its now) immense popularity but who also can’t handle a beer with hops, so they seek a faux-hopped beer to look cool and wax lyrical over how “impressive” and “fruity” the hops are in said beer... Wow, am I now a beer snob? Nah!

Poured from tap into a 425ml Schooner.

A: Clear cola body with a half centimetre tan head. Not bad, not terrific, not qu'est-ce que c'est - average, sorta better than. 6/10.

S: Notes of milk/dark chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee, vanilla extract and an odd (for a Porter) floral hop note lingering in the background. Not as chocolaty as it should be with a name like “Chocolate Porter”, I’ve smelt more chocolate in a hardback copy of Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. 6/10.

T: Here we go: Some bold chocolate upfront, with hints of the above (coffee, vanilla) and a slight bitter floral hop finish. Tasty and moreish. Although that floral hop finish is still quite distracting for the style... I’ll forgive it just this once. 7/10.

M: Nice and medium bodied with a light but dense carbonation. Again tap beers do benefit greatly over bottles in the mouthfeel. 8/10.

D: It is overall a solid and tasty Porter. Interesting hop finish given the style but I say it works well in presenting the taste buds with something different. The ABV at 6% is intriguing as it doesn’t feel any more than a 4 or 5% brew so they’ve hidden that well. Temptress is classic Holgate territory, they generally put together a solid brew without any muss, they aren’t quite as good as Feral or Little Creatures, or my new fav HopDog though so I really don’t go out of my way to buy their brews. 7/10.

Food match: Something gooey, chocolaty and beefy - how about a stew with chocolate, beef and a hint of chilli (because you need to add chilli to chocolate these days, it’s a rule).

doktorhops, Sunday at 08:40 AM
Photo of Jeffo
2.2/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

Jeffo, Jul 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Mendicant, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of SmashPants
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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).

SmashPants, Jul 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Poupae, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

adityashekhar, Jun 16, 2013
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.

soju6, May 27, 2013
Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -19.6%

pin, May 22, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

biboergosum, Nov 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

MordeciaFunk, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

tbeckett, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Toffman
2.88/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Toffman, Mar 03, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

, Jan 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

danieelol, Nov 28, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

mungus, Nov 20, 2011
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.

dansmcd, Oct 25, 2011
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.

DocDownUnder, Aug 05, 2011
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Temptress Chocolate Porter from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
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