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Temptress Chocolate Porter | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Temptress Chocolate PorterTemptress Chocolate Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
Australia
holgatebrewhouse.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brendan13 on 08-12-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
52
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
16.58%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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...

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Photo of jbowers56
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The Temptress is ok. Trying it at the Sail & Anchor in Freo. It poured an opaque dark with white head that is leaving a lace. The scent had waifs of chocolate and coffee. The taste followed the scent with some vanilla added in. The Mouthfeel was lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall it's ok certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Dhamma73
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pin
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of joecast
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of litchity
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of rjimlad
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap in a pint glass. Good colour, creamy tan head. Not much aroma.
Flavour is toasty malt, roast beef, cocoa chocolate. Some pumpernickel breadiness as well. Not overly complex. Enjoyable but nit overky interesting.

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Photo of Macca
4.27/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of juju7
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of DocDownUnder
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bobhoya
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of soju6
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of adityashekhar
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Mendicant
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Yodo
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kojevergas
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Regrettably brief review for a 330ml bottle purchased at Beer Lab in Chiang Mai, Thailand for 290 baht.

6.0% ABV. "Infused with Dutch cocoa and whole vanilla beans." OG 1.058. IBU 31. EBC 60.

A: Khaki head is thin but longlasting, retaining for 7 minutes. Body is a deep dark ruby-black.

Sm: Vanilla, dark malts, chocolate malts, sweet moist bread, malty sweetness.

Unfortunately, the vanilla isn't particularly deep or expressive, and doesn't come off particularly genuine.

A subdued aroma that indicates a shallow but balanced chocolate porter.

T: Yup - shallow across the board, with a heavy chocolate malt presence, ample dark malt sweetness, and some faint vanilla with an artificial bend. If I tried this in a blind tasting, I'd figure it was brewed by Rogue.

Contrary to the label, I find no coffee or caramel character.

Not imbalanced even if it does tug towards the sweeter end of the spectrum.

Shallow, simple, enjoyable.

Mf: Smooth, medium-bodied, wet, approachable. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

O: A mediocre stab at a chocolate porter that goes after nothing more than satisfaction of basic style conventions, Temptress is a shallow simple brew with meagre ambitions - and frankly, it's far from tempting.

C (2.95) / AVERAGE

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Photo of Gusmotel
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mungus
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Buklen
4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of laituegonflable
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Temptress Chocolate Porter from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
3.68 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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