Tuatara Black
Tuatara Brewing Co.

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Tuatara Brewing Co.
New Zealand
American Stout
4.1 | pDev: 3.66%
Oct 01, 2015
Sep 20, 2013
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Rated: 4.02 by dansmcd from Australia

Oct 01, 2015
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Reviewed by doktorhops from Australia

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From thee mighty venerable dragon-slaying (in the lizard that they are named after sense) New Zealand brewer [bruwa!] Tuatara comes this toasted malt “Black”. I always get excited when I review a new New Zealand craft brew - more so with Tuatara, who tie for me with Yeastie Boys as best NZ brewer EVA! Black is no exception to the giddy anticipation - I could hardly wait to crack open this lizard and guzzle it into my gizzard with a blizzard... err, going on... outside... Eddie Izzard [had to keep the rhymes going Yo].

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Black like my heart, the way I like my Stouts, with a nice 1 cm tan cappuccino foam striding atop the beast that is this brew... at least until I taste it and tell if it is a beast [of course!]. 8/10.

S: Roasty, toasty and sweet with cereal grains milling about kicking dust into the air like some gang of high school delinquents... I approve of this delinquency as I have another whiff... a slight coffee bean note, a big perfume note... vanilla perhaps? Regardless it is an enticing aroma - but we all know the story about the NZ beer with the great fragrance that didn’t live up to its promise - I’ve told this story a few times before. I have faith in Tuatara though, unlike Epic. 9/10.

T: The flavour comes across a little more muted than the bouquet, but not much, and a hell of a lot more roasty - with notes of: Roasted coffee bean, toasted malt [that’s an easy one - it’s printed in large friendly letters on the front of the bottle], light smokiness, vanilla... more vanilla, some vanilla, did I mention vanilla? [yes, shut up!] some earthiness that I find in almost every good Aussie craft beer, and a slight herbal hop finish. This is one page turner of a Stout - I’m pretty hooked, it’s no FBS but it’s got me thinking about Stouts, the universe, and everything else*. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a light but dense enough-if-you-give-it-a-chance carbonation. An almost boo-yah performance. 8/10.

D: This is one brew that makes me think of Founders Breakfast Stout (or FBS to the uninitiated) in all the good ways - what FBS is to BSs this Stout is to NZSs - it has the right combination of flavours and I’m trying really hard to find a fault with it... perhaps a slight bit under-flavoured for a 7% Stout? Nope, not good enough, this is a world class Stout, well done Tuatara. 8/10. FYI: Forgoing the food match for cigars - hope you understand. Btw: Cubans.

*Douglas Adams fan/me = Obvious.
Sep 27, 2015
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Reviewed by JackieKu from Taiwan

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml bottle. Best before 2017-05-07.

A: Opaque black. Poured 3 fingers high of head, it was dense and retained.
S: Chocolate. Some woody aroma. Slightly toasted. Slightly nutty.
T: Cocoa milk. Moderate roasted flavor. Elegant sweetness. Medium- hoppy (of grassy amd floral). Moderate bitterness. Long and dry finish.
M: Full bodied. High carbonation.
O: Flavorful and drinkable stout.
May 31, 2015
Rated: 4.38 by MikeKSmith from England

Mar 30, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by ddaedalus from New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Feb 22, 2015
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.84/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Tuatara Brewing 'Black Stout' @ 7.0% , served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $7
A-pour is cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small thin tan head leaving a minimal lace ring along the pint
S-malty , coffee
T-taste is similar to a weak 'RIS' , slight bitterness on the swallow
MF-ok/decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-ok beer , decent American stout
prost LampertLand
Dec 26, 2014
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
500ml, black bottle, with a very cool lizard scale and skin texture trail, leading up to the spout - these Kiwis seem to have a predilection for our amphibian friends, they do.

This beer pours a rather solid black hole, with the faintest of basal cola edges, and three fingers of puffy, rocky, and broadly bubbly tan head, which leaves some incredibly dense jungle canopy lace around the glass as it slowly abates.

It smells of mildly toasted and bready caramel malt, a slight savoury meatiness, some dankly roasted native NZ berries, the sort familiar from their wines, but not this way, not this way, a twinge of gritty yeast, and more leafy, grassy, and somewhat citrusy hops. The taste is bready, grainy caramel malt, a sort of wet char, subtle bittersweet cocoa, cheeky earthy, leafy, and orange/white grapefruit hop bitters, further understated orchard berry notes, and the barest of cutesy warming alcohol esters.

The carbonation is pretty low-key in its frothy emanations, the body a solid medium-heavy weight for the style, and mostly smooth, a tame boozy measure contemplating going all blotto on the scene, as it were. It finishes well off-dry, the cocoa, muted caramel, and antipodean fruitiness holding fast against the hops and alcohol that just want to take yer jerrrrbbs!

A patently enjoyable and well-balanced version of this new-world style - sweet and hoppy, all in more or less perfect conjunction, for their function, eh? At any rate, these New Zealanders have done a bang-up job of mixing business (a solid base stout) and pleasure (some sassy United Nations hops). Yum.
Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4 by Stoutmeister from Massachusetts

Oct 19, 2014
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Reviewed by danieelol from Australia

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Cool, ridged bottle. Didn't have a UV light to test out its claims though.

Pours black, a little bit more subdued and little less soul-destroying but still black.

Nice head with a moderately tanned head and fantastic lacing.

Smell is really hoppy. Hydroponically so. Roasty too. Bit o' malt flavour. Has almost a cookies'n' cream flavour.

Taste is big American hops, big roast. Again, a bit of fruity malt.

I do have a soft spot for a really hoppy and roasty stout. Kind of similar to Epic's Double Stout, and highly enjoyable. Wish all (non-BA) stouts were like this.
Oct 11, 2013
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Reviewed by ADZA from Australia

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A new release from these guys and its a hoppy stout so more American than anything and pours the darkest brown almost black hue with a creamy moccachino two finger head and clingy lacing that leaves its mark,the smell is toasty dark malts with an underlining of typical berry influenced NZ hops with some herbalness as well,the mouthfeel Is medium bodied with above moderate carbonation and basically it's a marriage made in heaven of dark toasty malts and big NZ hops where each has their own space and time to shine separately while not being able to be what it is without each other and it's a tasty stout that's limited that will be another repurchase cheers.
Sep 20, 2013
Tuatara Black from Tuatara Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 10 ratings