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Beer – #997 – Fortune Favours – The Gatekeeper – Leeds St Porter 

Fortune Favours The Gatekeeper – Leeds St Porter. This magnificent thing is c/- my mystery Secret Santa person from Twitter. They’ve outdone themselves and win my eternal gratitude and love. This is a craft beer in a one-off fill your own can, something they can do, and desired to me with a glass. It is a thing to behold.

the perfect solution when you really feel like

A Porter that is 5.5% ABV and about 165 calories a serve size, this is  946ml of a canned craft  beer and this 4.11 standard drinks in one can!

Brewed by Fortune Favours this on is in the style that is of a: Porter they do that in Wellington, New Zealand

A dark malty Porter enhanced with the addition of locally sourced Coffee Beans and Cocoa Nibs.

Size of a cannon shell

At the gateway to Leeds St lies Fortune Favours brewery and bar. Within its walls dwells the Gatekeeper; a dark, malty beer enhanced with additions of locally sourced coffee and chocolate. Despite its ability to keep you awake at night it is a genuinely approachable porter, full of flavour without being too heavy. Some would say it is the perfect solution when you really feel like a beer, but are also suffering from caffeine withdrawal! Coffee and cocoa nibs provide an extra boost to the classic porter flavours, nothing over the top but definitely noticeable. A healthy dose of Taiheke hops adds further complexity and provides balance.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

Lovely burst of Coffee when you pop that lid as it did with a crisp crack, and it’s well behaved and stayed mostly in the can 🙂

A large head ensued as I again showed how inept I am with a can, but to be fair this is like a bucket sized can, and I got is mostly in the glass even if it ended up a 50/50

Green Coffee bean aroma along with a nice coffee aroma, sort of berry sweet, Sightly more bitter than I expected.

Fruity sweetness at the finish that was too excited. To labour it this is a fruity sweet porter with a nose of coffee.

I’d have liked this to be fuller in the mouthfeel and less berry sweet, but it’s not hard to enjoy and is easy to drink, as it warms the coffee base really begins to settle this down and bring some overall depth to the fore.

The coffee bean though just a little too green and it carries that sweetness to far, but hey when I’m next on the world tour in Wellington meet me at the bar and we can talk about this and other things.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. No it’s not the best beer I’ve had but it is amongst the most memorable because the giant can, the glass and the generosity of strangers. I’d have liked this to be fuller and have more body and be less berry sweet. but I like it enough.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? This was a gift from the #NZSecretSanta  2017, so I have no idea who they are, but they are wonderful 🙂
  • Am I enjoying it? I am, I managed a proper pour the second and third time, I’m getting good at this.
  • Would I have another? Next time in Wellington meet me at the bar.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? This is a wonderful thing, fresh canned to order, and that keeps well, I can’t imagine why this isn’t a thing elsewhere, but someone has to lead. This is nice Porter but a little berry sweet for me and I thought needed a bit more middle, but I’d share this can over a cheese and meat platter and that’d go down a treat.

Music for this:  I’ve let Spotify choose me a list of my song from this year, and there’s music from The National, Elbow, Slowdive, The Stranglers,  and others

I went with a Stranger video.



Black or chocolate malt gives the porter its dark brown color. Porters are well hopped and heavily malted. This is a medium-bodied beer. Porters can be sweet. Hoppiness can range from bitter to mild. Porters are often confused with stouts.



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