Tooborac's new brewer asked us not to do a listing for this as he's down to the last handful of bottles. But what the hey, it's such a good statement of where Chris intends to take the tiny brewery an hour or so north of Melbourne that we thought we would anyway. Having remade the brewery's Pale and Amber to his recipes, he's knocked out the driest of dry stouts and this over the winter months, this being a sizeable dark ale (his Porter we believe) that spent two months in a merlot barrel. The result is nice and smooth, with the wine subtly apparent in the aroma and in the mouth, blending rather seamlessly with the chocolate and toffee malt characters. You'll have to be quick to taste this year's batch, already next year's version - which will spend around a year in the barrel - is already bubbling away in the brewery.