espenra (797) - Kurland, NORWAY - JUL 5, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
50cl bottle at Amundsen. A very dark amber colour, bordering on brown, almost black colour with no head. Aroma is malty and sweet with fruity notes. Some hints of yeast or bread. Flavour is also sweet and the fruity notes are also present. Some bitterness and hops. Definately malts.
pmuzz (383) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2012 Had the privilege of another bottle. All I can say was that for a kiwi beer this is awesome, absolutely stunning.
gunnfryd (9379) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2012 Bottle at Patricks. Dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma is dust, alcohol, caramel, malt, cacao. Flavour is dust, cacao, hop, caramel, malt, pine, grapefruit, alcohol. Full body. Nice beer.
Theis (12162) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette. Clear dark dark red/brown - offwhite head. High malty, lovely hoppy, dried fruits, ryebread, nutty, lovely high bitterness, light sweetness, lots of nuts. Nice pleasant.
jonno (2014) - JAPAN - JUN 25, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark berries, soft black chocolate and some tropical fruit in the nose. Good mouth feel here- Very silky. Lowish carbonation. Big dark, wood like characteristic with a touch of cinnamon and toffee malt. Big hops to finish and well rounded. Wouldn’t say it’s a complex beer - but it’s gregarious. Alcohol well masked. Good, bold drinking - Thanks Nate!
swoopjones (4940) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the festival, Worcester MA. Dep copper. Scoth ale notes, malty sweetness, peat, rich bw. Ores, big and boozy. You can feel all 3 contributions. Good
Maris (855) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From 500ml bottle on 17/6/2012 (shared with Butz). Pours a very dark amber with a smallish head. Has a smooth fruity aroma with berries particularly prominent. The Scotch ale element is quite prominent in this, and there are distinctive dark fruit notes, along with some chocolate malt. Has a big, lingering hop bitterness, which is not unexpected given the Hopwired/#100 pedigree. Nice stuff.
gam (2915) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Small head very dark rosewood coloured pour soft carbonation aromas caramel dark fruits nut the flavours toffee resin caramel medium ibu nutty fruity dark citrus smooth on the palate good tastes the finish flavours are medium strong well bought out nice malty earthy tastes floral touch hoppy lasting bitter
mcsimmo (30) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 1, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark red, port-like in colour. There’s a real melting pot of aromas - caramel, booze, berries. The beer delivers as promised. It is creamy, quite a full body giving a good mouthfeel, and has the caramels of a scotch ale, booziness of a barleywine with some berries thrown in and the bitter hoppy finish of an IPA that lingers at the end. And yet it all comes together quite nicely.
hawthorne00 (2107) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Almost black - but clear reddish amber with a light behind it - an inch of off white head lasts and laces. Aroma of grapes, gooseberries, bitter oranges, raisins, lychees, toffee, cocoa, smoke. Sounds like a mess, but it hangs together. Oily mouthfeel. Tastes as it smells - there’s an initial citrus and resin tanginess, then smokey toffee sweetness and fruit, then as bitterness asserts itself cocoa creeps in. Lingering fruity bitter finish. Just avoiding being a jumble of flavours would have been fairly impressive here - but this has real charm. Even the joke is good.