grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 17, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lovely - warm chocolate-like malt notes, cut against by crisp late hopped aroma and bitterness. Very sexy indeed.
KapitiCritique (345) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - MAY 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500 ml bottle
Aroma: Hoppy with a hint of tanned leather.
Appearance: Dark reddish brown, clear and frothy, thin head, good lacing
Taste: Strongly bitter
Palate: Medium to full body, light creamy texture, average carbonation and astringent finish
Overall: Drinkable. Not complex or particularly remarkable but certainly a brown ale.
davidm (1916) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 25, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. Great, unique beer. Aromas of grass, roasted caramel, and liquorice. Taste is sweet, with light bitter notes, and long lasting. Palate is velvety, with a medium body, and lively carbonation. Dark brown, with a frothy white head.
beerequalizer (22) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 12, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An interesting take on a brown ale. I found the hops character a little out of favour with malt character... But it is an interesting take nonetheless... Good job.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 17, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown in colour with cream coloured head. Mild chocolate flavour, smooth silky mouthfeel, well balanced and bitterness lingers for ages. Yummy.
jonno (2087) - JAPAN - FEB 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Found this to be in porter territory. Had that defining roasty ness to it with a little splash of hops on top though it didn’t have a chalky, jagged finish a porter might often have. Well rounded and obviously Soren knows his stuff just not my bag of hops. Nate mate great!
nate2g (1548) - Boomtown! / Waikato, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (Batch#1). Pours very dark brown with a creamy light brown head. It’s roasty on the nose with underlying fruity hops. Chocolate malt comes through in the flavour and a fruity hop burst balances out the malt. A roasty finish but perhaps slightly chalky and a ’soapy’ character too. It’s quite subtle all round but this has real potential. Courtesy of the man himself - cheers mate!
creative_free (37) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice chocolate, roasty and also fruity hop aroma. Dark brown with a nice head which lasts. Chocolate roasted flavors with also a really nice hoppy taste. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, slightly on the thin side but this adds to the drinkability. I really enjoyed the mix of malty, chocolate flavours in this beer along with the delicious hops which make it very drinkable.
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 11, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aromas are a spicy, cinnamonish chocolate, with a mild hop.
Flavours are tangy at first with fruit such as grapes. Some spiciness, with clove and cinnamon. Nice dark malt flavours, with a tiny amount of coffee. Roasty and nutty and hoppy.
bozoNZ (716) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 7, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
500ml bottle - Looks like Coke in a glass but with good tan head, can’t be faulted. Nice green/wet hop aroma. Flavour has touches of coffee, chocolate but dominated by the same ’green’ hop flavour. Hints of tobacco. Zings off the tongue, palate a little watery and lemon citrus at times but more than happy to drink this all day long.