Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Decent though overrated amber. As expected, the hop taste comes through far better as the beer warms. Well malted up front, sauvignon hops are there mid sip on, something more subtle for this style. Good drinkability.Slightly red appearance.
Gerbeer (1722) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with large retentive head. Aromas of malts and caramel, with notes of citrus, light pine, and dark fruit. Very similar though more pronounced flavors, especially on the hops. Nice, though catching a bit of a funny resin taste and definite acidity on the finish.
ciaranc (842) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 29, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Moderate to heavy hops on the nose, along with herbs, pine, resin and grapefruit. Nicely balanced with moderate toasted, caramel malt. Pour is a ruby red/brown with a smallish creamy, off white, mostly lasting head. The middle is where this beer shines, with a light to moderate caramel sweetness, once again balanced by a light to moderate bitter hoppiness. Palate is excellent, medium bodied, creamy (a touch oily even) soft carbonation and an average, not overlong finish making this very drinkable. Another excellent beer from arguably NZs best and most consistent brewery.
WheatKing (1287) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t know why but I love the viscosity and mouthfeel of 8 Wired beers. I think that’s largely what sets them apart. Feels like hop resins and heavy malts. The aroma was fruity, as expected from a hopped New Zealand beer, and there’s woodiness in the malts’ taste as it blends with the hop bitterness. Superbly balanced!
petergaynor (111) - NEW ZEALAND - SEP 12, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
500ml bottle. Pours dark red-brown with coffee head. Malty nuts and hops on the nose with some grassy floral hops. Taste is somewhat bitter and sharp, with a small amount of earth, and plenty of floral type tastes.
SimplySike (831) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - SEP 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poors clear red/amber with strong foamy head.
Aroma malts, honey, dark ripe fruits, caramel,
Taste good bitter, some honey sweet,
tderoeck (4490) - Gent, BELGIUM - AUG 31, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
28/VIII/2012 50cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2012-977)
Clear red to purple beer, big frothy off-white head, pretty stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: sweet malts, honey, lots of ripe fruits, bit soapy, some exotic fruits, caramel. MF: ok carbon, medium body. taste: very fruity, malty, sweet ripe fruits, some honey, bit floral, is it Nelson Sauvin in this one? bitter touch, some grapefruit. Aftertaste: very fruity, sweet malts, little soapy, nice bitter touch, bit grassy, fruity ending, pretty bitter.
davidm (1928) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - AUG 31, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle from King&Godfree. Great mixture of flavours. Aromas of caramel, grass, and vinegar. Taste is sweet, bitter, and sour; with long length. Palate is velvety, with a medium-to-full body. Copper colour, with a frothy head.
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, consumed during my inauspicious FFL auction draft. Deep red-orange colour, nice fruity sweet hop aroma, mostly stonefruits and melons. Sugary sweet caramel in equal partnership with fruity hops, ending in a well-balanced bitterness. I enjoyed this entire bottle, but I did not enjoy some of my draft outcomes. How the fuck did I end up with Ben Rothlesberger?
mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep clear reddish mahogany with a moderate creamy head with great retention. Beautiful hoppy and sweet aroma, dark fruits and citrusy bitterness - wonderful! Strong malt flavour - plums, light molasses (fancy) and dark caramel with a fresh citrusy/piny hop finish. Good carbonation, moderate body. Really really nice!