Cantabrian (919) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - FEB 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’d be as confused as the guy below, based on the beer description for the dark ale. German tradition? A porter? Well, this is a lovely stout in my opinion. Very good indeed. Lovely aroma of roasted malts, a touch of chocolate and a good whiff of vegemite. The yeasty extract is on the flavour too, with the malts, caramels, some interesting Oxo spices, and a dry bitterness with little resemblance of hops, which does not need to be in this beer. Medium bodied, dry finish. A good find after a couple of disappointments from other breweries, I had this on the Christchurch beer festival. Fabulous presentation by the Brews Brothers, who did bother to bring some nice signage for the beers being served, as opposed to many others who had sheets of paper handwritten with markers. Looking forward to have it when in Arrowtown.
TimE (3971) - Tokyo, JAPAN - DEC 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Big flavors, coffee and roasted malt with some dark fruit, but not really balanced and flavors didn’t meld that well. I wasn’t even sure what style it was aiming for.
Ungstrup (29989) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. A nut-brown beer with a red shine under a brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, nuts, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of nuts, wood, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry woody finish.
phaleslu (7317) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the brewpub. Must have been the second version because I went in October 2009. Pours very deep red-brown, almost black, with a thick, creamy tan head that laces the glass. Aroma of molasses, game, raisins and other dark fruits, dark malts, vegetal notes, and brown sugar. Flavor is rich, sweet, roasty, and gamey, with molasses, dark fruits, roasted malts, herbal notes, hops, and caramel. Full bodied, complex, well-balanced, and flavorful. This one’s very tasty.
DuffMan (7620) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub in Arrowtown. I’m assuming I had "version 2" since chronologically I must have missed version 1. Deep mahogany red-brown, thick off-white head. Very rich aromas of molasses and French Canadian mince pie (which consists of currents, sultanas, and raisins with a brown sugar sauce baked in a sweet crust). Very fruity palate consisting of stewed fruits, sweet brown bread, molasses, toffee. Rich and full-bodied, very very good-- my favourite of the lot from this highly promising new microbrewery!
Jimthechap (1984) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 1, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
COMPLETELY different aroma to version one. Vegetal, black malt and honey. Same dark malt and herbaceous flavours; like eating a handful of grass the taste of chlorophyll is prominent (like the heatheriness you find in single malts). Coffee and herbs on the finish. This beer dares you to drink it. I’d like to see how this beer develops during bottle conditioning. Maybe even vintaged?