Brewed by Cassels & Sons Brewing Company
Style: Sweet Stout
Christchurch, New Zealand


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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Dispensed by a traditional handpump, this beer was the gold medal and trophy winner for the best cask conditioned beer at the 2011 Brewers Guild of New Zealand Awards. And if you’re thinking dry and bitter, like that famous Irish stout - forget it! Pouring an intense black hue beneath a deep, tan coloured head, the aroma is appetisingly rich, with a sweetish, mocha-like combination of chocolate and coffee notes dominating. Creamy and smooth, with just an edge of sweetness, the combines milk chocolate, caramel and soft fruity esters and leads into a cleansing finish with an ashy, charred malt note and suggestion of tart hops. Deceptively suppable, this rare example of an old English style is wonderfully flexible when it comes to food. Try it with barbecued ribs, nutty or buttery cheeses, fruit-topped cheesecake, or a slice of rich fruit cake. Geoff Griggs – October 2011

walkingstd's rating

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walkingstd (20) - - MAR 13, 2012
My favourite Nz milk stout I've tried. Bitterness gives way to a pleasant creamy aftertaste. Easant drinking. On hand pull at Volstead in Che Che. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
explosivedog (348) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2016
On handpull at Vultures Lane. Aroma is coffee, chocolate and some milkiness. Flavour is milk. Just milk. Maybe a little water. Really quite unpleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Hoponmate (142) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 8, 2016
Smells great looks great in the glass. Just a watery syrupy mess of nothing. Tons of milk no taste no finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 25, 2016
[8303-20160520] Cask. Roasted oil paint and burnt grains aroma. Black body with a very quick foamy off-white head. Rough roasted burnt grains flavour has a lactic tangy almost boozy barrel wood note. Full body. Not really a fan. (5/2/5/3/11) 2.6
(@ Cassels brewpub, Christchurch, NZ)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2016
2016-05-20. Black body with a small tan head that fades. Aroma is oddly alcoholic and herbal, which carries over into the flavour. Oddly bitter and very lightly tangy. Smooth average bodied palate, low carbonation. 5/3/5/3/10 On cask at The Brewery, Christchurch, NZ.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luvystypotables (1688) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2016
A subdued aroma of bitter chocolate, with notes of malt and coffee. Pours a dark brown color with a last foamy tan head. Amazing taste of malted milk, chocolate and coffee with a creamy feel and a coffee finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtangel (10) - NEW ZEALAND - MAY 16, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2015 Black appearance with good tan head. Rich malty and coffee aroma. The flavor is very creamy and immensely drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluevegie (3071) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2014
Tried off the handpump at the source. Presented well, black body short tan head, choc notes and some coffee on the aroma, smooth taste with good body coffee and choc coming through again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1361) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 13, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2014 At cellar temperature via hand-pump this brew sure is smooth. Surprisingly full bodied and balanced in a lowish strength beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sm89walt (1972) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 4, 2014
Keg - Brothers Beer, Auckland. Quite flat looking on the pour with no head to sit atop its near opaque dark brown body. Milk chocolate, gently roasted malts, a lactic sweetness and milky-sweet coffee characters across nose and palate. Medium body and smooth with soft carbonation on the palate. Hints of yeast, dark/dried fruits and liqurorice complexities to boot. Lengthy in the finish with a charry, dark malt finish. Satisfying, easygoing but full of charm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
skortila (5334) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Cassels. New Zealand holiday 2011-12. Old notes. The aroma has roasty malts, some chocolate, some coffee. Black coloured beer with a thon, off-white head. The taste is a bit sweet, light bitter, roasty, has milk chocolate. Very easy drinking beer, with a light creamy mouthfeel. Still bit a dry end.

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